Nicole Fahrenfeld

Nicole Fahrenfeld

Associate Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Office:RWH 328D
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


  • Outstanding young alumni, Virginia Tech Civil & Environmental Engineering 2018
  • Outstanding Teaching, Rutgers ASCE 2017
  • Favorite Faculty, Virginia Tech Office of Housing and Resident Life, 2012
  • AEESP Virginia Tech April 16th Memorial Travel Scholarship, 2011
  • 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

  • Eramo, A., Delos Reyes, H., Fahrenfeld, N.  2017.  Partitioning of antibiotic resistance genes and fecal indicators varies intra and inter-storm during combined sewer overflows.  Frontiers in Microbiology.  8.  doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.02024

  • Eramo, A., Morales Medina, W., Fahrenfeld, N.  2017.  Peracetic acid disinfection kinetics for combined sewer overflows: indicator organisms, antibiotic resistance genes, and microbial community.  Environmental Science Water Research & Technology.   3.  1061-1072.  doi: 10.1039/C7EW00184C

  • Fahrenfeld, N., Delos Reyes, H., Eramo, A., Akob, D.M., Mumford, A, Cozzarelli, I.M. 2017. Shifts in microbial community structure and function in unconventional oil and gas waste impacted surface waters revealed by metagenomics. Science of the Total Environment. 580: 1205-1213. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.12.079

  • 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: 10.1039/C6EW00158K

  • Estahbanati, S., Fahrenfeld, N. 2016.  Influence of wastewater treatment plants on microplastics concentrations in surface waters. Chemosphere. 162: 277-284. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2016.07.083 

  • Fahrenfeld, N., Knowlton, K. Krometis, L.A., Hession, W.C., Xia, K., Lipscomb, E. Libuit, K., Green, B.L., Pruden, A. 2014. Effect of manure application on abundance of antibiotic resistance genes and their attenuation rates in soil: Field-scale mass balance approach. Environmental Science and Technology. 48(5): 2643–2650. doi: 10.1021/es404988k 

  • Fahrenfeld, N., Zoeckler, J., Widdowson, M., Pruden, A. 2013. Effect of biostimulants on TNT degradation and bacterial community composition in contaminated aquifer sediment enrichments. Biodegradation. 24(2):179-90. doi: 10.1007/s10532-012-9569-2