Matt Simcik, PhD

Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Matt Simcik

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-6269

Office Address:
1108 Mayo

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St SE
MMC 807
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, Environmental Science, Rutgers University, 1998

MS, Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1994

BS, Chemistry, Michigan State University, 1992


My research broadly focuses on how and why organic pollutants end up in our atmosphere and water, particularly the Great Lakes region. My research interests include gas-particle partitioning, atmosphere deposition, air-water and air-terrestrial exchange, and phototoxicity. 


Environment & exposures, chemistry, water, air, pollution, perfluoroalkly substances, source apportionment, fate, transport processes

Awards & Recognition

  • Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Aerosol Research
  • American Chemical Society
  • Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
  • International Association for Great Lakes Research
  • Sigma Xi
  • Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry


Research Funding Grants

  • 2016–2019, SERDP, "Development of Toxicity Reference Values (TRVs) for Birds Exposed to PFOS, PFOA and Associated Mixtures of Fluorinated Compounds," Principal Investigator 
  • 2014–2017, SERDP, "Development of a Novel Approach to In Situ Remediation of PFC Contaminated Groundwater System," Principal Investigator
  • 2014–2017, LCCMR, "Protecting bacteria from contaminants to preserve water quality," Co-Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2018, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, "Stormwater Research Priorities and Pond Maintenance," Co-Investigator


See a full list of my publications on PubMed

Recent Publications

  • Guo R, Megson D, Myers AL, Helm PA, Marvin C, Crozier P, Mabury S, Bhavsar SP, Tomy G, Simcik M, McCarry B, Reiner EJ. "Application of Comprehensive Extraction Technique for the Determination of Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in Great Lakes Region Sediments," Chemosphere, Dec 2016
  • Tang W, Kuehn TH, Simcik MF. "Effects of Temperature, Humidity, and Air Flow on Fungal Growth Rate on Loaded Ventilation Filters," Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 2015
  • Xiao F, Simcik MF, Halbach TR, Gulliver JS. "Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) in soils and groundwater of a U.S. metropolitan area: migration and implications for human exposure," Water Research, April 2015

Book Chapters

  • Matt F. Simcik, John H. Offenberg, “Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the Great Lakes” In: The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, Volume 5: The Great Lakes
  • Matt F. Simcik, “Atmospheric Fate and Behaviour” In: Persistent Organic Pollutants: Environmental Behaviour and Pathways to Human Exposure. S. J.Harrad Editor, Kluwer Publishers, 2001


Teaching Areas

I am the major chair for the Environmental Health Sciences MPH program and I teach within the Environmental Chemistry concentration, which offers both MS and PhD degrees. I am also an affiliate faculty member with the University of Minnesota Water Resources Science Graduate Program.


  • PubH 6102, Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health
  • PubH 6132, Air, Water, and Global Health 
  • PubH 6154, Climate Change and Global Health
  • PubH 6190, Environmental Chemistry


In The News

SPH News

In The Media

  • Answer Man: Bowlful of snow – delicious or dangerous? (
  • 'Forever' chemicals leave costly water problem in Bemidji, cities across the country (MPR News)
  • UMN professor tries to clean PFCs from east metro water (The Washington Times)
  • Could UMN professor’s invention clean PFCs from east metro water? (Pioneer Press
  • Good Question: What are PFCs, and where can you find them? (WCCO-TV)