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Neal Blair

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth and Planetary Sciences


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech A228
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-8790Email Neal Blair


Blair Lab Group


Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Ph.D. Organic Chemistry Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

B.S. Chemistry University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Research Interests

Research interests focus on the behavior of carbon on the Earth's surface. The pathways of organic carbon decomposition and sequestration as mediated by biological and physical processes in soils and sediments. This information is integrated into a conceptual model that describes the transformations of organic carbon as it moves across landscapes and the seafloor. Human impacts on this lateral portion of the C-cycle are considered.

Selected Publications

  • Hou, Tingyu; Blair, Neal E.; Papanicolaou, A. N.Thanos; Filley, Timothy R., Storm pulse responses of fluvial organic carbon to seasonal source supply and transport controls in a midwestern agricultural watershed, Science of the Total Environment (2023).
  • Hassanpour, Bahareh; Blair, Neal; Aristilde, Ludmilla, Metabolomics analysis of unresolved molecular variability in stoichiometry dynamics of a stream dissolved organic matter, Water Research (2022).
  • So, Rachel T.; Blair, Neal E.; Masterson, Andrew L., Carbonate mineral identification and quantification in sediment matrices using diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy, Environmental Chemistry Letters 18(5):1725-1730 (2020).
  • Liu, J. Paul; Kuehl, Steven A.; Pierce, Austin C.; Williams, Joshua; Blair, Neal E.; Harris, Courtney; Aung, Day Wa; Aye, Yin Yin, Fate of Ayeyarwady and Thanlwin Rivers Sediments in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal, Marine Geology 423 (2020).
  • Vinson, David S.; Blair, Neal E.; Ritter, Daniel J.; Martini, Anna M.; McIntosh, Jennifer C., Carbon mass balance, isotopic tracers of biogenic methane, and therole of acetate in coal beds, Chemical Geology 530 (2019).
  • Wilson, Christopher G.; Abban, Benjamin; Keefer, Laura L.; Wacha, Kenneth; Dermisis, Dimitrios; Giannopoulos, Christos; Zhou, Shengnan; Goodwell, Allison E.; Woo, Dong Kook; Yan, Qina; Ghadiri, Maryam; Stumpf, Andrew; Pitcel, Michelle; Lin, Yu Feng; Marini, Luigi; Storsved, Brynne; Goff, Kathleen; Vogelgsang, Jason; Dere, Ashlee; Schilling, Keith E.; Muste, Marian; Blair, Neal E.; Rhoads, Bruce; Bettis, Art; Pai, Henry; Kratt, Chris; Sladek, Chris; Wing, Michael; Selker, John; Tyler, Scott; Lin, Henry; Kumar, Praveen; Papanicolaou, A. N., The intensively managed landscape critical zone observatory, Vadose Zone Journal 17(1) (2018).
  • Kumar, Praveen; Le, Phong V.V.; Papanicolaou, A. N.Thanos; Rhoads, Bruce L.; Anders, Alison M.; Stumpf, Andrew; Wilson, Christopher G.; Bettis, E. Arthur; Blair, Neal; Ward, Adam S.; Filley, Timothy; Lin, Henry; Keefer, Laura; Keefer, Donald A.; Lin, Yu Feng; Muste, Marian; Royer, Todd V.; Foufoula-Georgiou, Efi; Belmont, Patrick, Critical transition in critical zone of intensively managed landscapes, Anthropocene 22:10-19 (2018).
  • Blair, Neal E; Leithold, Elana L.; Thanos Papanicolaou, A. N.; Wilson, Christopher G.; Keefer, Laura; Kirton, Erin; Vinson, David; Schnoebelen, Doug; Rhoads, Bruce; Yu, Mingjing; Lewis, Quinn, The C-biogeochemistry of a Midwestern USA agricultural impoundment in context, Biogeochemistry 138(2):171-195 (2018).