JM Lendvay

John M. Lendvay


Full-Time Faculty
Harney Science Center, 440F


John M. (Jack) Lendvay was born and raised near Cleveland, Ohio. Since an early age, he has been interested in environmental issues as one of his childhood memories is the Cuyahoga River Fire of 1969. This interest and his love of science led him to study Chemistry as an undergraduate student at Hiram College, where he graduated in 1983. After college, he joined the US Navy as a Nuclear Submarine Officer and served predominantly on USS Simon Bolivar until 1988. After working in industry for a few years, he realized his true passion was to teach. So, he returned to school studying Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at the University of Michigan where he received his MSE in 1994 and his PhD in 1999. Following graduate study, he secured his dream job at the University of San Francisco, located in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, where he has been a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Science since 1999.


  • Assessment of Water Quality in Coastal California Streams

Research Areas

  • Assessment of Water Quality in Coastal California Streams


  • Chair of Environmental Science, University of San Francisco
  • Faculty Director of Curriculum Development for the Sciences, University of San Francisco


  • University of Michigan, Ph.D. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, 1999
  • University of Michigan, M.S.E. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, 1994
  • Hiram College, B.A. in Chemistry, 1983

Prior Experience

  • Commanding Officer and Training Officer, United States Navy Reserve
  • Nuclear Submarine Division Officer, United States Navy

Awards & Distinctions

  • College of Arts & Sciences Full Time Faculty Award, 2021
  • University of San Francisco Collective Achievement Award, 2016
  • Fulbright Scholar, 2006
  • University of San Francisco Sarlo Prize, 2004

Selected Publications

  • Metzger, E. S. and J. M. Lendvay. 2006. “Community Empowerment through Public Participation: Community-Based Sampling in an Environmental Justice Context.” Environmental Practice, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 104-114.
  • Lendvay, J. M., F. E. Löffler, M. Dollhopf, M. R. Aiello, G. Daniels, B. Z. Fathepure, M. Gebhard, R. Heine, J. Shi, R. Krajmalnik-Brown, C. L. Major, Jr., M. J. Barcelona, E. Petrovskis, R. Hickey, J. M. Tiedje & P. Adriaens. 2003. Bioreactive Barriers: Bioaugmentation and Biostimulation for Chlorinated Solvent Remediation. Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 37, No. 7, pp. 1422-1431.
  • Lendvay, J. M., S. M. Dean, and P. Adriaens. 1998. Temporal and Spatial Trends in Biogeochemical Conditions at a Groundwater-Surface Water Interface: Implications for Natural Bioattenuation. Environmental Science and Technology. Vol. 32, No. 22, pp. 3472-3478.