John Lendvay

John Lendvay

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty
Harney Science Center 440F


John M. (Jack) Lendvay received his MSE and PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan and is a licensed Civil Engineer with the State of California. His undergraduate studies were completed at Hiram College where he learned the value of a liberal arts education and received his BA in Chemistry. Dr. Lendvay's research interests focus primarily on the relationships between land use and water quality in coastal streams. He is currently working with colleagues and undergraduate students at USF and the US National Park Service to assess water quality of the Redwood Creek Watershed, Marin County, CA. Additionally, he continues to work in collaboration with local non-governmental and community advocate agencies in the Bay View Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco to evaluate significant environmental impacts on this environmental justice community. Previously, Dr. Lendvay was a Fulbright Scholar in collaboration with Universidade Federal de Alagoas in Maceio, Brazil, where he pursued a research project titled, “Watersheds and Water Quality: Assessment and Management.

The Yosemite Watershed Restoration Project is a community–based assessment of water quality at Yosemite Slough and is organized and led by undergraduate research assistants at the University of San Francisco. Teams of local high school students are trained on environmental concerns impacting the community and on sampling protocols necessary to conduct a detailed water quality assessment of the slough. The students examine the impact of sewage treatment plant outflow, good urban water quality practices, and sources of impervious surface runoff. The expectation is that data from this water quality assessment and a parallel wildlife census will be incorporated into a community effort to influence redevelopment decisions minimizing future environmental impacts.

Research Areas

  • Assessment of Water Quality in Coastal California Streams


  • PhD, University of Michigan