Paul Kostecki

Professor Emeritus
Morrill Science Center I, N342


B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1973; M.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1978; Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1981

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Human and environmental risk assessment; environmental contamination; and exposure assessment.

Research Description: 

Dr. Kostecki has over thirty years of experience in the assessment and remediation of environmental contamination receiving over $10 M in funding from federal, state and private sector sources in the area of environmental contamination and petroleum contamination in particular. Dr. Kostecki served as Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science and in collaboration with the Foundation conducted the First International Congress on Petroleum Contamination in London in 2001.

Dr. Kostecki has authored/co-authored over 150 journal articles, book chapters and reports as well as co-authored two books and co-edited over 30 books. Dr. Kostecki’s books, Remedial Technologies for Underground Storage Tanks and Soils Contaminated by Petroleum Products, Lewis Publishers, 1988, were the first publications to address petroleum contamination remediation and remain seminal works in the field. He made over 100 professional presentations in 6 countries; directed over 100 conferences, workshops and seminars. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Soils & Sediment Contamination (JSCC) and has served on several editorial boards.

Dr. Kostecki was instrumental in the creation of the Association for the Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) and the non-profit, AEHS Foundation. In addition, he created the International Society for Environmental Forensics (ISEF). He also co-created the popular magazine, Soils, Sediments and Water. Dr. Kostecki has co-created six peer-reviewed, professional, petroleum contamination related journals including the JSSC, Journal of Phytoremediation, and the Journal for Environmental Forensics. Dr. Kostecki has also been involved with product and technology development in the petroleum contamination area for industry and the military. He chaired an advisory board for Union Carbide in the company’s development of a portable, field screening kit for petroleum contamination and served on the Navy’s National Environmental Technology Test Site (NETTS) committee which oversaw remedial technologies evaluation for petroleum contamination remediation. Dr. Kostecki has consulted with numerous international petroleum, agricultural, chemical and transportation agencies and companies. He served on the Spring Valley Scientific Advisory Board overseeing the remediation of contaminated soils from a former Army Laboratory outside Washington, D.C.

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