Jodi Shann

Jodi R Shann


Director of the Environmental Studies Program

Rieveschl Hall


A&S Environmental Studies - 0006

Professional Summary

Environmental Chemistry; Biodegradation and Phytoremediation; Ecological Restoration


Ph.D.: North Carolina State University Raliegh, NC, 1986 (Botany & Plant Biochemistry)

M.S.: University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI, 1981 (Plant and Soil Science )

B.S.: Stockton State College Pomona, NJ, 1976 (Marine Science)

Research and Practice Interests

My research interests and program have developed and evolved over time. Although I was originally trained in the plant sciences, it was always their ecology and environmental chemistry that intrigued me. To really address these integrative areas, I expanded my program to include consideration of the the entire system; plants, microorganisms, and soil.

I have often focused on the remediation of contaminated soil systems. This includes research on phytoremediation (plant-based), bioremediation (microbial-based), and the manner in which the soil environment effects these processes. The approach is analytical, correlating (lab and field) performance by the plants and microbes to the forms, levels, and bioavailability of environmental compounds.

Research Interests
Environmental Chemistry; Biodegradation and Phytoremediation; Ecological Restoration
Active Research Areas
Phytoremediation of metal, PAH, and halogenated compounds
Soil aging: bioavailability and sequestration of contaminants
Ecological restoration of contaminated sites

Positions and Work Experience

2011 -To Present Director, Environmental Studies Program, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2001 -To Present Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

1998 -2000 Director, Environmental Studies Program, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

1996 -1997 Visiting Scientist, Environmental Biotechnology Division, DuPont Co, DE

1994 -2001 Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

1988 -1994 Assistant Professor , University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

1986 -1988 Postdoctoral Fellow, DOE/University of Georgia, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Aiken, SC

1978 -1979 Computer Programmer, Lamont Doherty Geophysical Institute, Columbia University, NY

Research Support

Grant: #R82877001-0 Investigators:Shann (PI) Rogstad (Co-PI) 2001 -2005 USEPA Hazardous Substances Research Center Program Sustainable Remediation $228,074.

Grant: #Grant No. R831072 Investigators:K. Nedunuri (PI) Shann (Co-I) 2003 -2006 EPA Superfund Minority Institutions Program Agronomic Optimization of Phytoremediation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon $336,649

Grant: #Grant No. ES04908 Investigators:Shann (PI) 2001 -2006 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Phytoremediation of Contaminated Soils $468,516.

Grant: #ES04908-07 Investigators:Shann, Kinkle (Co-PIs) 1995 -2000 NIEHS Bioremediation of Soil-Ecological Interactions and Limitations $471,413.

Grant: #ES04908-05 Investigators:Shann, Vestal (Co-PIs) 1990 -1995 National Institute of Environmental Health Science [NIEHS] Rhizosphere Biodegradation of Hazardous Material $498,500.

Investigators:Shann (PI) 1991 Westinghouse Environmental Management Company Review and Analysis of Ecological Assessment Documents $10,324.

Investigators:Shann (PI) 1990 Ohio Hazardous Substance Research and Environmental Management Institute Bioremedial Potential of Bacterium Living Symbiotically in Legume Nodules $20,500.

Investigators:Shann (PI) 1989 University Research Council Cell Walls as Charged Surface Barriers to Environmental Aluminum $7,500.

Investigators:Shann (PI) 1990 University Research Council Phenolic Allelochemicals in Ecosystems $3,500.

Investigators:Sweigart, C.G., M. B. McGrew, and J.R Shann 08-2013 -05-2014 UC residential Housing Living-learning Community: EcoHouse 10K + residence Active Type:Grant Level:University

Investigators:Shann, Maynard, Buckberger (Co-PIs) 1994 -1996 Ohio Research Challenge Grant Effectiveness of Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment $50,000.

Investigators:Shann (PI) 1994 -1995 Browning Ferris Industries, Pilot-scale Testing of Constructed Wetlands for Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage and Biodegradation of VOCs, $33,000.

