Speaker: Kate Scow

THE BREN SCHOOL OF Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara



Dr. Kate Scow

Professor of Soil Science & Soil Microbial Ecologist

University of California, Davis

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Bren Hall 1424

”Impacts of Ethanol Release on Natural Attenuation of

Gasoline Components and MTBE in a Contaminated Aquifer

at Vandenberg Air Force Base


Part of the series "Current Topics in Bioremediation,"

presented by Bren professor Patricia Holden.


Dr. Kate Scow — Research Interests

·     Role of microorganisms in invasion by non-native plants

·     Carbon cycling in flooded soils

·     Biodegradation of organic pollutants (MTBE, perchlorate, pesticides, PAHs)

·     Bioremediation of MTBE in groundwater by bioaugmentation and biostimulation

Kate Scow, professor of soil microbial ecology, is an expert on the biodegradation of organic chemicals in soils and groundwater and the microbial ecology of agricultural and wildland soils. Her research emphasis is bioremediation of the fuel additive MTBE, which involves fundamental studies of the physiology of an MTBE-degrading bacterium as well as field application and testing of bioremediation technologies in contaminated groundwater. She develops molecular approaches for rapid characterization of soil microbial communities and quantitative methods for detecting specific groups of microorganisms in soil. Other projects include characterizing rhizosphere communities of invading plant species, microbial ecology of serpentine soils, and using microbial fingerprints to determine sources of fugitive dust.


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