Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 2023
Professional Honors
  • Mark B. Bain fellowship - Hudson River Foundation, 2018
Professional Affiliations
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)

Dr. Mahdi Chitsaz is an environmental scientist specializing in environmental data analysis, data integration, and visualization. He applies his knowledge of environmental forensics, particularly chemical fingerprinting methods and environmental fate and transport analyses, in support of legal claims and liability allocation associated with chemical contaminants in the environment. 

Dr. Chitsaz's core expertise includes environmental data modeling for chemical source identification and source apportionment analysis of complex mixtures of organic pollutants such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in sediments and water. His experience includes exploratory data analysis methods such as Positive Matrix Factorization (PMF) and geospatial analysis (Python & ArcGIS) applied to a range of topics from source apportionment to watershed runoff and infiltration calculations.

He also has hands-on experience in a microbiology laboratory identifying heavy metal-resistant bacteria to be utilized in phytoremediation.