Doug Graber Neufeld
Office Phone: (540) 432-4401
Main Campus, Harrisonburg
Office Location: RT-D 001C
Dr. Graber Neufeld is Professor of Biology. He works primarily with the Environmental Sustainability program at EMU, with a concentration in issues that relate to environmental monitoring and toxicology. He teaches in the introductory biology course, Concepts in Biology, and in a variety of courses related to environmental issues (such as Environmental Toxicology, Natural History of the Shenandoah Valley). He has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in environmental physiology, and worked at the University of Arizona and the University of Otago (New Zealand) before coming to EMU. He served a two year term with Mennonite Central Committee in Cambodia, were he worked on environmental issues through the Royal University of Agriculture and the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Doug lives in Harrisonburg with his wife, Cristina, and two young sons, Alex and Evan. They enjoy many outdoors activities, and take as many opportunities as possible to go camping and traveling.
Doug’s current research is in collaboration with students and includes projects:
- water monitoring assessing stream health in a local watershed, and the effects of stream restoration
- baseline water monitoring in an area that was proposed as a hydrofracking site
- assessing pesticides in market vegetables using a novel combination of techniques, and
- using zebrafish startle response as a sensitive toxicity indicator
December 1992 Ph.D., Biological Sciences
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
May 1987 B.A., Biology
Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS
(Summa cum laude)
(last 10 years)
1. Cessna, S., Graber Neufeld, D., and S.J. Horst. (2013). Teaching the nature of science in a course in sustainable agriculture. Natural Sciences Education, 42(1), 36-42.
2. Kishbaugh, T, Cessna, S., Leaman, L, Horst, S.J., Graber Neufeld, D., Siderhurst, Matthew, Flanagan, T. Measuring beyond content: A rubric bank for assessing skills in authentic research assignments in the sciences. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 13(3), 268-276.
3. Vermette, S.J., Bernosky, J., and Graber Neufeld, D. (2011). Mapping of Airborne Particulates in Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Comparisons with Bangkok, Thailand and Phoenix, Arizona. Asian Journal of Water, Environment and Pollution. 8(2): 1-9.
4. Graber Neufeld, D.S., and Yoder, J. (2011). The Role of Feeding Adaptations in Resource Competition between Invasive and Native Clams. Proceedings of ABLE. Pages 78-87, in Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, Volume 32 (K. McMahon, Editor). Proceedings of the 32nd Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), 383 pages.
5. Graber Neufeld, D.S., H. Savoeun, C. Phoeurk, A. Glick, C. Hernandez. (2010) Prevalence and Persistence of Organophosphate and Carbamate Pesticides in Cambodian Market Vegetables. Asian Journal of Water, Environment and Pollution,7(4): 89-98.
6. Neufeld, D.S.G. (2010). Mercury Accumulation in Caged Corbicula: Rate of Uptake and Seasonal Variation. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 168: 385-396.
7. Cessna, S. G., Kishbaugh, T.L.S., Graber Neufeld, D.S., and Cessna, G. A. (2009). A Multiweek, Problem-Based Laboratory Project Using Phytoremediation To Remove Copper from Soil. J. Chem. Ed. 86, 726-729..
8. Neufeld, D.S.G., Kauffman, R., and Kurtz, Z. (2005). Specificity of the Fluorescein Transport Process in Malpighian Tubules of the Cricket, Acheta domesticus. J. exp. Biol. 208, 2227-2236.
(last 10 years)
1. Graber Neufeld, D. 2014. “Arsenic in Water and Pesticides in Food: How Does Science Help Us Decide when Toxins are a Problem?” Silliman Lecture Series, invited speaker, Bridgewater College. Mar 21, 2014.
2. Cessna, S., Graber Neufeld, D. 2013. Developing a Comprehensive Undergraduate Research Program and Integrating Undergraduate Research into the Curriculum. Pre-ISSOTL Conference Council on Undergraduate Research Symposium. Raliegh, N.C. Oct 2, 2013.
