Doug Graber Neufeld

Doug Graber Neufeld

Office Phone: (540) 432-4401


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: SSC 026C

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Dr. Graber Neufeld is Professor of Biology & Director of the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions.

In the Biology&Chemistry Departments, he works primarily with the Environmental Sustainability program, 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 (MCC) in Cambodia, were he worked on environmental issues through the Royal University of Agriculture and the Royal University of Phnom Penh. More recently, he served another two year term with MCC, as water & livelihoods advisor in Kenya, splitting his time between WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) programs in informal settlements (“slums”) of Nairobi, and water provision and conservation agriculture projects in ASAL (arid and semi-arid lands) regions of eastern Kenya. Doug lives in Harrisonburg with his wife, Cristina, and two sons, Alex and Evan. They enjoy many outdoors activities, and take as many opportunities as possible to go camping and traveling.

Doug’s research at EMU 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. Neufeld, D.S.G., and N. Åkerson. (2017). QuEChERS extraction combined with colorimetric enzyme-inhibition detection for pesticide residue analysis in vegetables. Virginia Journal of Science.

2. Graber Neufeld, D., (2016). Food security strategies in Kenya. Intersections. 4(2), 8-9.

3. 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.

4. Kishbaugh, T, Cessna, S., Leaman, L, Horst, S.J., Graber Neufeld, D., Siderhurst, Matthew, Flanagan, T. (2012). 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Neufeld, D.S.G. (2010). Mercury Accumulation in Caged Corbicula: Rate of Uptake and Seasonal Variation. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 168: 385-396.

9. 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..

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

(last 10 years)

1. B. Yoder, J. Parker, D. Graber Neufeld, J. Yoder. An integrated ecological and water quality assessment in the headwaters of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. Annual Meeting Virginia Academy of Sciences. James Madison University, May 22, 2015

2. H. Daley, J. Sachs, T. Kishbaugh, D. Graber Neufeld. 2015. A baseline water monitoring program in response to potential hydrofracking. Annual Meeting Virginia Academy of Sciences. James Madison University, May 22, 2015

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Graber Neufeld, D. Workshop leader: “The Green Campus: Institutional Initiatives for Sustainability”, Mennonite Educators Conference, Feb 4-6, 2010. Pittsburgh, PA.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

Other Presentations

(past 5 years)

2016 Workshop leader: Improving learning of science by engaging students in WaSH projects: Feb. 27, 2016, Nairobi, Kenya

2015 WaSH Workshop presenter, MCC East Africa programs, Nairobi, Kenya, Oct 29-30, 2015.

2014-5 Public presentations to Bergton community on stream restoration; w/ Jim Yoder, EMU research students, and collaborators

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

Church, Community and Professional Service

2014-2015 Referee, Urban Water Journal, and Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.
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

Honors, Awards and Grants

(last 10 years)

2014-16 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Implementation Grant: “Changing Agricultural Impacts on Shenandoah Headwaters” Funded w/ Jim Yoder, $200,000

2014-15 EMU Research Release Time, Potential Impacts of Greenway Development, Hydrofracking, and Climate Change on Local Water Quality, 6 credit load hours, $500

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.

Professional Memberships

American Association for the Advancement of Science
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Association of Biology Laboratory Education
Virginia Academy of Sciences

Professional Conferences Attended

(past year)

2017. ECHO East Africa Symposium, Conservation Agriculture. Arusha, Tanzania, 6-10 February 2017.

2016. Conservation Agriculture: Building on Diversity. ZESA Training Centre, Harare, Zimbabwe 16-19 February 2016.

2015. Annual Meeting Virginia Academy of Sciences. James Madison University, May 22, 2015.

2015. Environment Virginia Symposium. Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA. Apr 1, 2015.

2015. “Perceptions: Science and Religious Communities”. American Association for the Advancement of Science. Washington, D.C.. Mar 13, 2015.

2014. National Water Monitoring Conference. Cincinnati, OH. Apr 28-May 2, 2014

EMU Service

Library Director Search Committee
Oregon Extension Academic Governance Committee
Climate Action Plan committee
Graduate Biomedicine Committee
Quality Service Award Committee
Animal Care and Use Committee

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