Ludmilla Aristilde

Assistant Professor

214 Riley Robb Hall
(607) 255-6845

Ludmilla Aristilde is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering. While growing up in Haiti, her interest in environmental issues was sparked by witnessing the impacts of deforestation on the environment and the links between water pollution and health during an epidemic outbreak of cholera. Her research focus is to address problems at the interface of environmental chemistry and environmental health through mechanistic investigations of the environmental fate and effects of emerging organic contaminants, natural toxins, and other biologically active organic molecules.

Research Focus

The goal of the Aristilde Group is to contribute to a mechanistic understanding of the “why” and “how” of the environmental behavior of biologically active organic molecules, with implications for environmental contamination, ecosystem health, soil fertility, and agricultural productivity. Of particular interest is the fate and effects of emerging contaminants, including pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, hormones, and natural toxins in soils and surface waters. Additionally, she studies the reactivity and fate of important organic substrates and macromolecules in soils.

Teaching Focus

Professor Aristilde teaches students environmental chemistry and its applications in the natural environment. At the undergraduate level, she focuses on introduction to environmental engineering and environmental toxicology, soil chemical processes, and principles of water chemistry. At the graduate level, she works with students on environmental-chemical thermodynamics, physical chemistry of soil-contaminant interactions, and chemical toxicology of organic contaminants. Her current course is BEE 2510 Engineering for a Sustainable Society.

Awards and Honors

  • Cornell Outstanding Educator for having most influenced a Merrill Presidential Scholar, Stephen Galdi (2016) Cornell University
  • Early Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) (2016) NSF-Division of Environmental Chemical Sciences, Division of Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry, and Division of Environmental Engineering
  • Hatch Grant (2016) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
  • Cornell Outstanding Educator for having most influenced a Merrill Presidential Scholar, Thalia Aoki (2015) Cornell University
  • Early Career Instrument Award (2014) NSF-Division of Earth Sciences

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Presentations and Activities

  • Investigating the Biochemical Dynamics of Organic Matter Cycling: A Metabolomics Approach. School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University. 2015. Soil and Crop Sciences Section. Ithaca, NY.
  • The Everyday Role of Chemistry in Environmental Science and Engineering. Alpha Chi Sigma Speaker Series. 2014. Alpha Chi Sigma, Cornell University. Ithaca, NY.
  • Consequences of Carbon Source and Iron Starvation on Bacterial Carbon Metabolism. Department of Bacteriology. 2014. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Madison, WI.
  • Binding of Polar Organic Contaminants to Clay Minerals: Experimental and Computational Studies. ASA, CSSA, & SSSA International Meeting. November 2014. Long Beach, CA.
  • Linking Carbon Source-Dependent Metabolism and the Chemical Diversity of Bacterially-Secreted Metal Scavenging Molecules. ASA, CSSA, & SSSA International Meeting. November 2014. Long Beach, CA.
  • Elucidation of pH-Dependent Interstratified Structures in Organic Cation-Smectite Complexes. National Meeting: Division of Geochemistry. April 2013. American Chemical Society. New Orleans, LA.
  • Molecular Chemodynamics in the Health Implications of Bioactive Organic Contaminants. 2010. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University. Medford, MA.
  • Physical exclusion of Polar Organic Contaminants within Humic Particles and Interlayers of Clay Minerals. 2010. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University,. Ithaca, NY.
  • Sequestration of Polar Organic Contaminants in the Interlayers of Clay Minerals. 2010. Dept. of Chemistry. Université de Sherbrooke. Québec, Canada.
  • Molecular-Scale Interactions in the Binding of Polar Organic Contaminants by Organic and Mineral Fractions of Soils. The 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting. 2010. San Francisco, CA.