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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Robert S. Dungan (Rob)

Research Microbiologist


1999 Ph.D. Soil and Water Science, University of California, Riverside, CA

1993 B.S. Environmental Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ


2007-present: Research Microbiologist, USDA-ARS, Northwest Irrigation and Soils Research Laboratory, Kimberly, ID

2003-2007: Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS, Environmental Management and Byproduct Utilization laboratory, Beltsville, MD

2000-2003: Post Doctoral Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS, George E. Brown, Jr. Salinity Laboratory, Riverside, CA

Professional Societies

American Society for Microbiology

Soil Science Society of America

American Society of Agronomy


Expertise and Scientific Interests

Airborne transport of bioaerosols

Molecular-based detection and quantification of bacterial pathogens

Biogeochemical cycling of selenium

Enhanced degradation of fumigant pesticides

Beneficial use of industrial byproducts in soil-related applications

Current Research

Airborne transport of bioaerosols from dairies and during center pivot irrigation of manure wastewaters 

Assessing the benefits of purple sulfur bacterial growth in dairy wastewater ponds 

Impact of greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions from dairy operations on air quality


Last Modified: 12/3/2013