Matt Reid with student

Matthew Charles Reid

Assistant Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hollister Hall, Room 267


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. From 2014-2016 he 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 Interests

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.

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Teaching Interests

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

Service Interests

Reid is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the Geochemical Society, and is a reviewer for several academic journals.

Selected Publications

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


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