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Office Location: ERC B15

Phone: 970-491-8430

Email: andrea.hanson -at- colostate.edu

Andrea Hanson

Research Scientist I

Work Description and Research Interests

  • Coupling laboratory- and field-scale experiments to assess contaminant biodegradation pathways in natural and engineered systems
  • Microbial community proteomics
  • Deep subsurface microbial physiology and ecology
  • Advanced molecular biomarker development
  • High-resolution mass spectrometry-based analytical techniques
  • Oil and gas produced water geochemistry and management
  • Mentoring students in the lab
  • Raising beef cattle 


  • Postdoc (2018-2019)  Colorado State University – Center for Contaminant Hydrology
  • Postdoc (2016-2018) The Ohio State University – Civil and Environmental Engineering (with short stints in Bremen, Germany & University of New Hampshire)

  • Ph.D. Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology (2015) – University of Idaho
    • EPA STAR Fellow (2012-2015), University of Idaho
  • B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2009) – North Dakota State University


Current Research Projects

  • Bioelectrochemical treatment of perchlorate-contaminated groundwater
  • Electrochemical groundwater treatment
  • Oxygen-enhanced natural attenuation of nitroaromatic contaminants
  • Development of molecular biomarkers for enhanced bioremediation

Past Research Projects

  • Microbial lipid biomarkers in Marcellus shale, biogeochemisty of produced water, produced water beneficial reuse
  • Microbial community dynamics in bioreactors producing bioplastics from dairy manure using a multi-omics approach to inform process optimization strategies