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
B.S., Dickinson College

National Institute of Standards and Technology, NRC Post-Doctoral Fellow (1998-2000)
Remedial Project Manager/Mobile Lab Manager, Maryland Department of the Environment

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)


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.


Current Research Activities


Urban Environmental Biogeochemistry Laboratory

Urban Environmental Biogeochemistry REU


Related Academic Programs


Environmental Science and Studies Program

Environmental Science Graduate Program


Current Students


Rob Flora, ENVS MS Program

Kristin Lazzeri, Geology Major

Elluz Chong Qui, Geology Major


Class Links


GEOL 121

GEOL 305

GEOL 495

ENVS 601

ENVS 798