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Research Interests

Professor Packman's research focuses on water, sediments, and microbiota, with particular emphasis on the basic processes that control interfacial dynamics in aquatic systems and the coupling of physical transport processes with biological and biogeochemical processes.  He seeks to define critical structure-transport-transformation relationships in dynamic environments such as rivers and surface-attached microbial communities (biofilms).  Prof. Packman's work is highly collaborative and encompasses fluid mechanics, particle transport and morphodynamics, aquatic chemistry, and microbiology.  Important applications include benthic microbial ecology, nutrient and carbon cycling, contaminant transport and water quality, ecosystem degradation and restoration, waterborne disease transmission, and control of biofilms in human infection and engineered water systems.

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Engineering and Science, PhD, California Institute of Technology

… → 1997

Environmental Engineering and Science, MS, California Institute of Technology

… → 1992

Mechanical Engineering, BS, Washington University St. Louis

… → 1991

Research interests

  • Environmental transport processes
  • Microbial transport processes

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