Linda S Lee
Professor of Agronomy
Phone: 765.494.8612
Fax: 765.496.2926
Office: Lilly B-480

Area of Expertise: 
Environmental Chemistry​


Linda S. Lee is a professor in the Purdue University Department of Agronomy; Program Head for the Ecological Sciences & Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program; and a Faculty Affiliate in the Division of Environmental Ecological Engineering. She joined the faculty at Purdue in 1993 after completing a BS (Chemistry), MS (Environmental Engineering) and PhD (Soil chemistry & Contaminant hydrology, Soil & Water Sciences Dept.) at the University of Florida. She has garnered over 10 million dollars in funding from federal and state agencies as well as industry, published over 100 publications with most being in top tier environmental journals, and served as primary mentor of almost 30 graduate students to date. She has an energetic, innovative, stimulating program of research and teaching in environmental soil chemistry grounded in fundamental concepts of chemistry with direct application to known environmental problems. Her research focuses on understanding the processes that govern environmental fate and remediation of contaminants in various media for use in mitigating contamination, decision tools and management guidelines in both industrial and agricultural settings. She has served on multiple national and international advisory groups addressing water quality issues, fair land-applied biosolid policies, and chemical risk prediction and management. Her research over the past 15 years has focused primarily on poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances and other organic endocrine disrupting chemicals of emerging concern. She developed and teaches Environmental Soil Chemistry lab/lecture (AGRY/NRES385, every fall) and Environmental Organic Chemistry (AGRY544, Spring, even year). In addition she co-developed and co-instructs/facilitates the ESE fall and spring Colloquium course series and co-teaches Introduction to Environmental Sciences (AGRY/EAPS/FNR/NRES125). She has two sons and enjoys ​animals, music, the outdoors and scuba diving. (updated June, 2019).​​


University of Florida 1/90 - 6/93 Ph.D. (Soil Chemistry and Contaminant Hydrology)
University of Florida 8/86 - 4/89 M.S. (Environmental Engineering Sciences)
University of Florida 9/77 - 12/83 B.S. (Chemistry)


Professional Experience

2011 - present: Professor, Department of Agronomy
2006 - present: Head, Ecological Sciences & Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program
2011 - present: Affiliated Faculty, Division of Environmental Ecological Engineering
2005 - 2010: Associate Director, Discovery Park Center for the Environment
2006 - 2010: Pre-Environmental Studies Program, Chair (2006-07AG); Co-Chair (2007-09AY)
2001 - present: Professor, Purdue University, Department of Agronomy
1997 - 2001: Associate Professor, Purdue University, Department of Agronomy
1993 - 1997: Assistant Professor, Purdue University, Department of Agronomy
1984 - 1993: Chemist/Senior Chemist, University of Florida, Soil Science Department
1981 - 1982: High School Science & Math Teacher, Westwood Hills Christian Academy
1980 - 1981: Junior HIgh Science & Math Teacher, Westwood Hills Christian Academy


Membership in Academic, Professional, and Scholarly Societies & Related Activities

American Chemical Society (ACS)
American Society of Agronomy (ASA)
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry (SETAC)
Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC)
Evaluating the Physical and Biological Availability of Pesticides and Pharmaceuticals in Agricultural Contexts (W10-82)
Discovery Park Center for the Environment (C4E)
PFOA Peer Consultant



Chemist Certification, American Chemical Society (1984); Frederick B. Smith Scholarship, University of Florida (1991); Certificate of Merit, American Chemical Society (1991); University of Florida Sigma Xi Graduate Student Research Award (1992); Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies, Soil & Water Science, University of Florida (1993); Emil Truog Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation, Soil Science Society of America (1994); Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award of Merit (2001); Purdue University Faculty Scholar (2001-2006); SSAJ Citation for Excellence in Manuscript Review (2003); ASA Fellow (2003); SSSA Fellow (2004); Gamma Sigma Delta Award of Merit (2005); Outstanding Graduate Educator in Agronomy (2008, 2009, 2010); Purdue Graduate Student Government Faculty Mentor Award.


Research Emphasis

Research emphasis is on developing a mechanistic understanding of the processes that govern environmental fate and remediation of contaminants for use in decision tools and management guidelines for industrial and agricultural settings. Current research projects include the fate of emerging contaminants including pharmaceuticals (trenbolone, estrogens, human and veterinary antibiotics) and perfluorinated telomer compounds in soils, sediments, streams, and biosolids; and plume control of chlorinated solvent contamination.

Current Research Projects


Other Current Research Personnel

Chloe De Perre, Analytical Chemist

Primary Teaching

AGRY/NRES385 is an upper level introductory course with 3 lectures and a 3-h wet lab each week that covers environmental soil chemistry concepts in the framework most applicable to metal, nutrient, and organic chemical contamination of soil and water resources. Students are empowered with knowledge and both semi-quantitative and quantitative skills in the fundamental properties and processes responsible for the environmental fate of contaminants in the soil-water environment with emphasis on soil and solution chemistry. The intended audience includes students in an environmental science field that may not have strong chemistry/math backgrounds. No textbook.​ 

AGRY544 focuses on the fundamental properties and processes responsible for the environmental fate of organic contaminants in aqueous and nonaqueous-phase liquids (e.g., fuels, chlorinated solvents, industrial and manufacturing residuals), and soils. Both conceptual and theoretical aspects are covered as well as estimation, correlation, and measurement techniques. Textbook: "Environmental Organic Chemistry", R.P. Schwarzenbach, P.M. Gschwend, and D. M. Imboden.  2nd ed., 2003. Wiley-Interscience (New edition coming at the end of 2014). 

GRAD590 (current) ESE Colloquium is a seminar/lab course for EE students that fosters the development of critical thinking and life cycle-type thinking skills, team building and integration across multiple social, ecological and technical sciences.         

GRAD591 (current) ESE Peer-to-Peer Mentoring is for more advanced ESE students who formally mentor the incoming cohort particularly through facilitating and co-instructing the ESE Colloquium series.​


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