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Patricia J. S. Colberg, Ph.D., P.E.

Patricia J. S. Colberg, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs


JEB 125J



Mailing Address

Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1022
Moscow, ID 83844-1022

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 1983
  • M.S., Bacteriology, University of Idaho, 1977
  • B.S., Science and Mathematics, North Dakota State University, 1975

ATTENTION: Professor Colberg is not accepting new graduate students.

ATTENTION: Professor Colberg is not accepting new graduate students.

Her research interests include both basic and applied questions, but are largely focused on remediation of organic and metal contaminants in the subsurface.

Patricia J. S. Colberg came to the University of Idaho in August 2015 to chair U of I's Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering after 23 years at the University of Wyoming, where she was the first woman to achieve the rank of professor in the College of Engineering. She spent several years in Switzerland and the Netherlands before joining the UW faculty. She is a licensed professional engineer in Wyoming and Idaho. She was named an Education Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences in 2004 and is a former ABET IDEAL Senior Scholar.

  • Zhang, M., Wang, H., S. Jin, P. H. Fallgren, and P. J. S. Colberg. 2016. Electrochemically enhanced reduction of trichloroethylene by passivated zero-valent iron. J. Environ. Chem. Eng. 4:599-604.
  • Huo, G., F. Liu, M. Liu, X. Kong, S. Li, L. Chen, P. J. S. Colberg, S. Jin, and H. Chen. 2014. Performance of a permeable reactive barrier for the in situ remediation of ammonia in groundwater. Water Sci. Technol. 14.4:585-592.
  • Chen, L., S. Jin, P. H. Fallgren, N. Swoboda-Colberg, F. Liu, and P. J. S. Colberg. 2012. Electrochemical depassivation of zero-valent iron for TCE reduction. J. Hazard. Mater. 239-240:265-269.
  • Borman, C. J., B. P. Sullivan, C. M. Eggleston, and P. J. S. Colberg. 2010. Is iron redox cycling in a high altitude watershed photochemically or thermally driven? Chem. Geol. 269:33-39.
  • Jin, S., J. I. Drever, and P. J. S. Colberg. 2007. Effects of copper on bacterial consortia enriched from metal-contaminated and uncontaminated sediments. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 26:225-230.
  • Markwiese, J. T., and P. J. S. Colberg. 2000. Bacterial reduction of copper-contaminated sediments: Copper toxicity and the interaction between fermentative and Fe(III)-reducing bacteria. Archiv. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 38:139-146.
  • Bedessem, M. E., N. G. Swoboda-Colberg, and P. J. S. Colberg. 1997. Naphthalene mineralization coupled to sulfate reduction in aquifer-derived enrichments. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 152:213-218.
  • Colberg, P. J. S., and L. Y. Young. 1995. Anaerobic Degradation of Nonhalogenated Homocyclic Aromatic Compounds Coupled with Nitrate, Iron or Sulfate, pp. 301-324. In L. Y. Young and C. E. Cerniglia (eds.), Microbiological Transformation and Degradation of Toxic Organic Chemicals, Wiley-Liss, New York.
  • Colberg, P. J. S. 1991. The role of sulfate in microbial transformations of environmental contaminants: chlorinated aromatic compounds. Geomicrobiol. J. 8:147-165.
  • Kuhn, E. P., P. J. Colberg, J. L. Schnoor, O. Wanner, A. J. B. Zehnder, and R. P. Schwarzenbach. 1985. Microbial transformations of substituted benzenes during infiltration of river water to ground water: laboratory column studies. Environ. Sci. Technol. 19:961-968.

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Buchanan Engineering Building Rm. 102

Mailing Address:

Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1022
Moscow, ID 83844-1022

Phone: 208-885-6782