Oerther, Daniel B.
 Civil, Arch & Environ Engr
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 211 Civil Engineering
 ROLLA, MO 65409

University of Illinois, Urbana, Doctor of Philosophy, 2002

Fulbright Distinguished Chair ('12); Excellence in Env Eng Education ('14); Dentel Award for Global Outreach ('15); Missouri President's Excellence Award ('17); Pohland Medal (research+teaching+practice) ('17); Kappe Award (public engagement) ('18)

Daniel Barton Oerther (born October 11, 1972) is an American social entrepreneur, diplomat, and Professor of Environmental Health Engineering. He is best known for the use of 16S ribosomal RNA-targeted techniques to study the ecology of bacteria in engineered and natural systems and for the use of community-based participatory research to create and evaluate programs and policies to improve access to clean water, nutritious food, and efficient energy in developing communities.

Professor Oerther's research program in environmental biotechnology integrates ecological theory, modeling approaches from bioprocess engineering, and genome-enabled molecular biology tools to identify, enumerate, and determine the spatial organization and metabolic activity of phylogenetically-defined microbial populations in natural, built, and clinical environments. His research in sustainable development integrates professional leadership to local, regional, and (inter)national political bodies and non-government organizations with stochastic-based decision support systems to identify culturally appropriate, cost effective, technology-driven solutions to emerging challenges of resistant and resilient urban environments and rural communities.

Professor Oerther earned his BA in biology, and his BS, MS, and PhD in environmental health engineering. His postgraduate studies include microbial ecology, environmental health, public health, and public administration. From 2000 through 2009, he was a member of the faculty of the University of Cincinnati. He joined the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2010, and he joined the US Department of State in 2014.

Professor Oerther's credentials include: Professional Engineer (PE) in DC, MO, OH; Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists; Chartered Engineer (CEng) in the United Kingdom; Certified Environmental Health Specialist in MO; Diplomate, American Academy of Sanitarians; Member, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health; Certified Environmental Professional (via eminence) of the Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals; Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) in the United Kingdom; Fellow, American Academy of Nursing; Fellow, Royal Society for Public Health; Fellow, Royal Society for Arts.

Representative, highly cited publications include:
- Alm, et al, 1996, The Oligonucleotide Probe Database, AEM 62:3557
- Choi, et al, 2005, Influence of Cross-Flow Velocity on Membrane Performance During Filtration of Biological Suspension, J Mem Sci 248:189
- Choi, et al, 2005, Effect of Permeate Flux and Tangential Flow on Membrane Fouling for Wastewater Treatment, Sep Pur Tech, 45:68
- Saikaly, et al, 2005, Use of 16S rRNA Gene Terminal Restriction Fragment Analysis the Impact of Solids Retention Time on the Bacterial Diversity of Activated Sludge, AEM 71:5814
- Lamendella, et al, 2011, Comparative Fecal Metagenomics Unveils Unique Functional Capacity of the Swine Gut, BMC Microbiology, 11:103

Research Interests
environmental biotechnology, urban sustainability, global development