Trevor P Needham, PhD

Trevor Needham, PhD is a Hydrologist employed at the USGS MD-DE-DC Water Science Center in Baltimore, MD.



PhD: University of Maryland Baltimore County, Environmental Engineering

MS:   Missouri University of Science and Technology, Environmental Engineering

BS:   University of Scranton, Chemistry Concentration in Catholic Studies with a Minor in Theology


Professional Experience

  • Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey MD-DE-DC Water Science Center, November 2018-Present
  • Research Assistant, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2014-2018
  • H.S. Chemistry Teacher, Ave Maria Homeschool Academy, 2015-2016
  • Intern, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, 2005


Publications and Presentations

         Journal Publications

  • Patmont, Eli; Jalalizedeh, Mehregan; Bokare, Mandar; Needham, Trevor; Vance, Jeff; Green, Richard; Cargill, John; Ghosh, Upal. Full Scale Application of Activated Carbon to Reduce Pollutant Bioavailability in a 5-Acre Lake. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 2020,146(5): 04020024
  • Needham, Trevor P.; Payne, Rayford; Sowers, Kevin; Ghosh, Upal. Kinetics of PCB Microbial Dechlorination Explained by Freely Dissolved Concentration in Sediment Mesocosms. Environmental Science and Technology, 2019 53 (13), 7432-7441
  • Needham, Trevor P.; Ghosh, Upal. Four decades since the ban, old urban wastewater treatment plant remains a dominant source of PCBs to the environment. Environmental Pollution, 2018/12/11/ 2018. ISSN 0269-7491
  • Tripp, Jennifer A.; Needham, Trevor P.;  Ripp, Erin M.; Konzman, Brian G.; Homnick, Paul J. A continuous-flow electrophile scavenger prepared by a simple grafting procedure, Reactive & Functional Polymers 70 (2010) 414–418


  • Needham, Trevor. Fate and Transport of PCBs in the Back River WWTP. Presentation, Baltimore Urban Waters Partnership Actionable Science Workgroup PCB TMDL Technical Workshop, Baltimore MD 2018
  • Needham, Trevor; Sowers, Kevin; Ghosh, Upal. Application of Passive Sampling to Measure PCB Microbial Dehlorination Kinetics. Poster, SETAC North America, Sacramento, CA 2018
  • Needham, Trevor; Ghosh, Upal, Sowers, Kevin, Kjellerup, Birthe. Enhanced Microbial Dechlorination of Chlorinated Compounds in the Presence of Carbonaceous Materials. Poster, SERDP-ESTCP Symposium, Washington, DC. 2017
  • Needham, Trevor; Ghosh, Upal. Historical trends of polychlorinated biphenyls in Chesapeake Bay fish and the influence of ongoing sources. Platform Presentation at the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Annual Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI. 2017
  • Needham, Trevor; Ghosh, Upal. Historical trends of polychlorinated biphenyls in Chesapeake Bay fish and the influence of ongoing sources. Platform Presentation at the SETAC Chesapeake Potomac Regional Chapter Meeting, Annapolis, MD. 2017
  • Needham, Trevor; Ghosh, Upal.  Ongoing Release of PCBs from an Urban Wastewater Treatment Plant. Platform Presentation at the Battelle Contaminated Sediments Conference, New Orleans, LA. 2017
  • Needham, Trevor; Ghosh, Upal. Risk Based Approach to Evaluate PCB fate in an Urban Wastewater Treatment Plant. Platform presentation at the Investigating, Restoring and Protecting the Urban Water Environment workshop, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India. 2016
  • Needham, Trevor; Ghosh, Upal. Biosolids as a Concentrating Process for Diffuse PCB Sources in an Urban Environment. Poster Presented at SETAC N.A. Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT. 2015


  • Needham, Trevor. Bioremediation through Microbial Reductive Dechlorination. Guest Lecture, Marine Estuarine Environmental Studies Program, Baltimore MD, 2020
  • Needham, Trevor; Sowers Kevin. From Miracle Chemical to Environmental Hazard: Legacy of the PCB Problem in the Baltimore Region and Possible Solutions. Public Lecture. IMET, Baltimore MD 2018
  • Needham, Trevor. Fate and Treatment Strategies for Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in the Environment. Guest Lecture, University of Scranton, Scranton PA, 2017


Military Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty, Command and General Staff College, Leavenworth, KS, 2017 to present
  • Facilities Engineer, CECOM, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD, 2014 to 2017
  • Commander, 103rd Engineer Company, 94th EN BNLeonard Wood, MO, 2012 to 2013
  • S-3 Current Operations Officer, 4th MEB, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, 2011  to 2012 
  • Maneuver Operations Officer in Charge, JMTC, Grafenwoehr, DRG, 2009 to 2010
  • Engineer Platoon Leader, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, DRG, 2008 to 2009
  • Engineer Platoon Leader, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Iraq, 2007 to 2008


Honors and Awards

  • Battelle International Conference on the Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments, Best Student Paper Award, 2018
  • Chesapeake Potomac Regional SETAC Chapter, Best Student Platform Presentation, 2018
  • Anchor QEA Scholarship Award, 2017
  • Chesapeake Water and the Environment Association Student Design Competition Winner, 2014
  • George C. Marshal Leadership Award, 2006
  • NCAA Academic All American, 2005

      Military Awards

  • Bronze Star
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism  Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Overseas Service Ribbons (2)
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Sapper Leader Course


Professional Training

  • HAZWOPER 40-2017
  • TEDCO-Maryland Innovation Initiative, Lean Innovation Course, 2017
  • Completion of Professors in Training Program-2014, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Engineer in Training Certification-2012, Maryland Board of Professional Engineers
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)-2012
  • Defense Support to Civil Authorities, Phase 1-2012
  • FEMA Certifications, IS-00075, 00200.b, 00700.a, 00808, 00800.b
  • Command and General Staff Officer’s Course-2017, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS
  • Engineer Captains Career Course-2011, U.S. Army Engineer School, Fort Leonard Wood, MO
  • Basic Officer Leadership Course -2007, U.S. Army Engineer School, Fort Leonard Wood, MO

      Community Outreach and other affiliations

  • DOD Secret Clearance
  • Natural Family Planning Instructor for Archdiocese of Baltimore
  • Eagle Scout

Professional Organizations

  • Chesapeake Bay Program, Toxics Contaminant Working Group. Member. 2017-Present
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Chesapeake Potomac Regional Chapter). 2014-Present