Jim Landmeyer has been a research hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, South Carolina Water Science Center, in Columbia, SC, since 1990. Landmeyer received his B.S. from Allegheny College in 1989, and his M.S. and PhD. from the University of South Carolina in 1991 and 1995, respectively. He has been the author or co-author of more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, and in 2011 authored the textbook "Introduction to Phytoremediation of Contaminated Groundwater". His research interests include the interaction between plants, microbes, and pristine and contaminated groundwater and surface-water systems.