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Jodi R Shann

Title: Professor
Director of the Environmental Studies Program
Office: 731D Rieveschl Hall
Tel: 513-556-8265
Email: jodi.shann@uc.edu

Environmental Chemistry; Biodegradation and Phytoremediation; Ecological Restoration


  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University, Raliegh, NC, 1986 (Botany & Plant Biochemistry).
  • M.S., University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 1981 (Plant and Soil Science ).
  • B.S., Stockton State College, Pomona, NJ, 1976 (Marine Science).

Research Information

Research Interests

My research interests and program have developed and evolved over time. Although I was originally trained in the plant sciences, it was always their ecology and environmental chemistry that intrigued me. To really address these integrative areas, I expanded my program to include consideration of the the entire system; plants, microorganisms, and soil.

I have often focused on the remediation of contaminated soil systems. This includes research on phytoremediation (plant-based), bioremediation (microbial-based), and the manner in which the soil environment effects these processes. The approach is analytical, correlating (lab and field) performance by the plants and microbes to the forms, levels, and bioavailability of environmental compounds.

Research Interests
Environmental Chemistry; Biodegradation and Phytoremediation; Ecological Restoration
Active Research Areas
Phytoremediation of metal, PAH, and halogenated compounds
Soil aging: bioavailability and sequestration of contaminants
Ecological restoration of contaminated sites

Research Support

  • Shann (PI) Rogstad (Co-PI) , Sustainable Remediation , USEPA Hazardous Substances Research Center Program . (R82877001-0), $228,074. . 2001 to 2005.
  • (PI), Shann, Jodi, Phytroemediation of the Hooven Land Treatment Unit, Chevron U.S.A. (NCE), $15,592.00. 05/26/1999 to 01/31/2003. Status: Closed.
  • K. Nedunuri (PI) Shann (Co-I) , Agronomic Optimization of Phytoremediation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon, EPA Superfund Minority Institutions Program . (Grant No. R831072), $336,649. 2003 to 2006.
  • Shann (PI), Phytoremediation of Contaminated Soils , National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences . (Grant No. ES04908), $468,516. . 2001 to 2006.
  • Shann, Kinkle (Co-PIs), Bioremediation of Soil-Ecological Interactions and Limitations , NIEHS. (ES04908-07), $471,413.. 1995 to 2000.
  • Shann, Vestal (Co-PIs) , Rhizosphere Biodegradation of Hazardous Material , National Institute of Environmental Health Science [NIEHS]. (ES04908-05), $498,500. . 1990 to 1995.
  • Shann (PI), Review and Analysis of Ecological Assessment Documents, Westinghouse Environmental Management Company. $10,324.. 1991.
  • Shann (PI), Bioremedial Potential of Bacterium Living Symbiotically in Legume Nodules , Ohio Hazardous Substance Research and Environmental Management Institute. $20,500.. 1990.
  • Shann (PI), Cell Walls as Charged Surface Barriers to Environmental Aluminum , University Research Council . $7,500. . 1989.
  • Shann (PI), Phenolic Allelochemicals in Ecosystems , University Research Council. $3,500.. 1990.
  • Sweigart, C.G., M. B. McGrew, and J.R Shann, Living-learning Community: EcoHouse, UC residential Housing. 10K + residence . 08-2013 to 05-2014. Status: Active.
  • Shann, Maynard, Buckberger (Co-PIs) , Effectiveness of Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment , Ohio Research Challenge Grant. $50,000.. 1994 to 1996.
  • Shann (PI), Pilot-scale Testing of Constructed Wetlands for Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage and Biodegradation of VOCs, , Browning Ferris Industries,. $33,000. . 1994 to 1995.
  • Shann (PI), Microbial Characterization of Actual and Simulated MSW Compost, Proctor & Gamble Co . $74,808. . 1992 to 1993.
  • Shann (PI) and Papautsky (co-PI), Microfluidic Model of Pollutant Diffusion, UC Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology. $30,000.. 2009 to 2010.
  • Shann (PI), Phytotranspiration: Volatilization of Organic Compounds by Poplar , USEPA (UC Contract Number 68-C7-0057, Task Order 25). $30.000.. 2000.
  • Shann (PI), Environmentally Acceptable Endpoints - Development and Assessment of Sequential Supercritical Fluid and Accelerated Solvent Extraction Procedures for Delineation of Available and Sequestered Soil Hydrocarbons , DuPont Company . $20.000.. 1997 to 1998.
  • Shann, Suszcynsky (Co-PIs) , Environmental Mercury and Plant Systems, CINERGY. $5,000.. 1995 to 1997.


Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Nedunuri, K. V., C. Lowell, W. Meade, A. P. Vonderheide, & J. R. Shann (2009). Management Practices and Phytoremediation by Native Grasses. International J. Phytoremediation, 12(2), 200-214.
  • Welsh, G.L, Mueller, K.E., Soman, R.S., Vonderheide, A.P., & Shann, J.R. (2009). Accessibility of polybrominated diphenyl ether congeners in aging soil. Journal of environmental monitoring, 11(9), 1658-63.
  • Sadi, B.M., Vonderheide, A.P., Gong, J., Schroeder,J.I., Shann, J.R., & Caruso, J.A. (2008). An HPLC-ICP-MS technique for determination of cadmium-phytochelatins in genetically modified Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of chromatography. B, Analytical technologies in the biomedical and life sciences, 861(1), 123-9.
  • Mueller, K. E., & J.R. Shann (2007). Effects of tree root-derived substrates and inorganic nutrients on pyrene mineralization in rhizosphere and bulk soil. Journal of Environmental Quality, 36(1), 120-127.
  • Jjemba, P. K., Kinkle, B. K., & Shann, J. R. (2006). In-situ enumeration and probing of pyrene-degrading soil bacteria. Fems Microbiology Ecology, 55(2), 287-298.
  • Mounicou, S., Shah, M., Meija, J., Caruso, J.A., Vonderheide, A.P., & Shann, J.R. (2006). Localization and speciation of selenium and mercury in Brassica juncea - implications for Se-Hg antagonism. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 21(4), 404-412.
  • Mueller, K. E., & Shann, J. R. (2006). PAH dissipation in spiked soil: Impacts of bioavailability, microbial activity, and trees. Chemosphere, 64(6), 1006-1014.
  • Mueller-Spitz, S. R., Vonderheide, A. P., Shann, J. R., Caruso, J. A., & Kinkle, B. K. (2006). Use of SEC-ICP-MS with a collision cell for determining the interaction of chromium with DNA extracted from metal-contaminated soils. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 386(1), 142-151.
  • Vonderheide, A. P., Mueller-Spitz, S. R., Meija, J., Welsh, G. L., Mueller, K. E., Kinkle, B. K., Shann, J. R., & Caruso, J. A. (2006). Rapid breakdown of brominated flame retardants by soil microorganisms. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 21(11), 1232-1239.
  • Vonderheide, A. P., Mounicou, S., Meija, J., Henry, H. F., Caruso, J. A., & Shann, J. R. (2006). Investigation of selenium-containing root exudates of Brassica juncea using HPLC-ICP-MS and ESI-qTOF-MS. Analyst, 131(1), 33-40.
  • Mueller, K.E., & Shann, J.R. (2006) Effects of tree root-derived substrates and inorganic nutrients on pyrene mineralization in rhizosphere and bulk soil. Journal of environmental quality, 36(1), 120-7.
  • Mounicou, S, A.P. Vonderheide, J.R. Shann, & J.A. Caruso (2006). Comparing a selenium accumulator plant (Brassica juncea) to a nonaccumulator plant (Helianthus annuus) to investigate selenium-containing proteins. Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry, 386(5), 1367-78.
  • Mueller-Spitz, S.R., Vonderheide, A.P., J.R. Shann, J.A. Caruso, & B.K. Kinkle (2006). Use of SEC-ICP-MS with a collision cell for determining the interaction of chromium with DNA extracted from metal-contaminated soils. Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry, 386(1), 142-51.
  • Jjemba, Patrick K, Kinkle, Brian K, & Shann, Jodi R (2006). In-situ enumeration and probing of pyrene-degrading soil bacteria. FEMS microbiology ecology, 55(2), 287-98.
  • Vonderheide, A.P., B.M. Sadi, J.R. Shann, & J.A. Caruso (2005). Environmental and Clinical Applications. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 21(11), 1232-1239.
