Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences

Geosciences Faculty

Dr. Steven M. Lev
Associate Professor
455 Smith Hall


Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1998
M.S., University of Cincinnati, 1994
B.S., Dickinson College, 1992
National Institute of Standards and Technology, NRC Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1998-2000
Remedial Project Manager/Mobile Lab Manager, Maryland Department of the Environment, 2000
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences, Towson University, 2000-2005                                                 Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences, Towson University, 2005-Present

University System of Maryland, W.H. Elkins Professor, 2010




Some general project areas include:


Fate of roadway derived contaminants in urban systems


Impact of de-icing salts on receiving waters and soils in urban systems


Uptake and accumulation of roadway derived Zn by Lumbricus terrestris

Recent Publications


Partey, F., Lev, S. M., Casey, R., Widom, E., Lueth, V., and Rakovan, J., 2009, Origin of fluorine in and constraints on the petrogenesis of the Rio Grande Rift type Barite-Fluorite-Galena Deposits.  Economic Geology, 104, 505-520..


Burgess, J. L., Lev, S., Swan, C. M. and Szlavecz, K., In Press, Geologic and Edaphic Controls on a Serpentine Forest Community, Northeastern Naturalist.


Camponelli KM, Casey RE, Snodgrass JW, Lev S. M., Landa ER., 2009,  Impacts of weathered tire debris on the development of Rana sylvatica larvae.  Chemosphere, 74, 717-722. 


Lev, S. M., Landa, E.R., Szlavecz, K., Casey, R. and Snodgrass, J., 2008, Application of synchrotron methods to assess the uptake of roadway-derived Zn by earthworms in an urban soil, Mineralogical Magazine, 72(1), 191-195.


Lev, S. M., Filer, J. K. and Tomascak, P., 2008, Orogenesis vs. Diagenesis: Can we use organic-rich shales to interpret the tectonic evolution of a depositional basin?.  Earth Science Reviews, 86 (1-4), p. 1-14.


Lev, S. M. and Brocks, B., 2007, Are soils the culprit? : Linking Natural and Anthropogenic Watershed Processes to the Degradation of the Chesapeake Bay, in: Sarkar, D. and Hannigan, R., eds., Concepts and Applications in Environmental Geochemistry, Elsevier, Amsterdam, p. 637-664.


Class Links

GEOL 121

GEOL 305

ENVS 601

ENVS 798