3. Graber Neufeld, D. 2013. Mini-workshop leader. Applying a versatile rubric for authentic research assignments: An easier and more reliable way to give feedback to students? 34th Association for Biology Laboratory Education; Calgary, Alberta, Canada. June 26-28, 2013.
4. Graber Neufeld, D. 2013. Enhancing Student Engagement and Understanding of Science through Risk Assessment Projects with International Development Agencies. 2013 Annual Meeting, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Boston, Massachussetts. 14-18 February 2013.
5. Akerson, N., and Graber Neufeld, DS. 2012. Organophosphate Pesticide Concentrations in Tomatoes from the Harrisonburg Area. Annual Meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science. Norfolk, VA. May 22-23, 2012.
6. Graber Neufeld, D. Major Workshop leader. “The Role of 1. Feeding Adaptations in Resource Competition between Invasive and Native Clams”; 32nd Association for Biology Laboratory Education, June 22-26, 2010. Halifax, Nova Scotia.
7. Graber Neufeld, D. Keynote speaker, “Stepping Out of the Boat: Caring for God’s World – Leaving a Hopeful Trace”, Mennonite Educators Conference, Feb 4-6, 2010. Pittsburgh, PA.
8. Graber Neufeld, D. Workshop leader: “Education for a Changing Climate: Using Ecological Footprints to Raise Environmental Awareness”, Mennonite Educators Conference, Feb 4-6, 2010. Pittsburgh, PA.
9. Graber Neufeld, D. Workshop leader: “The Green Campus: Institutional Initiatives for Sustainability”, Mennonite Educators Conference, Feb 4-6, 2010. Pittsburgh, PA.
10. Glick, A., C. Eliyan, and D. Graber-Neufeld. Application and Longevity of Organophosphates and Carbamates on Water Spinach in Wetlands of Cambodia. 2009 Eastern Analytical Symposium, Nov 16-19, 2009. Somerset, NJ.
11. Kreider, C., S. Vermette, and D. Graber Neufeld. Household drinking water quality: Comparing the Escherichia coli levels in source and point-of-use water in Kandal province, Cambodia. American Society for Microbiology, Virginia Branch Annual Meeting. Nov. 13-24, 2009. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.
12. ZumFelde, J., N. Samantarat, T. Kootatep, and D. Graber Neufeld. Diurnal and rainfall-dependent variation in water quality in the combined sewer system of Rattanakosin Village, Thailand. American Society for Microbiology, Virginia Branch Annual Meeting. Nov. 13-24, 2009. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.
13. Glick, A., E. Chea, and D. Graber Neufeld. Application and Longevity of Organophosphate and Carbamates on Water Spinach in Wetlands of Phnom Penh. Association of American Geographers, Middle States Division Annual Conference. Nov. 7-8, 2008. Millersville University, PA.
14. Hernandez, C., D. Graber Neufeld, S. Kunthy, and M. Sampson. Levels of Pesticide Residue in Cabbages in Phnom Penh Markets. Association of American Geographers, Middle States Division Annual Conference. Nov. 7-8, 2008. Millersville University, PA.
15. Graber Neufeld, D. Keynote speaker, “Crossing Borders between Science, Faith and Society”, “The Word via the World: How does faithful teaching and science make visible the relationship between the created world and the incarnated Word of God?” , Mennonite University Faculty Conference, Aug 7-8, 2008.
16. Graber Neufeld, D., Savoeun, H., and Phoeurk, C. “Pesticide Residues in Cambodia: Assessing Methylparathion Risk in Market Vegetables,” 2008 Annual Meeting, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Boston, Massachussetts. 14-18 February 2008.
17. Savouen, H., and Graber Neufeld, D. Determination of the levels of pesticide residues in cabbage, kale and long bean collected from the wholesale markets, Phnom Penh. The 9th Socio-Cultural Research Congress on Cambodia. 14-16 November 2006.
18. Graber Neufeld, D. and T. Benzing. “Corbicula used as a biomonitor to assess trends of mercury contamination in a river system”, Fourth World Congress of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Portland, Oregon. 14-18 November 2004.
