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Faculty Profile


  • ScD, Columbia University, 2004
  • MS, University of Texas at Austin, 1997
  • BS, Northeastern University, 1995


  • Professional Engineer: New York

Research & Scholarship Interests

Surface water quality, microbial ecology and systems bioecology (the combination of systems biology and systems ecology)
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Department Research Areas

College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • Environmental Merit Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • 2002 Outstanding Student Presentation Award. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California
  • 1997 First Place Programming Competition. Environmental Systems Research Institute, User Conference, San Diego, California
  • 1996 Top 5%. JARS Java Applet Rating Service. For UTFLOW Java Applet

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society of Limnology & Oceanography
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • Consortium of Universities for Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Incorporated
  • International Water Association
  • New England Water Environment Association
  • Water Environment Federation

Selected Publications

  • F.L. Hellweger, 100 Years Since Streeter and Phelps: It is Time to Update the Biology in Our Water Quality Models, Environmental Science and Technology, 49(11), 2015, 6372-6373
  • F.L. Hellweger, N. Fredrick, J.A. Berges, Age-correlated Stress Resistance Improves Fitness of Yeast: Support from Agent-based Simulations, BMC Systems Biology, 8(18), 2014, 1-10
  • F.L. Hellweger, E. van Sebille, N.D. Fredrick, Biogeographic Patterns in Ocean Microbes Emerge in a Neutral Agent-based Model, Science, 345(6202), 2014, 1346-1349
  • J.-U. Kreft, C. Plugge, V. Grimm, F. Hellweger, et al., Mighty Small: Observing and Modeling Individual Microbes Becomes Big Science, PNAS, 110(45), 2013, 18027-18028
  • N. Fredrick, J.A. Berges, B. Twining, D. Nuñez-Milland, F.L. Hellweger, Exploring Mechanisms of Intracellular P Heterogeneity in Cultured Phytoplankton Using Agent Based Modeling, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 79(14), 2013
  • F.L. Hellweger, Escherichia Coli Adapts to Tetracycline Resistance Plasmid (pBR322) by Mutating Endogenous Potassium Transport: in Silico Hypothesis Testing, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 83(3), 2013, 622-631
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November 10, 2015

CEE Associate Professor Ferdi Hellweger was featured in the Charles River Conservatory's third volume of River Stories, which highlights local writers and artists.

August 24, 2015

CEE Associate Professor Ferdi Hell­weger explains that the recent blue-green algae blooms in the Charles River might affect efforts to make the river swimmable.

July 13, 2015

CEE Associate Professor Ferdi Hellweger explains how the last remaining snow banks from Boston's record breaking winter show just how many contaminants effect our surface water.

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