Education History

  • BS Chemistry, Central Michigan University
  • MS Enviromental Engineering and Science, Clemson University
  • PhD Environmental Engineering and Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University
  • Postdoctoral Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University

Work Experience

Professor, Towson University


Recent publications are shown below.
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Psoras, A. W.; McCoy, S. W.; Reber, K. P.; McCurry, D. L.; Sivey, J. D.* Ipso substitution of aromatic bromine in chlorinated waters: Impacts on trihalomethane formation. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2023, 57, 18801-18810.

McFadden, M.; Reber, K. P.; Sivey, J. D.; Cwiertny, D. M.; LeFevre, G.* Microbial biotransformation products and pathways of dichloroacetamide herbicide safeners. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 2023, 10, 72-78.

Li, Z.; Jorn, R.; Samonte, P. R. V.; Mao, J.; Sivey, J. D.; Pignatello, J. J.; Xu, W.* Surface-catalyzed hydrolysis by pyrogenic carbonaceous matter and model polymers: An experimental and computational study on functional group and pore characteristics. Appl. Catalysis B: Environ.. 2022, 319, 121877.

Szczuka, A.; Horton, J.; Evans, K. J.; DiPietri, V. T.; Sivey, J. D.; Wigginton, K. R.* Chloride enhances DNA reactivity with chlorine at conditions relevant to water treatment. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2022, 56, 13347–13356.

Reber, K. P.*; Sivey, J.; Vollmuth, M.; Gujarati, P. D. Synthesis of 13C-labeled parabens from isotopically enriched phenols using the Houben–Hoesch reaction. J. Labelled Compd. Radiopharm. 2022, 65, 254-263.

Lanasa, S.; Niedzwiecki, M.; Reber, K. P.; East, A.; Sivey, J.; Salice, C. J. Comparative toxicity of herbicide active ingredients, safener additives and commercial formulations to non-target algae, Raphidocelis subcapitata. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 2022, 41, 1466-1476.

McFadden, M.E.; Patterson, E.V.; Reber, K.P.; Gilbert, I.W.; Sivey, J.D.; LeFevre, G.H.; Cwiertny, D.M.* Acid- and base-mediated hydrolysis of dichloroacetamide herbicide safeners. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2022, 56, 325-334.

Xu, X.; Gujarati, P. D.; Okwor, N.; Sivey, J. D.; Reber, K. P.; Xu, W. Reactivity of chloroacetamides toward sulfide + black carbon: Insights from structural analogues and dynamic NMR spectroscopy. Sci. Total Environ. 2022, 803, 150064.

Kim, E.; Driessen, O. M.; McCurry, D. M.*; Sivey, J. D.* Intermural, online research group meetings as professional development tools for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral trainees. Environ. Eng. Sci. 2021, 39, 2.

Schammel, M. H.; Martin-Culet, K. R.; Taggart, G. A.; Sivey, J. D. Structural effects on the bromination rate and selectivity of alkylbenzenes and alkoxybenzenes in aqueous solution. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2021, 23, 16594-16610.

Ricko, A. N.; Psoras, A. W.; Sivey, J. D. Reductive transformations of dichloroacetamide safeners: effects of agrochemical co-formulants and iron oxide + manganese oxide binary-mineral systems. Environ. Sci: Processes Impacts, 2020, 22, 2104-2116.

Xu, X.; Sivey, J. D.; Xu, W. Black carbon-enhanced transformation of dichloroacetamide safeners: Role of reduced sulfur species. Sci. Tot. Environ. 2020, 738, 139908.

Rose, M. R.; Lau, S. S.; Prasse, C.; Sivey, J. D. Exotic electrophiles in chlorinated and chloraminated water: When conventional kinetic models and reaction pathways fall short. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 2020, 7, 360-370.

Dias, R. M.; Schammel, M. H.; Reber, K. P.; Sivey, J. D. Applications of 1,3,5-trimethoxybenzene as a derivatizing agent for quantifying free chlorine, free bromine, bromamines, and bromide in aqueous systems. Anal. Methods 2019, 11, 5521-5532.

Su, L.; Caywood, L. M.; Sivey, J. D.; Dai, N. Sunlight photolysis of safener benoxacor and herbicide metolachlor as mixtures on simulated soil surfaces. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2019, 53, 6784-6793.

Kral, A. E.; Pflug, N. C.; McFadden, M. E.; LeFevre, G. H.; Sivey, J. D.; Cwiertny, D. M. Photochemical transformations of dichloroacetamide safeners. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2019, 53, 6738-6746.

Honors and Awards

  • Presidential Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Towson University (2023)
  • Honors College Professor of the Year, Towson University (2021)
  • ACS Editors’ Choice Paper Recognition (Environmental Science and Technology Letters) (2020)
  • Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2020)
  • Best Papers of 2018 Nominee – Royal Society of Chemistry Environmental Science family of journals (2019)
  • Invited Speaker, Gordon Research Conference on Water Disinfection, Byproducts and Health (2019)
  • Emerging Investigator – Royal Society of Chemistry (Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology) (2018)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2017)
  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, Towson University (2017)
  • American Chemical Society AGRO New Investigator Award Finalist (2015)
  • Gordon Research Conference (Environmental Science: Water) Poster Award (2010)
  • American Chemical Society C. Ellen Gonter Environmental Chemistry Award (2010)
  • National Conference 1st Place Poster Award, American Chemical Society, Division of Agrochemicals (2010)
  • Graduate Student Award, American Chemical Society, Division of Environmental Chemistry (2010)
  • Environmental Protection Agency S.T.A.R. Graduate Research Fellowship (2008)
  • American Water Works Association Abel Wolman Doctoral Fellowship (2007)
  • American Water Works Association LARS Doctoral Scholarship (2006)

Professional Organizations

American Chemical Society
Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors