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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Michael B Jenkins

Research Microbiologist




Dr. Jenkins' focus at the National Sedimentation Laboratory's Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit is on charactering the effects of agricultural management practices on soil, sediment, and water archaeal, bacterial, and fungal communities with emphasis on nitrifying and denitrifying communities.



  • Ph.D. (Microbiology), 1984, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
  • M.S. (Microbiology), 1979, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
  • B.A. (German), 1966, University of California, Berkeley, CA


Professional Experience:

        Research Microbiologist, 2012-present, USDA-ARS, Oxford, MS.

        Research Microbiologist, 1999-2012, USDA-ARS, Watkinsville, GA.

        Research Associate IV, 1994-1999, Department of Microbiology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

        Research Associate IV, 1991-1994, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell, University, Ithaca, NY.

        Visiting Scientist, 1990-1991, National Institute of Biotechnology, Braunschweig, Germany.

        Assistant Research Scientist, 1988-1990, Systems Ecology Research Group, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.

      Postdoctoral Research Soil Scientist, 1984-1988, Department of Soil and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Riverside, CA.

        Graduate Research Assistant, 1979-1984, Departments of Microbiology and Soil Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

        Graduate Teaching Assistant, 1978-1979, Department of Microbiology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.




Areas of Interest and Expertise:

            Soil microbiology, molecular microbial ecology of pathogenic bacteria and protozoa (transport and survival of pathogens, including atmospheric transport), microbial source tracking, biodegradation, microbial diversity and community structure, with a focus on the microbial communities in the processes of nitrification and denitrification in agroecosystems.


Professional Activities:

Editorial Board Member:

Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

Reviewer of research proposals for:

            National Science Foundation


            U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research Development (BARD) Fund

            Maryland Sea Grant College

            USGS/National Institutes for Water Resources

            The Research Council of Norway

            Water Environment Research Foundation



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