Factors leading to taste, odor, and toxicity issues in drinking water reservoirs.

Current Projects

Engineering a cost-effective biochar-surfactant system for sorption and degradation of PFAs in drinking water and groundwater in Alabama
Funding: AWRRI USGS section 104 program - $25,000
September 2021 - August 2022
Dengjun Wang (PI, Auburn University) and Jim Stoeckel (co-PI, Auburn University)

Creating a tool for forecasting harmful algal blooms using earth observations and machine learning to predict (HELP) high risk surface water sources
Funding: AAES AgR-SEED program - $149,546
September 2021 - August 2023
Stephanie Rogers (PI, Auburn University), Yin Bao (co-PI, Auburn University), and Edna Fernandez-Figueroa (co-PI, Auburn University)

Dimensions of Biodiversity: Collaborative Research: Phylogenetic, genetic, and functional diversity of the cyanobacterial bloom interactome from local to global scales
Funding: National Science Foundation (Dimensions of Biodiversity program) - $1,999,994
August 2018 - September 2023
Dave Hambright (OU PI) and Lee Krumholz (co-PI) (University of Oklahoma), Hans Paerl (UNC PI, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and Morgan Steffen (JMU PI, James Madison University)


  1. Buley, R. P., M. F. Gladfelter, E. G. Fernandez-Figueroa, and A. E. Wilson. 2022. Can correlational analyses help determine the drivers of microcystin occurrence in freshwater ecosystems? A meta-analysis of microcystin and associated water quality parameters. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 194:493. - Dowload Publication (PDF)

Ecology of Toxins and Taste and Odor Compounds in Drinking Water Reservoirs

  1. Barros, M. U.G., J. I.R. Leitão, T. R.B.T. Aranha, S. Simsek, R. P. Buley, E. G. Fernandez-Figueroa, M. F. Gladfelter, A. E. Wilson, and J. Capelo-Neto. 2020. Icyano: A cyanobacterial bloom vulnerability index for drinking water treatment plants. Water Supply 20(8):3517-3530.  - Dowload Publication (PDF)
  2. Fernandez-Figueroa, E. G., R. P. Buley, M. U.G. Barros, M. F. Gladfelter, W. D. McClimans, and A. E. Wilson. 2021. Carlson’s trophic state index is a poor predictor of cyanobacterial dominance in drinking water reservoirs. AWWA Water Science 3(2):e1219. - Dowload Publication (PDF)
  3. Barros, M. U. G., A. E. Wilson, J. I. R. Leitão, S. P. Pereira, R. P. Buley, E. G. Fernandez-Figueroa, and J. Capelo-Neto. 2019. Environmental factors associated with toxic cyanobacterial blooms across 20 drinking water reservoirs in a semi-arid region of Brazil. Harmful Algae 86:128-137. - Dowload Publication (PDF)
  4. Olsen, B. K., M. F. Chislock, and A. E. Wilson. 2016. Eutrophication mediates a common off-flavor compound, 2-methylisoborneol, in a drinking water reservoir. Water Research 92:228-234.  - Dowload Publication (PDF)
  5. Olsen, B. K., M. F. Chislock, A. Rebelein, and A. E. Wilson. 2017. Nutrient enrichment and vertical mixing mediate 2-methylisoborneol and geosmin concentrations in a drinking water reservoir. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply 17(2):500-507. - Dowload Publication (PDF)
  6. Chislock, M. F. 2015. Ecology and management of off-flavors and cyanotoxins. LakeLine. Winter 2015:43-46 

Nutrient Criteria Development

  1. Fowler, S., W. Deutsch, A. E. Wilson, and E. Reutebuch. 2012. Tallapoosa River basin numerical nutrient criteria for wadeable streams. Final Report for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Agreement ADEM-C00594051. - Dowload Publication (PDF)