Lisa Alvarez-Cohen

Lisa Alvarez-Cohen
Fred and Claire Sauer Professor of Environmental Engineering
Environmental Engineering

Environmental microbiology and ecology, biotransformation and fate of environmental and wastewater contaminants, and innovative molecular and isotopic techniques for studying microbial ecology of communities involved in wastewater treatment and bioremediation communities.

Office 726 Davis Hall
Phone (510) 643-5969
Fax (510) 643-5264

Office Hours:

  • T 11-12:00
  • Th 12:00-1:00


Lisa Alvarez-Cohen is the Fred and Claire Sauer Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Environmental Science and Technology and is an Associate Editor of Environmental Engineering Science.

Professor Alvarez-Cohen co-authored a textbook entitled Environmental Engineering Science, available from John Wiley and Sons. Alvarez-Cohen, along with Professor William Nazaroff, developed this text using experience teaching CE 111, a junior-level undergraduate environmental engineering class at UC Berkeley.


PhD - Environmental Engineering and Science, Stanford University, 1991
MS - Environmental Engineering and Science, Stanford University, 1985
BA - Engineering and Applied Science, Harvard University, 1984