Svetoslava Todorova

Svetoslava Todorova

Professor of Practice

Civil & Environmental Engineering


  • PhD, Civil Engineering, Syracuse University
  • MPA, Environmental Policy and Administration, Syracuse University
  • MS, Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University
  • BS/MS, Civil Engineering, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Bulgaria


  • EnvisionTM Sustainability Professional

Research Interests:

  • Transport, cycling, and bioaccumulation of metals in aquatic environments
  • Sustainable engineering practices in built and natural environments
  • Urban stormwater management
  • Alternative dispute resolution and collaborative decision-making
  • Intergovernmental negotiations

Current Research:

The current focus of my research is on ecosystem-based studies that apply theories from aquatic chemistry, limnology, and microbiology. The scholarly work that I have undertaken concentrated on understanding mercury fate and transport in aquatic ecosystems and developing technologies for mitigating methyl mercury contamination in lakes. My engineering practice encompasses design of urban water infrastructure, landfills, and assessment of contaminated sites. I was part of a team working on contaminant issues associated with the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico.

In addition to my scientific and engineering work, I serve as an expert at the United Nations Environmental Program Intergovernmental Negotiations Committee working on the development and implementation of a global mercury treaty (Minamata Convention).

Courses Taught:

  • CIE 341 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • CIE 442/642 Treatment Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • CIE 471/671 Environmental Chemistry and Analysis
  • CIE 472/672 Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • CIE 400/600 Urban Stormwater Management


  • Pool of Experts, United Nations Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), 2015-current
  • Teaching Excellence Award, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse University, 2015
  • Member scientist, United Nations Environmental Program Mercury Partnership, 2011- current
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse University, 2012
  • New York State Water Environment Federation, N.G. Kaul Memorial Award for achievements in water quality, 2011
  • Chancellor’s Student-Faculty Leadership Group on Sustainability, Syracuse University, 2008
  • American Society of Microbiology General Meeting Award, 2004
  • Phi Beta Delta Award for student with high scholastic achievements, 2002 and 2005
  • U.S. EPA Brownfields Meeting Award, 2000

Selected Publications:

Galicinao, A.G., Auer, M.T., Matthews, D.A., Revsbech, N.P., Todorova, S., Effler, S.W., Driscoll, C.T. Microprofiling and microcosm studies of methylmercury flux inhibition in lake sediments amended with nitrate and oxygen. Submitted to Environmental Science and Technology.

Todorova, S., Driscoll, C.T. 2015. Zooplankton community changes confound the biodilution theory of methylmercury accumulation in a recovering mercury-contaminated lake. Environmental Science and Technology 49(7): 4066-71.

Matthews, D., Babcock, D., Nolan, J., Prestigiacomo, A., Effler, S., Driscoll, C.T., Todorova, S., and K. Kuhr. 2013. Whole-lake nitrate addition for control of methylmercury in mercury-contaminated Onondaga Lake, NY, Environmental Research, special issue on Mercury in Contaminated Sites 125:52-60.

Blackwell, B., Driscoll, C. T., Spada, M., Todorova, S., Montesdeoca, M. 2013. Evaluation of zebra mussles (Dreissena polymorpha) as biomonitors of mercury contamination in aquatic ecosystems, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 32(3): 638-43.

Todorova, S., Driscoll, C.T., Hines, M., Matthews, D. A., and S. W. Effler. 2009. Evidence for regulation on monomethyl mercury by nitrate in a seasonally-stratified, eutrophic lake, Environmental Science and Technology 43(17):6572-6578.

Todorova, S. and A.M. Costello. 2006. Design of Shewanella-specific 16S rRNA primers and application to analysis of Shewanella in a minerotrophic wetland. Environmental Microbiology 8(3): 426-432.

Todorova, S., Siegel, D., and A.M. Costello. 2005. Microbial Fe(III) reduction in a minerotrophic wetland – geochemical controls and involvement in organic matter decomposition. Applied Geochemistry 20:1120-1130.