Investigators:Shann (PI) 1992 -1993 Proctor & Gamble Co Microbial Characterization of Actual and Simulated MSW Compost $74,808.

Investigators:Shann (PI) and Papautsky (co-PI) 2009 -2010 UC Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology Microfluidic Model of Pollutant Diffusion $30,000.

Investigators:Shann (PI) 2000 USEPA (UC Contract Number 68-C7-0057, Task Order 25) Phytotranspiration: Volatilization of Organic Compounds by Poplar $30.000.

Investigators:Shann (PI) 1997 -1998 DuPont Company Environmentally Acceptable Endpoints - Development and Assessment of Sequential Supercritical Fluid and Accelerated Solvent Extraction Procedures for Delineation of Available and Sequestered Soil Hydrocarbons $20.000.

Investigators:Shann, Suszcynsky (Co-PIs) 1995 -1997 CINERGY Environmental Mercury and Plant Systems $5,000.

Abbreviated Publications

Technical Report

University of Cincinnati Climate Action Plan

Peer Reviewed Publications

Nedunuri, K. V., C. Lowell, W. Meade, A. P. Vonderheide, & J. R. Shann (2009). Management Practices and Phytoremediation by Native Grasses. International J. Phytoremediation, 12(2), 200-214.

Welsh, G.L, Mueller, K.E., Soman, R.S., Vonderheide, A.P., & Shann, J.R. (2009). Accessibility of polybrominated diphenyl ether congeners in aging soil. Journal of environmental monitoring, 11(9), 1658-63.More Information

Sadi, B.M., Vonderheide, A.P., Gong, J., Schroeder,J.I., Shann, J.R., & Caruso, J.A. (2008). An HPLC-ICP-MS technique for determination of cadmium-phytochelatins in genetically modified Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of chromatography. B, Analytical technologies in the biomedical and life sciences, 861(1), 123-9.

Mueller, K. E., & J.R. Shann (2007). Effects of tree root-derived substrates and inorganic nutrients on pyrene mineralization in rhizosphere and bulk soil. Journal of Environmental Quality, 36(1), 120-127.

Jjemba, P. K., Kinkle, B. K., & Shann, J. R. (2006). In-situ enumeration and probing of pyrene-degrading soil bacteria. Fems Microbiology Ecology, 55(2), 287-298.

Mounicou, S., Shah, M., Meija, J., Caruso, J.A., Vonderheide, A.P., & Shann, J.R. (2006). Localization and speciation of selenium and mercury in Brassica juncea - implications for Se-Hg antagonism. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 21(4), 404-412.

Mueller, K. E., & Shann, J. R. (2006). PAH dissipation in spiked soil: Impacts of bioavailability, microbial activity, and trees. Chemosphere, 64(6), 1006-1014.

Mueller-Spitz, S. R., Vonderheide, A. P., Shann, J. R., Caruso, J. A., & Kinkle, B. K. (2006). Use of SEC-ICP-MS with a collision cell for determining the interaction of chromium with DNA extracted from metal-contaminated soils. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 386(1), 142-151.

Vonderheide, A. P., Mueller-Spitz, S. R., Meija, J., Welsh, G. L., Mueller, K. E., Kinkle, B. K., Shann, J. R., & Caruso, J. A. (2006). Rapid breakdown of brominated flame retardants by soil microorganisms. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 21(11), 1232-1239.

Vonderheide, A. P., Mounicou, S., Meija, J., Henry, H. F., Caruso, J. A., & Shann, J. R. (2006). Investigation of selenium-containing root exudates of Brassica juncea using HPLC-ICP-MS and ESI-qTOF-MS. Analyst, 131(1), 33-40.

Mueller, K.E., & Shann, J.R. (2006) Effects of tree root-derived substrates and inorganic nutrients on pyrene mineralization in rhizosphere and bulk soil. Journal of environmental quality, 36(1), 120-7.More Information

Mounicou, S, A.P. Vonderheide, J.R. Shann, & J.A. Caruso (2006). Comparing a selenium accumulator plant (Brassica juncea) to a nonaccumulator plant (Helianthus annuus) to investigate selenium-containing proteins. Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry, 386(5), 1367-78.