  • Montes-Bayon, M., Yanes, E. G., de Leon, C. P., Jayasimhulu, K., Stalcup, A., Shann, J., & Caruso, J. A. (2002). Initial studies of selenium speciation in Brassica juncea by LC with ICPMS and ES-MS detection: an approach for phytoremediation studies. Analytical Chemistry, 74(1), 107-113.
  • McLellan, S.L, D. Warshawsky,  & J.R. Shann (2002). The effect of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on the degradation of benzo[a]pyrene by Mycobacterium sp. strain RJGII-135. Environmental toxicology and chemistry / SETAC, 21(2), 253-9.
  • Rogstad, S.H., B. Keane, M.H. Collier, & J.R. Shann (2001). Plant biomonitors: pollution, dandelions, and mutation rate. In R.L. Lipnick, R.P. Mason, M.L. Philips, and C.U. Pittman (Eds.), Chemicals in the Environment: Fate, Impacts, and Remediation Washington, DC: ACS Books (series 806).
  • Yoshitomi, K. J., & Shann, J. R. (2001). Corn (Zea mays L.) root exudates and their impact on C-14-pyrene mineralization. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 33(12-13), 1769-1776.
  • Keane, B., Collier, M. H., Shann, J. R., & Rogstad, S. H. (2001). Metal content of dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) leaves in relation to soil contamination and airborne particulate matter. Science of the Total Environment, 281(1-3), 63-78.
  • Boyle, J. J., & Shann, J. R. (1998). The influence of planting and soil characteristics on mineralization of 2, 4, 5-T in rhizosphere soil. Journal of Environmental Quality, 27(3), 704-709.
  • Cunningham, S.D., Shann, J.R., Crowley, D.E., & Anderson, T.A (1997). Phytoremediation of Contaminated Water and Soil. In E.L.Kruger, T.A.Anderson, and J.R.Coats (Eds.), The Phytoremediation of Soil and Water Contaminants Washington, DC: ACS Books (series 664).
  • Sutton, S D, Pfaller, S L, Shann, J R, Warshawsky, D, Kinkle, B K, & Vestal, J R (1996). Aerobic biodegradation of 4-methylquinoline by a soil bacterium. Applied and environmental microbiology, 62(8), 2910-4.
  • Suszcynsky, E. M., & Shann, J. R. (1995). Phytotoxicity and Accumulation of Mercury in Tobacco Subjected to Different Exposure Routes. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 14(1), 61-67.
  • Shann, J. R. (1995). The role of plants and plant/microbial systems in the reduction of exposure. Environmental Health Perspectives, 103(1), 13-15.
  • Boyle, J. J., & Shann, J. R. (1995). Biodegradation of Phenol, 2, 4-Dcp, 2, 4-D, and 2, 4, 5-T in Field-Collected Rhizosphere and Nonrhizosphere Soils. Journal of Environmental Quality, 24(4), 782-785.
  • Thijs, H., Shann, J. R., & Weidenhamer, J. D. (1994). The Effect of Phytotoxins on Competitive Outcome in a Model System. Ecology, 75(7), 1959-1964.
  • Shann, J.R., & Boyle, J.J. (1994). Influence of Plant-Species on in-Situ Rhizosphere Degradation. In T.Anderson and J.Coats (Eds.), Bioremediation through Rhizosphere Technology (pp. 70, 81). Washington DC: ACS Books (series 563).
  • Shann, J. R., & Bertsch, P. M. (1993). Differential Cultivar Response to Polynuclear Hydroxo-Aluminum Complexes. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 57(1), 116-120.
  • Herrmann, R., & & J.R. Shann (1993). Enzyme Activities as Indicators of Compost Maturity. Compost Science and Utilization, 1(4), 54-63.
  • Task Group on Planetary Protection [K.H.Nealson, J. Baross, M. Carr, R. Pepin, T. Schmidt, J.R. Shann, J. R. Vestal, R. Young] (1992). Biological Contamination of Mars: Current Assessment of Issues and Recommendations. Washington, DC: National Academy Press. [BOOK]
  • Shann, J.R., J. R. Vestal, E.S.Alexander, J. J. Boyle, R. J. Grosser, K.B. Haws, & & D.B. Knaebel (1992). Biodegradation of hazardous materials in soil: the role and potential promise of microbial enhancement in the rhizosphere. Pacific Basin Consortium for Hazardous Waste Research Hawaii, HI: East-West Center Publications.
