Dr. John M. Senko

Dr. John M. Senko

Title: Associate Professor
Research Specialty: Geomicrobiology, Environmental Biogeochemistry, Environmental Microbiology
Dept/Program: Geosciences
Office: CRH 126
Phone: 330 972-8047
Fax: 330 972-7611
Email: senko@uakron.edu
Website: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=MeDNh7oAAAAJ&hl=en
SSRN: http://twitter.com/akrongeomicro



Geomicrobiology, Environmental Biogeochemistry, Environmental Microbiology

Research Interests

I study how microorganisms influence the prevailing chemical conditions of a variety of “natural” and man-made systems. I am particularly interested in how the ecology, physiology, and in-situ activity of these microorganisms influence the fate of environmental contaminants.  I am also interested in how microbial communities respond (in terms of community structure and activity) to physicochemical changes in their environment.

The work in my lab currently focuses on microbially mediated redox transformations of iron and sulfur species in acid mine drainage (AMD)-impacted systems, microbially-influenced corrosion, and microbial processes associated with flue gas “scrubbers” at coal-fired electric power plants.

Selected recent publications

Brantner JS, Haake ZJ, Burwick JE, Menge CM, Hotchkiss ST, Senko, JM. 2014. Depth-dependent geochemical and microbiological gradients in Fe(III) deposits resulting from coal mine-derived acid mine drainage. Frontiers in Microbiology. 5:215.

Poncelet DM, Cavender N, Cutright TJ, Senko JM. 2014. An assessment of microbial communities associated with surface mining-disturbed overburden. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 186:1917-1929.

Parker CW, Wolf JA, Auler AS, Barton HA, Senko JM. 2013 Microbial reducibility of Fe(III) phases associated with the genesis of iron ore caves in the Iron Quadrangle, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Minerals. 3:395-411.

Brown BP, Brown SR, Senko JM. 2012. Microbial communities associated with wet flue gas desulfurization systems. Frontiers in Microbiology. 3:142.

Bertel D, Peck JA, Quick TJ, Senko JM. 2012. Iron transformations induced by an acid-tolerant Desulfosporosinus species. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 78:81-88.




  • B.S. Saint Vincent College, 1997
  • M.S. Duquesne University
  • Ph.D. Microbiology, University of Oklahoma, 2004