Judith Perlinger

















ScD, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 1995; MS, University of Minnesota, 1990; BS University of Minnesota, 1985

Career and Recent Professional Awards; Teaching Awards


Fulbright Fellowship, Norway, 2010; Excellence in Review Award, Journal of Environmental Science & Technology; Michigan Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence Inductee for Fredrick D. Williams Instructional Innovation Award Nomination


Positions Held

Michigan Technological University, 1995-present.  Visiting appointments: Post-doctoral fellow, Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science & Technology; National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration; Norwegian Institute for Water Research

Professional Leadership


Member, International Joint Commission Science Advisory Board, 2003-07; Director, Michigan Tech S-STEM Program in Sustainability, 2008-12


University Affiliations


Faculty Member, Atmospheric Sciences Doctoral Program

Faculty Member, Environmental Engineering Doctoral Program

Member, Center for Water & Society

Member, Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Institute

Member, Ecosystem Science Center

Member, Great Lakes Research Center

Member, Sustainable Futures Institute




ENVE3501 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering

ENVE4501 Environmental Engineering Chemical Processes

ENVE4506 Application of Sustainability Principles and Environmental Regulations to Engineering Practice

ENVE4519/CH4519/ENVE5509/CH5509 Transport and Transformation of Organic Pollutants

ENVE5512/ATM5512 Applied Boundary Layer Meteorology




Our research is in the transport and transformation of mass and energy in the environment, with current focus on the atmosphere, micrometeorology, environmental organic and analytical chemistry, and sustainability. 


Selected Publications


Urban, N.R., Mwangi, J., and Perlinger, J.A., Diurnal and seasonal patterns of CO2 concentrations in air above Lake Superior, J. Geophys. Res. – Biogeosci., in revision.

Rowe, M.D., and Perlinger, J.A., Micrometeorological measurements of hexachlorobenzene and polychlorinated biphenyl compound air-water gas exchange in Lake Superior and comparison to model predictions, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 4607-4617, 2012.

Nizzetto, L., and Perlinger, J.A., Climatic, biological and land cover controls on the exchange of gas-phase semivolatile chemical pollutants between air and forest canopies, Environ. Sci. Technol., 46, 2699-2707, 2012.

Rowe, M.D., Perlinger, J.A., and Fairall, C.F., A Lagrangian model to predict modification of near-surface scalar mixing ratios and air-water exchange fluxes in offshore flow, Boundary-Layer Meteorol., 140, 87-103, 2011.

Rowe, M.D., Fairall, C.W., and Perlinger, J.A., Chemical sensor resolution requirements for near-surface measurements of turbulent fluxes, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 5263-5275, 2011.

Nizzetto, L., MacLeod, M., Cabrerizo, A., Dachs, J., Di Guardo, A., Ghirardello, D., Hansen, K.M., Jarvis, A., Lindroth, A., Ludwig, B., Monteith, D., Perlinger, J.A., Scheringer, M., Schwendenmann, L., Semple, K.T., Wick, L.Y., Zhang, G. and Jones, K.C., Past, present and future controls on levels of persistent organic pollutants in the global environment, Environ. Sci. Technol., 44, 6526-6531, 2010.

Rowe, M.D. and Perlinger, J.A., Performance of a high flow-rate, thermally-extractable diffusion denuder for semivolatile organic chemical atmospheric concentration measurement, Environ. Sci. Technol., 44, 2098-2104, 2010.

Rowe, M.D., and Perlinger, J.A., Prediction of gas collection efficiency and particle collection artifact for atmospheric semivolatile organic compounds in multicapillary denuders, J. Chromatogr. A, 1217, 256-263, 2010. 
Rowe, M.D., and Perlinger, J.A., Gas-phase cleanup method for analysis of trace atmospheric semivolatile organic compounds by thermal desorption from diffusion denuders, J. Chromatogr. A, 216, 5940-5948, 2009.
Rowe, M.D., Perlinger, J.A., and Urban, N.R., Modeling contaminant behavior in Lake Superior: A comparison of PCBs, PBDEs, and mercury, In: M. Munawar, I.F. Munawar (Eds.), 
      State of Lake Superior, Ecovision World Monograph Series, Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management Society, pp. 239-286, Burlington, Canada, 2008.

Venkatapathy, R., Bessingpas, D.G., Canonica, S., and Perlinger, J.A. Kinetic models for trichloroethylene transformation by zero-valent iron, Appl. Catal. B: Environmental, 37, 139-159, 2002.

Perlinger, J.A., Kalluri, V.M., Venkatapathy, R., and Angst, W., Addition of hydrogen sulfide to juglone, Environ. Sci. Technol., 36, 2663-2669, 2002.

Perlinger, J.A., Venkatapathy, R., and Harrison, J.F., Linear free energy relationships for polyhalogenated alkane transformation by electron-transfer mediators in model aqueous systems, J. Phys. Chem., A, 104, 2752-2763, 2000.

Perlinger, J.A., Buschmann, J., Angst, W., and Schwarzenbach, R.P., Iron porphyrin and mercaptojuglone mediated reduction of polyhalogenated methanes and ethanes in homogeneous aqueous solution, Environ. Sci. Technol., 32, 2431-2437, 1998.

Perlinger, J.A., Angst, W., and Schwarzenbach, R.P., Kinetics of the reduction of hexachloroethane by juglone in solutions containing hydrogen sulfide, Environ. Sci. Technol., 30, 3408-3417, 1996.


Updated 8-20-12

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