Assistant professor Matthew Reid received an NSF CAREER Award to research how carbon can be transformed in the environment to create fuel for nitrogen-consuming bacteria, ultimately reducing nutrient... Read more about Reid to address nitrogen pollution with NSF CAREER Award
Matthew Reid joined the Cornell CEE faculty in July, 2016. He received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University in 2014 and a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 2004. From 2004 - 2006 he taught high school chemistry with the U.S. Peace Corps in Karatu, Tanzania. Upon returning to the United States, he began working in the environmental sciences as a laboratory technician in chemical oceanography at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Since 2014, he has worked as a postdoctoral scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, on microbially driven arsenic cycling in rice paddy soils.
Research in the Reid Lab focuses on applications of biogeochemistry and ecosystem engineering to water quality problems and greenhouse gas emissions from environmental processes. Much of the group’s current research focuses on the use of nature-based treatment technologies (e.g., denitrifying woodchip bioreactors; wetlands) as sustainable and cost-effective tools for controlling water pollutants from non-point sources. The Reid Lab performs research across physical scales from molecular-level investigations and modeling to field-scale observations and experiments.Research Group Members
The systematic and critical problem solving skills developed through science and engineering education provide an excellent foundation for any future pursuit. Reid's teaching seeks to cultivate these skills through active, problem-based learning that encourages students to apply fundamental scientific concepts to complex environmental problems. Reid also has a special interest in engaging young scientists and engineers in applied water resource issues, as well as instilling principles of environmental stewardship and sustainability.
Reid teaches CEE 4530: Laboratory Research in Environmental Engineering and CEE 6530: Water Chemistry for Environmental Engineering
Reid is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the Geochemical Society, and is a reviewer for several academic journals.
- Israel, J. K., Zhang, Z., Sang, Y., McGuire, P. M., Steinschneider, S., & Reid, M. C. (2023). Climate Change Effects on Denitrification Performance of Woodchip Bioreactors Treating Agricultural Tile Drainage. Water Research, 120202.
- McGuire, P. M., Butkevich, N., Saksena, A. V., Walter, M. T., Shapleigh, J. P., & Reid, M. C. (2023). Oxic–anoxic cycling promotes coupling between complex carbon metabolism and denitrification in woodchip bioreactors. Environmental Microbiology.
- Yoon, H., Giometto, A., Pothier, M. P., Zhang, X., Poulain, A. J., & Reid, M. C. (2022). Time-dependent biosensor fluorescence as a measure of bacterial arsenic uptake kinetics and its inhibition by dissolved organic matter. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 88(16), e00891-22.
- Maguffin, S. C., Abu-Ali, L., Tappero, R. V., Pena, J., Rohila, J. S., McClung, A. M., & Reid, M. C. (2020). Influence of manganese abundances on iron and arsenic solubility in rice paddy soils. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 276, 50-69.
- McGuire, P. M., & Reid, M. C. (2019). Nitrous oxide and methane dynamics in woodchip bioreactors: Effects of water level fluctuations on partitioning into trapped gas phases. Environmental Science & Technology, 53(24), 14348-14356.
- Reid, M. C., Maillard, J., Bagnoud, A., Falquet, L., Le Vo, P., & Bernier-Latmani, R. (2017). Arsenic methylation dynamics in a rice paddy soil anaerobic enrichment culture. Environmental Science & Technology, 51(18), 10546-10554.
Selected Awards and Honors
- NSF Early Career Development (CAREER) Award 2023
- Community-Engaged Practice and Innovation Award (Einhorn Center for Community Engagement) 2023
- Marie Curie International Postdoctoral Fellowship (EPFL) 2014
- Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Fellow (Princeton University) 2011
- New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute Award 2010
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2008
- Gordon Y.S. Wu Prize in Engineering (Princeton University) 2008
- BA (Chemistry), University of Chicago, 2004
- Ph D (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Princeton University, 2014