Rebecca Lahr, Ph.D.

Rebecca  Lahr
  • Assistant Professor
  • Chemistry
  • Holmes Hall, E-187
  • 919 E. Shaw Lane
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • (517) 884-3930


Dr. Lahr is committed to students and education, passionate about research in environmental chemistry, motivated by service and outreach, and determined to protect drinking water supplies from the pressures of climate change, population growth, and resource extraction. Her research targets the need for detection, monitoring, and prevention of environmental pollution, with a focus on developing sensors for environmental pollutants, monitoring concentrations of environmental contaminants, examining processes involved in pollutant degradation, conducting mass balances concerning contaminant source and fate in the environment, and ultimately sharing scientific data to encourage sustainable-minded decision making. As the population of the Earth edges closer to its estimated carrying capacity, preservation and management of natural resources is becoming increasingly important to maintain public health.


  • Postdoc, Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan 
  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech 
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Wisconsin- La Crosse