Mueller-Spitz, S.R., Vonderheide, A.P., J.R. Shann, J.A. Caruso, & B.K. Kinkle (2006). Use of SEC-ICP-MS with a collision cell for determining the interaction of chromium with DNA extracted from metal-contaminated soils. Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry, 386(1), 142-51.

Jjemba, Patrick K, Kinkle, Brian K, & Shann, Jodi R (2006). In-situ enumeration and probing of pyrene-degrading soil bacteria. FEMS microbiology ecology, 55(2), 287-98.More Information

Vonderheide, A.P., B.M. Sadi, J.R. Shann, & J.A. Caruso (2005). Environmental and Clinical Applications. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 21(11), 1232-1239.

Montes-Bayon, M., Yanes, E. G., de Leon, C. P., Jayasimhulu, K., Stalcup, A., Shann, J., & Caruso, J. A. (2002). Initial studies of selenium speciation in Brassica juncea by LC with ICPMS and ES-MS detection: an approach for phytoremediation studies. Analytical Chemistry, 74(1), 107-113.

McLellan, S.L, D. Warshawsky,  & J.R. Shann (2002). The effect of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on the degradation of benzo[a]pyrene by Mycobacterium sp. strain RJGII-135. Environmental toxicology and chemistry / SETAC, 21(2), 253-9.

Rogstad, S.H., B. Keane, M.H. Collier, & J.R. Shann (2001). Plant biomonitors: pollution, dandelions, and mutation rate. In R.L. Lipnick, R.P. Mason, M.L. Philips, and C.U. Pittman (Eds.), Chemicals in the Environment: Fate, Impacts, and Remediation Washington, DC: ACS Books (series 806).

Yoshitomi, K. J., & Shann, J. R. (2001). Corn (Zea mays L.) root exudates and their impact on C-14-pyrene mineralization. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 33(12-13), 1769-1776.

Keane, B., Collier, M. H., Shann, J. R., & Rogstad, S. H. (2001). Metal content of dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) leaves in relation to soil contamination and airborne particulate matter. Science of the Total Environment, 281(1-3), 63-78.

Boyle, J. J., & Shann, J. R. (1998). The influence of planting and soil characteristics on mineralization of 2, 4, 5-T in rhizosphere soil. Journal of Environmental Quality, 27(3), 704-709.

Cunningham, S.D., Shann, J.R., Crowley, D.E., & Anderson, T.A (1997). Phytoremediation of Contaminated Water and Soil. In E.L.Kruger, T.A.Anderson, and J.R.Coats (Eds.), The Phytoremediation of Soil and Water Contaminants Washington, DC: ACS Books (series 664).

Sutton, S D, Pfaller, S L, Shann, J R, Warshawsky, D, Kinkle, B K, & Vestal, J R (1996). Aerobic biodegradation of 4-methylquinoline by a soil bacterium. Applied and environmental microbiology, 62(8), 2910-4.

Suszcynsky, E. M., & Shann, J. R. (1995). Phytotoxicity and Accumulation of Mercury in Tobacco Subjected to Different Exposure Routes. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 14(1), 61-67.

Shann, J. R. (1995). The role of plants and plant/microbial systems in the reduction of exposure. Environmental Health Perspectives, 103(1), 13-15.

Boyle, J. J., & Shann, J. R. (1995). Biodegradation of Phenol, 2, 4-Dcp, 2, 4-D, and 2, 4, 5-T in Field-Collected Rhizosphere and Nonrhizosphere Soils. Journal of Environmental Quality, 24(4), 782-785.

Thijs, H., Shann, J. R., & Weidenhamer, J. D. (1994). The Effect of Phytotoxins on Competitive Outcome in a Model System. Ecology, 75(7), 1959-1964.