19. Graber Neufeld, D. “Corbicula transplant studies”, Presentation to Expert Panel, South River Science Team. Department of Environmental Quality, Harrisonburg, Virginia. 8 November 2004.
20. Graber Neufeld, D. and T. Benzing. Reports on Using the Asiatic Clam (Corbicula) to Find Mercury Source Areas in South River. South River Science Team Meeting, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Harrisonburg, VA. Oct 9, 2002; Oct 21, 2003; Feb. 10, 2004; Apr 14, 2004; & Aug 10, 2004.
(past 2 years)
2012 Public presentation to Bergton community on hydrofracking (Nov 13); w/ Tara Kishbaugh and 4 EMU research students
2012 Live interview on WHSV, Ch. 3 Harrisonburg (on world population reaching 7 billion), Oct. 31, 2011
2012 Judge for EMHS science fair
2008-present Referee, manuscripts for Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
2005-2007 Service Worker, Mennonite Central Committee, Cambodia
2004-2005 Member, Science Advisory Council, Eastern Mennonite High School
2002-2005 Member of South River Science Team, a group of approximately 20 professionals of academic, government, industry and grassroot organizations monitoring mercury contamination in the South River watershed.
2005 Judge for Eastern Mennonite High School Science Fair, Apr 21, 2005
2005 Laboratory leader for High School Biotechnology Conference, Eastern Mennonite High School, April 27, 2005
2001-present Referee, manuscripts for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry
1996-present. Referee, manuscripts for the Journal of Experimental Biology.
(last 10 years)
2011-12 Shenandoah Valley Network, grant for baseline testing of water ($2000; w/ Tara Kishbaugh)
2011 EMU Summer Research Grant. “Simplifying a Method for Detecting Pesticides in Vegetables” $1500.
2009-12 National Science Foundation, Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement. “Promoting learning through authentic and relevant research experiences in environmental monitoring and remediation across ten chemistry and biology laboratory courses” Co-PI with S. Cessna, L. H. Leaman, M. Siderhurst, and T. L. Kishbaugh. $137,932. (2009-12).
2007-9 National Science Foundation, “Undergraduate Research Experience to Assess
Sustainable Sanitation and Drinking Water Quality in Developing Countries,” Co-PI with Drs. K. Irvine and S. Vermette, Buffalo State University. $99,306.
2006 (Advisor for grant) Heinrich-Boll Foundation, “Determination of the levels of pesticide residues in cabbage, kale and long bean collected from the wholesale markets, Phnom Penh” $4,850.
2004-5 Lilly Grant. Nursing – Biology – Chemistry Multi Course Collaboration, Environmental Science and Public Health. Collaborative with Dr. Ann Hershberger & Dr. Tara Kishbaugh. $1,700.
2004 DuPont Engineering Grant. Potential Mercury Source Areas in the South River: A Study Using Transplanted Asiatic Clams (Corbicula). Collaborative with Dr. Tom Benzing (JMU). $8,480 ($2,850 for EMU portion).
2004 EMU teaching grant for curriculum redesign (departmental grant), $2000 A Vision of Life: Designing Four Core Courses for the Biology Program
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Association of Biology Laboratory Education
Shenandoah Anabaptist Science Society
Virginia Academy of Sciences
2014. National Water Monitoring Conference. Cincinnati, OH. Apr 28-May 2, 2014
2013. Pre-ISSOTL Conference Council on Undergraduate Research Symposium. Raliegh, N.C. Oct 2, 2013.
2013. Mountain Stream Symposium II, September 21, 2013, James Madison University.
2013. 34th Association for Biology Laboratory Education, June 26-28, 2013. Calgary, Alberta.
(for 2013-14 academic year)
Science, Faith and Ethics in Context (graduate program in biomedicine)
Climate Action Plan committee
D4 Learning Study Group
Advisory committee, Humanitarian Assistance Initiative
Graduate Biomedicine Committee
Quality Service Award Committee