Matt F. Simcik PhD » Faculty

Research Interests:Processes governing fate and transport of organic contaminants in the atmosphere and their effects on aquatic systems and human health, including source apportionment, gas-particle partitioning, air-water and air-terrestrial exchange.

Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

Address Division of Environmental Health Sciences 420 Delaware St. SE MMC 807 Minneapolis MN 55454 Work Phone: 612-626-6269
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Matt Simcik received an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in environmental science from Rutgers. His research interests include the fate and transport of organic contaminants in the atmosphere and waters of the Great Lakes.

Ph.D., Environmental Science, Rutgers University, 1998 M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1994 B.S., Chemistry, Michigan State University, 1992

Professional Experience:

July 2006 – Present – Associate Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota August 1999 – June 2006 – Assistant Professor, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota August 1999 – Present – Full Member of the Graduate Faculty of the Water Resources Sciences Program, University of Minnesota January 2005 – Present – Affiliate Member of the Graduate Faculty, Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota October 1997 – August 1999 Post-Doctoral Fellow, School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Department of Chemistry, Indiana University


2006 Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health 2006 – 20076 President, International Association of Great Lakes Research 2005 – 2006 Vice President, International Association of Great Lakes Research 2004 – Member, Board of Directors, International Association of Great Lakes Research 2003 – Member, Board of Directors, Midwest Chapter of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 2003 Excellence in Review Award, Environmental Science & Technology June 1998 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Indiana University


Selected Publications:

  • Jeffrey D. Jeremiason, Linda A. Kanne, Tara A. Lacoe, Melissa Hulting and Matt F. Simcik A Comparison of Mercury Cycling in Lakes Michigan and Superior Journal of Great Lakes Research 2009
  • Ramona L. Johnson, Amy J. Anschutz, Jean M. Smolen, Matt F. Simcik, and R. Lee Penn The Adsorption of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate onto Sand, Clay, and Iron Oxide Surfaces Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data. 52:1165-1170 2007
  • Summer S. Streets, Scott A. Henderson, Amber D. Stoner, Daniel L. Carlson, Matt F. Simcik and Deborah L. Swackhamer, Partitioning and Bioaccumulation of PBDEs and PCBs in Lake Michigan, Environmental Science and Technology 40:7263-7269 2006.
  • Steve Diamond, David Mount, Vincent Mattson, Larry Heinis, Terry Highland, Andy Adams and Matt Simcik, Photoactivated Polycycylic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Toxicity in Medaka Embryos: Relevance to Environmental Risk in Contaminated Sites, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 25:3015-3023 2006.
  • Matt F. Simcik and Kelly J. Dorweiler, A Ratio of Perfluorochemical Concentrations as a Tracer of Atmospheric Deposition to Surface Waters, Environmental Science & Technology 39:8678-8683 2005.
  • Matt F. Simcik, Global Transport and Fate of Perfluorochemicals, Journal of Environmental Monitoring 7:759-763 2005.
  • Matt F. Simcik and Kelly J. Dorweiler, Atmospheric Deposition of Perfluorochemicals to Surface Waters, Organohalogen Compounds 67:794-796 2005.
  • John Offenberg, Matt Simcik, Joel Baker and Steven J. Eisenreich. The Impact of Urban Areas on the Deposition of Air Toxics to Adjacent Surface Waters: A Mass Budget of PCBs in Lake Michigan in 1994. Aquatic Sciences 67:79-85 2005.
  • Matt F. Simcik, Air monitoring of persistent organic pollutants in the Great
  • Lakes: IADN vs. AEOLOS. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 100:201-216 2005.
  • Judith Perlinger, Matt F. Simcik, Deborah L. Swackhamer. Synthetic Organic Toxicants in Lake Superior. Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management 7:491-505 2004.
  • Jonathan W. Martin, Kannan Karunthachalam, Urs Berger, Pim de Voogt, Jennifer Fields, James Franklin, John P. Giesy, Tom Harner, Kevin C. Jones, Scott A. Mabury, Derek C.G. Muir, Matt Simcik and Bert van Bavel. Advancements in Perfluoroalkyl
  • Research Hampered by Analytical Challenges. Environmental Science & Technology 38(13):249A-255A 2004.
  • Matt F. Simcik, The importance of surface adsorption on the washout of semivolatile organic compounds by rain. Atmospheric Environment, 38(3):491-501 2004.
  • Matt F. Simcik, Jeff D. Jeremiason, Elizabeth Lipiatou, Steven J. Eisenreich, Enhanced Removal of Hydrophobic Organic Contaminants by Settling Sediments in Western Lake Superior. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 29(1):41-53 2003.
  • Matt F. Simcik, Raymond M. Hoff, William M. J. Strachan, Clyde W. Sweet, Ilora Basu, Ronald A. Hites, Temporal Trends in Semi-volatile Organic Contaminant Concentrations in Great Lakes Precipitation. Environmental Science & Technology, 34: 361-367, 2000.