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); UM System President's Award for Cross-Cultural Engagement ('17); AEESP and AAEES Pohland Medal (research+teaching+practice) ('17); AWWA Leal Award (public health leadership) ('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 and nutritious food and to promote energy efficiency 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 of the American Academy of Sanitarians; Certified Environmental Professional (via eminence) of the Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals; and Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) in the United Kingdom.

Professor Oerther's professional distinctions include: Fellow, American Academy of Nursing; Fellow, Royal Society for Arts; Fellow, Royal Society for Public Health; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health; and Fellow, Academy of Nursing Education.

Representative, publications co-authored by Professor Oerther include:
- Alm, et al, 1996, The Oligonucleotide Probe Database, Appl Environ Microbiol 62:3557
- Oerther et al, 2001, Quantifying Filamentous Microorganisms in Activated Sludge Before, During, and After an Incident of Foaming by Oligonucleotide Probe Hybridizations and Antibody Staining, Wat Res 35:3325
- Choi, et al, 2005, Influence of Cross-Flow Velocity on Membrane Performance During Filtration of Biological Suspension, J Mem Sci 248:189
- 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, Appl Environ Microbiol 71:5814
- Lamendella, et al, 2011, Comparative Fecal Metagenomics Unveils Unique Functional Capacity of the Swine Gut, BMC Microbiology, 11:103
- Divelbiss, et al, 2013, Environmental Health and Household Demographics Impacting Biosand Filter Maintenance and Diarrhea in Guatemala: an Application of Structural Equation Modeling, Env Sci Technol 47:1638
- Voth-Gaeddert, et al, 2018, What Causes Childhood Stunting Among Children of San Vicente, Guatemala: Employing Complimentary, System-Analysis Approaches, Int J Hygiene Environ Health, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheh.2018.01.001

Research Interests
environmental biotechnology, urban sustainability, global development