Shann, J.R., & Boyle, J.J. (1994). Influence of Plant-Species on in-Situ Rhizosphere Degradation. In T.Anderson and J.Coats (Eds.), Bioremediation through Rhizosphere Technology (pp. 70, 81). Washington DC: ACS Books (series 563).

Shann, J. R., & Bertsch, P. M. (1993). Differential Cultivar Response to Polynuclear Hydroxo-Aluminum Complexes. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 57(1), 116-120.

Herrmann, R., & & J.R. Shann (1993). Enzyme Activities as Indicators of Compost Maturity. Compost Science and Utilization, 1(4), 54-63.

Task Group on Planetary Protection [K.H.Nealson, J. Baross, M. Carr, R. Pepin, T. Schmidt, J.R. Shann, J. R. Vestal, R. Young] (1992). Biological Contamination of Mars: Current Assessment of Issues and Recommendations. Washington, DC: National Academy Press. [BOOK]

Shann, J.R., J. R. Vestal, E.S.Alexander, J. J. Boyle, R. J. Grosser, K.B. Haws, & & D.B. Knaebel (1992). Biodegradation of hazardous materials in soil: the role and potential promise of microbial enhancement in the rhizosphere. Pacific Basin Consortium for Hazardous Waste Research Hawaii, HI: East-West Center Publications.

Allen, D.L., J.R. Shann,  & P.M. Bertsch (1990). Role of Root Cell Walls in Iron Deficiency of Soybean (Glycine max) and Aluminum Toxicity of Wheat (Triticum aestivum). Plant and Soil, 25(4), 345-349.

Shann, J. R., & Adriano, D. C. (1988). Design and Assessment of a Chamber to Expose Plants to Simulated Aerosol and Rain. Environmental Pollution, 54, 63-74.

Shann, J. R., & Adriano, D. C. (1988). The Chronic Exposure of Selected Crop Species to Boron Aerosols. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 28(4), 289-299.

Shann, J. R., & Blum, U. (1987). The Utilization of Exogenously Supplied Ferulic Acid in Lignin Biosynthesis. Phytochemistry, 26, 2977-2982.

Shann, J. R., & Blum, U. (1987). The Uptake of Ferulic and Para-Hydroxybenzoic Acids by Cucumis-Sativus. Phytochemistry, 26, 2959-2964.

Adriano, D. C., S.W. Gettier, J.R. Shann, A.L. Page, & & R.L. Chaney (1986). Sources of Trace Element Enrichment in Soils. In M.Anke, W. Baumann, H. Braunlich (Eds.), Symposium Universitat (pp. 224, 244). Jena: Germany.

Blum, U., Dalton, B. R., & Shann, J. R. (1985). Effects of Ferulic and Para-Coumaric Acids in Nutrient Culture of Cucumber Leaf Expansion as Influenced by pH. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 11, 1567-1582.

Blum, U., Dalton, B. R., & Shann, J. R. (1985). Effects of Various Mixtures of Ferulic Acid and Some of Its Microbial Metabolic Products on Cucumber Leaf Expansion and Dry-Matter in Nutrient Culture. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 11(5), 619-641.

Bhattacharyaa,S., S. Khajamohiddin, J. Shann, J. Yadava. 2013. Novel P450-initiated biphasic process for sustainable biodegradation of benzo[a]pyrene in soil under nutrient-sufficient conditions by the white rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium. Journal of Hazardous Materials 261: 675– 683

Date, P., H.K.M. Dweck, M.C. Stensmyr, J.R.Shann, B.S. Hansson, and S. M. Rollmann. 2013. Divergence in olfactory host plant preference in D. mojavensis in response to cactus host use.  PLoS ONE 8(7): e70027

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Post Graduate Training and Education

Postdoctoral Fellow, Savannah River Ecology Labs, University of Georgia and DOE, , Aiken, SC


ECBR; Environmental Chemistry; Biodegradation and Phytoremediation; Ecological Restoration

Courses Taught

Intro to Environmental Studies II [EVST 1012]

Life on Earth [BIOL 104]

Ecotoxicology [BIOL 666]

On the River: the brazillian Amazon [EVST 3014H]