About SBI Research:

The Subsurface Biosphere and Engineered Environmental Processes

Diagram of SBI research areas.
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OSU Researchers Working in this Area

Researcher Expertise
Daniel Arp
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Investigations at the molecular level of bacteria involved in oxidation of butane, ammonia, and toluene with potential for bioremediation of chlorinated aliphatic compounds.
Mohammad Azizian
School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering
Environmental engineering chemistry with research expertise in the areas of physical-chemical and biological treatment processes as related to contaminated soils and ground waters.
Peter Bottomley
Department of Microbiology
Physiology and ecology of bacteria that inhabit the surface and subsurface soil environment, and especially those bacteria involved in the nitrogen cycle and biodegradation of xenobiotic compounds.
Frank Chaplen
Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering
Cellular engineering; metabolic engineering; animal cell culture.
Lynda Ciuffetti
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Molecular genetics of plant-parasitic fungi; evaluation of pathogenicity factors.
Rick Colwell
College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences
Microbial ecology, subsurface microbiology, geomicrobiology, bioremediation.
Mark Dolan
School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering
Biological processes for the treatment of hazardous wastes, and on the fate and transport of organic contaminants in the environment.
Roger Ely
Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering
Metabolic responses in nitrifying bacteria; Bio-based hydrogen energy systems.
Jennifer Field
Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
Occurrence, transport, and fate of organic contaminants in ground water, surface water, and wastewater treatment systems.
Roy Haggerty
Department of Geosciences
Exchange of water between streams and the shallow subsurface (the hyporheic zone), on nitrate transport through sediments below agricultural lands in Oregon, groundwater flow modeling, and on the physics of solute transport in highly heterogeneous materials.
Jim Ingle
Department of Chemistry
Application of analytical chemistry and instrumentation in environmental studies of surface and ground water.
Jonathan Istok
School of Civil and Construction Engineering
Microbially mediated reactions to reduce subsurface contamination of solvents, petroleum, toxic metals and radioactive elements.
Clare Reimers
College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences
Benthic biogeochemistry; chemical sensor development; in-situ measurements of redox conditions in natural waters and sediments; carbonate chemistry.
Luis Sayavedra-Soto
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology of microorganisms that are capable of alkane oxidation and of microorganisms in the nitrogen cycle.
John Selker
Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering
Physics and biology of contaminant transport in unsaturated soils, with particular interest in the connection between biological growth and water movement.
Lewis Semprini
School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering
In-situ bioremediation of subsurface of contamination with chlorinated solvents.
John Westall
Department of Chemistry
The application of surface and solution chemistry to problems in environmental chemistry, electrochemistry, and analytical chemistry.
Kenneth Williamson
School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering
Biological treatment for hazardous and municipal wastes and environmental management.

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