Elizabeth Meschewski

Elizabeth Meschewski Senior Scientific Specialist

1 Hazelwood Dr.
Champaign, Illinois 61820
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Elizabeth Meschewski joined the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) in April 2011 as a Research Assistant in the Applied Research on Industrial and Environmental Systems (ARIES) group and is now a Senior Scientific Specialist in the Sponsored Research, Public Engagement, and Communications (SRPEC) group at ISTC. Beth communicates ISTC’s research and technical assistance activities by creating displays, posters, and website content. She is also the assistant coordinator for the ISTC Sponsored Research Program which is funded by the Illinois Hazardous Waste Research Fund (HWRF) and assists with oversight of projects funded through HWRF and with a myriad of outreach events related to research at ISTC.


  • M.S. in Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2010)
  • B.S. in Geology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2008)

Research Interests


  • Evaluation of Biochar Applications in 10 Illinois Soils (July 2013–March 2014; publication in progress)
  • The Occurrence of PPCPs in Influent and Effluent at the Champaign and Urbana Waste Water Treatment Plants (April 2013–June 2015)
  • Cobalt-catalyzed Defluorination of Branched Perfluorinated Compounds (September 2017 - August 2020; funded by NSF)
  • Coastal Management Program project (October 2018 - September 2020; funded by IDNR)



  • Meschewski, E. and N. Holm. “PPCPs in the Environment – What Can You Do” at the 24th Annual Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association Conference, Ottawa, Illinois, November 3, 2016.
  • N. Holm, W. Zheng, E. Meschewski, L. Dodgen, S. Chakraboty, and G. Maurer. “Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment: Extending Knowledge and Mitigation Strategies,” oral presentation, One Health Conference - Synergistic Efforts to Reduce Pharmaceuticals in the Environment, Alabama Cooperative Extension, Huntsville, AL, June 20, 2016.
  • Holm, N. and E. Meschewski, “The Billion Gallon Water Challenge — Promoting Water Conservation,” poster presentation at the Institute of Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) Water Congress, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Oct. 2015.
  • Kelly, J., N. Minalt, N. Miller, N. Holm, E. Luber, K. Spokas, and B.K. Sharma, “Impacts of Biochar Amendments on Soil Microbial Community Activity and Structure,” oral presentation, Second Annual Midwest Biochar Conference, August 8, 2014, Champaign, IL.
  • Holm. N. and E. Luber, “The Billion Gallon Water Challenge,” poster presentation at the 1st Illinois Water Day celebration on April 11, 2014, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Holm, N., K. Spokas, E. Luber, B.K. Sharma, and L. Walsh, Evaluation of Biochar Applications in 10 Illinois Soils, oral presentation at the Illinois Biochar Group meeting, November 15, 2013, Peoria, IL.
  • Holm, N., K. Spokas, E. Luber, B.K. Sharma, and L. Walsh, Evaluation of Biochar Applications in 10 Illinois Soils, poster presentation at the 2013 USBI North American Biochar Symposium, October 13-16, 2013, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
  • Holm, N., and E. Luber, Naturally Illinois Expo: Bringing Science to the Community, oral presentation at the Midwest Environmental Education Association Conference, September 28, 2013, Iowa City, Iowa.
  • N. Holm and E. Luber, ISTC’s Sponsored Research Program, poster presentation at the Prairie Research Institute Lightning Talk Symposium, November 2011, Champaign, IL.


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