Jill Stewart



Associate Professor 
Environment Sciences & Engineering

Deputy Director 
UNC Galapagos Initiative/Ctr for Galapagos Studies

Jill Stewart’s Biosketch 
Curriculum Vitae 
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile


1301 Michael Hooker Research Center 
135 Dauer Drive 
Campus Box 7431 
Chapel Hill 27599 
T: 919-966-7553 


1996  University of Virginia  BA, Environmental Sciences w/ a minor in Chemistry

1998  UNC School of Public Health  MS, Environmental Sciences and Engineering

2003   UNC School of Public Health  PhD, Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Research activities

Dr. Stewart is developing novel techniques to detect and track pathogens in water. She is particularly interested in linkages between ecosystems and human health and well-being. Areas of specialty include water and shellfish quality. She is also interested in evaluating impacts of non-point source pollution, and in evaluating the manner in which human activities (development, stormwater management) can affect their exposure to microbial contaminants. Overall, this research is leading to a greater understanding of how environmental conditions can affect human health, and how humans themselves influence this process.

 Research Interests

Environment (water)

Key Publications

DiDonato, GT, JR Stewart*, DM Sanger, BJ Robinson, BC Thompson, AF Holland and R Van Dolah (2009) 
Effects of changing land use on the microbial water quality of tidal creeks
Marine Pollution Bulletin: vol.58, p.97-106.

Stewart*, JR, RJ Gast, RS Fujioka, HM Solo-Gabriele, JS Meschke, LA Amaral-Zettler, E Del Castillo, MF Polz, TK Collier, MS Strom, CD Sinigalliano, PDR Moeller and AF Holland (2008) 
The coastal environment and human health: Microbial indicators, pathogens, sentinels and reservoirs
Environmental Health: vol.suppl 2, p.S3.

Stewart, JR, J Santo Domingo, and TJ Wade (2007) 
Fecal pollution, public health and microbial source tracking. Ch. 1 In: Microbial Source Tracking. J Santo Domingo and M Sadowsky (eds)
American Society for Microbiology Press, Washington, D.C.

Stewart*, JR, JW Daugomah, DE Chestnut, DA Graves, MD Sobsey and GI Scott (2006) 
FRNA coliphage typing for microbial source tracking in surface waters
Journal of Applied Microbiology: vol.101, p.1015-26.

Stewart*, JR, RD Ellender, JA Gooch, S Jiang, SP Myoda, & SB Weisberg (2003) 
Recommendations for microbial source tracking: Lessons from a methods comparison study
Journal of Water and Health: vol.1, p.225-31.