Chanlan Chun

Professional Title
Associate Professor in Civil Engineering, Senior Research Program Manager at Natural Resources Research Institute


Environmental Engineering



Chun Lab



  • Ph.D. Civil (Environmental) Engineering, University of Minnesota Twin Cities 
  • M.S. Environmental Science and Engineering, Ewha Womans University
  • B.S. Environmental Science and Engineering, Ewha Womans University


Academic & Professional Experience:


Research Interests:

I am an environmental engineer who is interested in studying the impacts of human activities on natural water system. Our lab aims to understand chemical and microbial contaminants in natural (e.g. lakes, streams, and estuary) and engineered (e.g. sewer system, treatment facility and stormwater systems) and develop improved treatment technologies and mitigation strategies. 


Courses Taught:

  • CE 3025 - Environmental Engineering
  • CE 5241 - Water Chemistry
  • CE 4246/5246 - Environmental Remediation Technologies


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Full publication list also available on Google Scholar

Voelz, J., N. W. Johnson, C.L. Chun, W. A. Arnold, and R. L. Penn 2019 Quantitative Dissolution of Environmentally-Accessible Iron Residing in Iron-Rich Minerals: A Review ACS Earth and Space Chemistry

Mathai, P.P., H. M. Dunn, P. Magnone, C. M. Brown, C. L. Chun, and M. J. Sadowsky 2018 Spatial and temporal characterization of epiphytic microbial communities associated with Eurasian watermilfoil: a highly invasive macrophyte in North America FEMS Microbiology Ecology 94(12):fiy178

Burghardt, L.T., Guhlin, J., Chun, C.L., Liu, J., Sadowsky, M.J., Stupar, R.M., Young, N.D. and Tiffin, P., 2017. Transcriptomic basis of genome by genome variation in a legume‐rhizobia mutualism . Molecular Ecology 26(21):6122-6135

Brown, C.M., Staley, C., Wang, P., Dalzell, B., Chun, C.L. and Sadowsky, M.J., 2017. A high-throughput DNA-sequencing approach for determining sources of fecal bacteria in a Lake Superior estuary Environmental Science & Technology, 51(15), pp.8263-8271

Staley, C., Kaiser, T., Gidley, M.L., Enochs, I.C., Jones, P.R., Goodwin, K.D., Sinigalliano, C.D., Sadowsky, M.J. and Chun, C.L., 2017.Differential impacts of land-based sources of pollution on the microbiota of Southeast Florida coral reefs . Applied and environmental microbiology, 83(10):.e03378-16.

Nelson, M.S., Chun, C.L. and Sadowsky, M.J., 2017. Type IV Effector Proteins Involved in the Medicago-Sinorhizobium Symbiosis Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 30(1):28-34

Chun, C.L., Peller, J.R., Shively, D., Byappanahalli, M.N., Whitman, R.L., Staley, C., Zhang, Q., Ishii, S. and Sadowsky, M.J., 2017. Virulence and biodegradation potential of dynamic microbial communities associated with decaying Cladophora in Great Lakes Science of the Total Environment, 574:872-880.

Chun, C.L., R.B. Payne, K. R. Sowers, H. D. May 2013.Electrical stimulation of microbial PCB degradation in sediment Water Research 47:141-152