Jennifer Underwood


My primary research focus is to understand the fate, transport and survival of waterborne microbial pathogens as well as to identify how good microbes can be used to enhance the removal of chemical pollutants in our nations waters.   Combining the use of culturing, microscopy and molecular tools is useful to identify sources of microbial contamination as well as to understand the environmental controls on the survival and transport of pathogens.  Additionally, identifying relationships between microbial communities and biogeochemical processes in pristine and altered environments aid our understanding of what constitutes “healthy” ecosystems.        



M.S. Biology

University of Colorado Denver, 2009

Advisor:  Timberly Roane


B.A. Sociology

Missouri State University, 2001