Nicole Fahrenfeld

Nicole Fahrenfeld

Assistant Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Office:CoRE 610
Office Hours: By appointment
Website: Fahrenfeld Research Group


Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2012
M.S., Environmental Engineering and Science, Clemson University, 2008
B.S., Environmental Engineering, John Hopkins University, 2006


  • Favorite Faculty, VT Office of Housing and Resident Life, 2012
  • VT Graduate Student Association Research and Development Grant, 2011
  • Edna Bailey Sussman Internship, 2011
  • AEESP Virginia Tech April 16th Memorial Travel Scholarship, 2011
  • Via Academic Preparation Program, 2011
  • Future Professoriate VT Graduate Certificate, 2010
  • Global Perspectives in Higher Education 2010 Cohort
  • Clemson University Alumni Graduate Fellowship, 2006

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • American Society of Microbiology

Selected Publications

Recent Publications

  • Fahrenfeld, N., Biscelgia, K.  2016 Sewer surveillance for monitoring antibiotic use and prevalence of antibiotic resistance: urban sewer epidemiology.  Environmental Science Water Research & Technology. 2: 788-799.  doi:
  • Esthabanati, S., Fahrenfeld, N.  Impact of wastewater treatment plants on microplastics in surface waters.  2016.  Chemosphere.  162: 277-284.  doi:  10.1016/j.chemosphere.2016.07.083.
  • Fahrenfeld, N., Del Monaco, N., Coates, J.T., Elzerman, A.W.  2016.  Fecal sterol and runoff analysis for nonpoint source tracking.  Journal of Environmental Quality.  45(1): 315-322.  doi:  10.2134/jeq2015.06.0312.
  • Olonitola, O.S., Fahrenfeld, N., Pruden, A.  2015.  Antibiotic resistance profiles among mesophilic aerobic bacteria in Nigerian chicken litter and associated antibiotic resistance genes.  Poultry Science.  94(5):867-74 doi: 10.3382/ps/pev069.
  • Fahrenfeld, N., Pruden, A., Widdowson, M.A.  2015.  Kinetic and pathway modeling of reductive 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) biodegradation with different electron donors.  ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering.  doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0000947.