  • Allen, D.L., J.R. Shann,  & P.M. Bertsch (1990). Role of Root Cell Walls in Iron Deficiency of Soybean (Glycine max) and Aluminum Toxicity of Wheat (Triticum aestivum). Plant and Soil, 25(4), 345-349.
  • Shann, J. R., & Adriano, D. C. (1988). Design and Assessment of a Chamber to Expose Plants to Simulated Aerosol and Rain. Environmental Pollution, 54, 63-74.
  • Shann, J. R., & Adriano, D. C. (1988). The Chronic Exposure of Selected Crop Species to Boron Aerosols. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 28(4), 289-299.
  • Shann, J. R., & Blum, U. (1987). The Utilization of Exogenously Supplied Ferulic Acid in Lignin Biosynthesis. Phytochemistry, 26, 2977-2982.
  • Shann, J. R., & Blum, U. (1987). The Uptake of Ferulic and Para-Hydroxybenzoic Acids by Cucumis-Sativus. Phytochemistry, 26, 2959-2964.
  • Adriano, D. C., S.W. Gettier, J.R. Shann, A.L. Page, & & R.L. Chaney (1986). Sources of Trace Element Enrichment in Soils. In M.Anke, W. Baumann, H. Braunlich (Eds.), Symposium Universitat (pp. 224, 244). Jena: Germany.
  • Blum, U., Dalton, B. R., & Shann, J. R. (1985). Effects of Ferulic and Para-Coumaric Acids in Nutrient Culture of Cucumber Leaf Expansion as Influenced by pH. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 11, 1567-1582.
  • Blum, U., Dalton, B. R., & Shann, J. R. (1985). Effects of Various Mixtures of Ferulic Acid and Some of Its Microbial Metabolic Products on Cucumber Leaf Expansion and Dry-Matter in Nutrient Culture. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 11(5), 619-641.
  • Bhattacharyaa,S., S. Khajamohiddin, J. Shann, J. Yadava. 2013. Novel P450-initiated biphasic process for sustainable biodegradation of benzo[a]pyrene in soil under nutrient-sufficient conditions by the white rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium. Journal of Hazardous Materials 261: 675– 683
  • Date, P., H.K.M. Dweck, M.C. Stensmyr, J.R.Shann, B.S. Hansson, and S. M. Rollmann. 2013. Divergence in olfactory host plant preference in D. mojavensis in response to cactus host use.  PLoS ONE 8(7): e70027

Technical Report

  • University of Cincinnati Climate Action Plan

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2011 to Present, Director, Environmental Studies Program, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 2001 to Present, Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 1998 to 2000, Director, Environmental Studies Program, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 1996 to 1997, Visiting Scientist, Environmental Biotechnology Division, DuPont Co, DE.
  • 1994 to 2001, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 1988 to 1994, Assistant Professor , University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 1986 to 1988, Postdoctoral Fellow, DOE/University of Georgia, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Aiken, SC.
  • 1978 to 1979, Computer Programmer, Lamont Doherty Geophysical Institute, Columbia University, NY.

Post Graduate training and Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Savannah River Ecology Labs, University of Georgia and DOE, Aiken, SC.

Courses Taught

  • Intro to Environmental Studies II [EVST 1012]

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  • Life on Earth [BIOL 104]

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  • Ecotoxicology [BIOL 666]

  • On the River: the brazillian Amazon [EVST 3014H]
    Comments: Includes 10-day study tour on the Amazon River
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