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Zeno  Levy

Zeno Levy

PhD Student Earth Sciences

316 Heroy GL

PhD Student Earth Sciences

Advisor: Don Siegel

Zeno's CV

Research Interests

I am interested in almost every aspect of wetland science. I started off on this path as an undergraduate intern moving wrack around a salt marsh restoration in Jamaica Bay, NYC. My fascination with wetlands has evolved since then. My specialties are basic wetland hydrology and biogeochemistry, but I am also interested in stormwater and wastewater management applications.

Egret in Marsh
Wetland in the Bronx

Throughout my graduate career, I have worked on a diverse assortment of projects including isotope hydrology and geochemistry of large peat bogs in the Glacial Lake Agassiz Peatlands (northern Minnesota), and developing monitoring/O&M plans for a combined sewer overflow (CSO) treatment wetland pilot in Syracuse, NY.

Glad from birdseye view
Zeno syringe sampling

For my Ph.D. research, I am participating in a fantastic multidisciplinary project exploring the hydrology and geochemistry of prairie pothole wetlands at the Cottonwood Lake Study Area in North Dakota. Recent findings have shown that sulfide and organic carbon rich pore waters in prairie wetlands have rapidly and abiotically degraded recalcitrant pesticide compounds in controlled laboratory studies. We are working with the USGS and research teams out of OSU and UMN to better understand how processes of groundwater discharge, recharge, and evapotranspiration in the prairie wetlands conspire to develop this unique “chemical cocktail” over time. Specifically, we are using heat, isotopes of water, and conservative ions as natural hydrologic tracers.

Syringe sampling
North Dakota landscape

I am also interested in solute transport and dual domain modeling in peat soils and how phreatophytic plants fringing wetlands can serve as groundwater “pumps” to alter water table and seepage dynamics.


EST/EFB 220 (SUNY-ESF): Urban Ecology, 2009


Glaser PH, Siegel DI, Chanton JP, Reeve AS, Rosenberry DO, Corbett JE, Dasgupta S, Levy ZF. 2016. Climatic drivers for multidecadal shifts in solute transport and methane production zones within a large peat basin, Global Biogeochem. Cycles 30: doi:10.1002/2016GB005397.

Levy ZF, Siegel DI, Glaser PH, Samson SD, Dasgupta SS. 2016. Peat porewaters have contrasting geochemical fingerprints for groundwater recharge and discharge due to matrix diffusion in a large, northern bog-fen complex. Journal of Hydrology

Tao W, Bays JS, Meyer D, Smardon RC, Levy ZF. 2014. Constructed Wetlands for Treatment of Combined Sewer Overflow in the US: A Review of Design Challenges and Application Status. Water 6: 3362-3386. DOI: 10.3390/w6113362.

Levy ZF, Smardon RC, Bays JS, Meyer D. 2014. A Point Source of a Different Color: Identifying a Gap in United States Regulatory Policy for “Green” CSO Treatment Using Constructed Wetlands. Sustainability 6(5): 2392-2412.

 Levy ZF, Siegel DI, Dasgupta SS, Glaser PH, Welker JM. 2014. Stable isotopes of water show deep seasonal recharge in northern bogs and fens. Hydrological Processes. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9983


Levy ZF, Moucha R, Rosenberry DO, Mushet DM, Goldhaber MB, Siegel DI. Drought-induced recharge promotes long-term storage of dissolved salinity beneath a prairie wetland. American Geophysical Union, General Assembly. NS43C-1934 (Poster Presentation).

Levy ZF, Siegel DI, Moucha R. 2016. Coupling geoelectrical methods with geochemical modeling to understand salt cycling in prairie wetlands. Geological Society of America, Northeastern Section. 16-6 (Oral Presentation).

Levy ZF, Siegel DI, Moucha R, Fiorentino II AJ, Mills CT, Goldhaber MB, Rosenberry DO. 2015 Geoelectrical analyses of sulfurous wetland sediments and weathered glacial till in the prairie pothole region. American Geophysical Union, General Assembly. H53C-1682 (Poster Presentation).

Levy ZF, Lu Z, Mills CT, Goldhaber MB, Rosenberry DO, Mushet D, Siegel DI, Fiorentino II AJ, Gade M, Spradlin J. 2014. Using Halogens (Cl, Br, F, I) and Stable Isotopes of Water (δ18O, δ2H) to Trace Hydrological and Biogeochemical Processes in Prairie Wetlands. American Geophyscial Union, General Assembly. H11A-0853 (Poster Presentation).

Levy ZF, Siegel DI, Glaser PH, Dasgupta SS. 2014. Using stable isotopes of water to re-evaluate the recharge/discharge functions of North American bogs and fens. European Geosciences Union, General Assembly. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 16, EGU2014-967-3 (Oral Presentation).

Levy ZF, Smardon RC. 2012. Developing monitoring protocols and baseline data for assessment of a novel, full-scale combined sewer overflow treatment wetland pilot project in Syracuse, NY. 12th Annual Meeting of the American Ecological Engineering Society (AEES) (Oral Presentation).

Levy ZF, Kight MD, Mu X, Siegel DI, Glaser PH, Rosenberry DO. 2011. Effects of scale on mineral solute transport in circumboreal peat landforms. Geological Society of America (GSA) Northeastern (46th Annual) and North-Central (45th Annual) Joint Meeting (20–22 March 2011) (Oral Presentation).


SURF (Sustainable Remediation Forum) 19th Meeting student poster winner: “Restoring Recreational Opportunities, Habitat, and Ecological Integrity to the Onondaga Creek Corridor: Analysis of the North Valley Area of Syracuse, NY.”

Syracuse University Water Fellow (August 2013 to May 2015)

Syracuse Department of Earth Sciences: Student Publication Award (2014)

European Geosciences Union: Young Scientist’s Travel Award (2014).

Syracuse Department of Earth Sciences: Marjorie Hooker Award for Outstanding Dissertation Proposal (2016)