Jim Field
Jim Field
(520) 621-0704

Research Area
•    Environmental Microbiology of inorganic contaminant biotransformation
•    Anaerobic biodegradation and biotransformation of hazardous pollutants

Curriculum Vitae

Educational Qualifications
•    Ph.D., Wageningen University (The Netherlands), 1989

Dr. Jim Field's research topic is the anaerobic bioconversion of inorganic and organic pollutants. Current topics include: anaerobic ammonia oxidation (ANAMMOX); anaerobic biotransformation and bioremediation of arsenic; biodegradation and biotransformation of novel munitions compounds; reductive precipitation for the bioremediation of uranium; recovery of nutrients and energy from lipid extracted algea (byproduct of algal biodiesel production); permeable reactive bio-barriers (PRBs) for removing sulfate and heavy metals from acid rock drainage; recovery of metals, rare earth elements and platinum group metals from waste and wastewater. In addition to anaerobic bioconversion, I also work with studying the toxicity of engineered nanoparticles and evaluating the fate of nanoparticles in wastewater treatments systems.

•    Honors Professor at the University of Arizona (2013-2014)
•    Fulbright Specialist, dispatched at Universidad Santiago de Compostela, Spain (Jun-Jul 2011)
•    Co-Director of the US-Mexico Binational Center for Environmental Sciences and Toxicology, a higher education partnership for research collaboration, human capacity training and outreach between the University of Arizona and 11 universities/institutes in Mexico. (2003 – present)
•    Editorial Board Biodegradation (international peer reviewed journal) (2003 – present)
•    Co-Recipient of the 2001 Lettinga Award (In recognition of work on anaerobic biodegradation and dissemination of information on anaerobic technology). Prize presented on Sept 6th, 2001 at the 9th World Conference: Anaerobic Digestion 2001, Antwerp, Belgium (2001)
•    Fellow of The Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW, Konelijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen) (1991-1996)

Selected Publications
Olivares, C., J. Liang, L. Abrell, R. Sierra-Alvarez, and J. A. Field. 2013. Pathways of reductive 2,4-dinitroanisole (DNAN) biotransformation in sludge. Biotechnol. Bioeng.:[in press].

Puyol, D., J. M. Carvajal, B. Garcia, R. Sierra-Alvarez, and J. A. Field. 2013. Kinetic characterization of Brocadia spp.-dominated anammox cultures. Bioresource Technology in press.

Carvajal-Arroyo, J. M., W. Sun, R. Sierra-Alvarez, and J. A. Field. 2012. Inhibition of anaerobic ammonium oxidizing (Anammox) enrichment cultures by substrates, metabolites and wastewater constituents. Chemosphere 91:22-27.

Gómez-Rivera, F., J. A. Field, D. Brown, and R. Sierra-Alvarez. 2012. Fate of cerium dioxide (CeO2) nanoparticles in municipal wastewater during activated sludge treatment. Bioresource Technology 108:300-304.

Otero-Gonzalez, L., R. Sierra, S. A. Boitano, and J. Field. 2012. Application and validation of an impedance based real time cell analyzer to measure the toxicity of nanoparticles impacting 16HBE14o- lung epithelial cells. Environmental Science and Technology 46:10271–10278.

Rodriguez-Freire, L., W. Sun, R. Sierra-Alvarez, and J. A. Field. 2012. Flexible bacterial strains that oxidize arsenite in anoxic or aerobic conditions and utilize hydrogen or acetate as alternative electron donors. Biodegradation 23:133-143.

Tapia-Rodriguez, A., V. Tordable-Martinez, W. Sun, J. A. Field, and R. Sierra-Alvarez. 2011. Uranium bioremediation in continuously fed upflow sand columns inoculated with anaerobic granules. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 108:2583-2591.

Luna-Velasco, A., R. Sierra-Alvarez, B. Castro, and J. A. Field. 2010. Removal of nitrate and hexavalent uranium from groundwater by sequential treatment in bioreactors packed with elemental sulfur and zero-valent iron. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 107:933-942.

Sun, W., L. Milner, R. Sierra-Alvarez, and J. A. Field. 2010. Anaerobic oxidation of arsenite linked to chlorate reduction. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 76:6804-6811.

Sun, W., R. Sierra-Alvarez, I. Hsu, P. Rowlette, and J. A. Field. 2010. Anoxic oxidation of arsenite linked to chemolithotrophic denitrification in continuous bioreactors. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 105:909-917.

Alternate Position: 
Assistant Dean for Graduate Education

University of Arizona College of Engineering