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Name: Delfino, Joseph
Title: Emeritus Professor
Organization: Environmental Engineering Sciences, ESSIE
Education: Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering/Water Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1968
Office Address: Black Hall, Room 310 PO Box 116450 Gainesville, FL 32611-6450
Email: delfino@ufl.edu
Telephone: +1 (352) 262-8440

Research has focused on water quality chemistry including studies of the interaction of petroleum-derived fuels with water and the accumulation of mercury in Everglades soils. Additional studies have included the distribution, fate and transport of toxic organic chemicals from hazardous waste sites to surface waters, and the aquatic chemistry of lead in an impacted wetland site. He has also guided studies on the chemistry of humic substances derived from Florida waters (including the use of stable isotopes to track carbon and nitrogen fluxes), the nature of organic matter in river sediments, the fate of carbamate pesticides in surface and ground waters, and the biodegradation of pentachlophenol at a superfund site. More recent research has involved the dissolution kinetics of explosive compounds, the fate of organic compounds and potential endocrine disruptors related to pulp mill processes, the uptake of carbon and nitrogen by shellfish in the Suwannee River Estuary, nitrates in ground water and surface waters, water resources policy with emphasis on sustainable water supplies in Florida, and the engineering aspects involved in implementing the World Water Vision and Action as enunciated by the World Water Council and the Global Water Partnership.He has been Regional Vice President for North America of the Committee on Technology for the World Federation of Engineering Organizations. He has also served on U.S. Government Agency and Florida DEP technical peer review panels, and provided service to the American Chemical Society and Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. He was co-creator and chief technical advisor of The Florida Water Story, an award-winning documentary produced by Courter Films and Associates for public television. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Water Resources Association. He is an elected Fellow of the American Water Resources Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Keywords: Water Quality; Water Chemistry; Industrial Ecology; Corporate Environmental Sustainability; Public Health; Characterization of Organic Contaminants; Fate of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Fuels