Office: 308 Barnard Hall
Specialty: Biofilms in waste remediation and industrial systems

Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Montana State University

Registered Professional Engineer, Montana, #10536PE


  • Industrial Coordinator/Research Professor, Center for Biofilm Engineering, Bozeman, MT 2000-present
  • Research Engineer, Center for Biofilm Engineering, Bozeman, MT  1991-1999
  • Environmental Engineer, Matney-Frantz Engineering, Bozeman, MT  1990-1994

Areas of Expertise


  • Assessment and growth potential of biofilms in industrial and potable water systems
  • Biofilm growth in plumbing fixtures
  • Development of testing protocols for assessing the efficacy antimicrobial products and surfaces
  • Engineered systems for microbial process control
  • Control of microbial souring of oil in pipelines and subsurface formations
  • Biodegradation of organic chemicals in soil and groundwater
  • Groundwater flow hydraulics and microbial transport in porous media
  • Biobarrier construction for groundwater flow control and mitigation of acid rock drainage
  • Design of field-scale biotreatment systems

Technology Transfer:

  • Communication of biotechnology research advances with industry and government
  • Organization of bi-annual technical meetings for CBE Industrial Associates
  • Organization and presentation of biofilm analytical methods workshops for industry and academic researchers and strategic planning workshops for industrial partners



Biofilm related publications searchable by author via CBE Publications



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Related Links


Biofilm First, CBE podcasts

“Biofilms and their relationship to the CDC's list of opportunistic pathogens,” Wee Beasties podcast hosted by Nephros, Inc.

Related News

"Intl Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Symposium Panel Video: The role of regulatory standards in biofilm research & industry innovation" CBE News, April 4, 2022

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“CBE member awarded $17M for drug development to treat cystic fibrosis” CBE News, July 2, 2020

“CBE industrial associate Next Science earns antibiofilm efficacy claim” CBE News, April 13, 2020

“NASA seeks ideas for biofilm problem from CBE and industry” CBE News, August 2, 2019

“STERIS earns first biofilm claim from EPA using testing standard developed by CBE”  MSU News, May 20, 2019

“MSU hosts fifth annual conference to help move life-saving products to the marketplace” MSU News, Feb. 15, 2018