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Neal Blair

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
McCormick School of Engineering
Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences


Areas of Focus

  • Carbon cycle
  • Land use
  • Methane production in natural systems
  • Greenhouse gas


  • Studies how humans have impacted the carbon cycle
  • Works to understand land use, such as agriculture and deforestation, has accelerated the transport of soils and their carbon across landscapes and into reservoirs, the ocean and subduction zones
  • Studies the conversion of waste streams to biofuels
  • Produces biodiesel from spent coffee grounds and chitin
  • Explores natural methane production in anaerobic environments