Ronald Oremland


Recent Accomplishments


  • B.S., Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1968. 
  • Ph.D., Marine Sciences, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami, 1976.  

Professional Studies/Experience

  • 1977 to Present:  Project Chief (grade: Senior Research Scientist, March, 1999).  United States Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, Menlo Park, CA.
  • 2013 to Present:  Adjunct Professor, Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA.
  • 1976 to 1977:  National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
  • 1974 to 1976:  Graduate Research Assistant, RSMAS, University of Miami
  • 1972 to 1974:  Graduate Student, RSMAS, University of Miami.
  • 1969 to 1971:  Active Duty, U.S. Navy; Commissioned 11/1969; Graduated Naval School of Diving and Salvage, Wash. D.C., 4/1970; Active Duty Station:  Diving and Salvage Officer, Executive Officer, USS Utina (ATF - 163).
  • 1968 to 1969: Graduate Student, RSMAS, University of Miami (studies interrupted by military service).


  • 2013 to Present:  Adjunct Professor, Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA.

Professional societies/affiliations/committees/editorial boards

  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • International Committee of the International Symposia for Environmental Biogeochemistry 

Honors, awards, recognition, elected offices

  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (Elected October, 2015).
  • Distinguished Service Award, US Dept. Interior, October, 2000. 
  • Fachbeirat (Scientific Advisory Board), Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany (Nov., 2000 – December, 2011).
  • Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology (Elected, 1998).
  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union (Elected, 2004).
  • President, International Symposia for Environmental Biogeochemistry (ISEB Inc.): 2001 – 2007.
  • Fellow of the ISEB, elected November, 2007.
  •  ISEB: International Committee for Environmental Biogeochemistry (elected, October, 1983), Elected to position of vice-chairman, September, 1987. Chairman of Executive Board, 1991 - 2001.
  •   ISEB 10 National Chairman, San Francisco, CA 19 - 23 August, 1991; Theme:  Global Change and the Biogeochemistry of Radiative Trace Gases.
  • Chief Editor, "Biogeochemistry of Global Change: Radiatively-Active Trace Gases" by Chapman & Hall, NY
  •  Adjunct Professor, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, Dept.   Marine & Atmospheric Chemistry, Univ. Miami, FL
  • Guest Editor, Geomicrobiology Journal, special issue on dissimilatory reduction of toxic elements (2001)
  •  Chairman and organizer, symposium on "Atmospheric methane and the biosphere/geosphere", ACS Geochemistry Div., Denver Colorado., April, 1987. 
  •  Editorial Board, Applied & Environmental Microbiology, 1980 to 1986; Re-appointed 2004 – 2006; 2007 - 2009.
  •   Associate Editor, Geomicrobiology Journal (1988 – to present).
  • Editorial Board, Environmental Microbiology (appointed, January, 2007).          
  •  Dept. Interior, Meritorious Service Award, September, 1992.   
  •  Dept. Interior, Superior Service Award, U.S. Geological Survey, October, 1988.
  •  USGS/DOI Outstanding Achievement Award, March 1996




Selenate removal from wastewaters. 1991, U.S. Patent No. 5,009,786.

Selenate removal from wastewaters. 1993. U.S. Patent No. 5,271,831.

Enhancement of bacterial oxidation of methyl bromide during agricultural fumigations. 2000. US Patent No. 6,013,254.

A bioreactor for the oxidation of the fumigant methyl bromide. 2005. US Patent No. 6916446.

Microbiologically generated nanocomposites using hybrid Te nanorods and polymers (in process of filing with colleagues at Univ. Houston & Trinity College)
Scientific/Oral Presentations, Abstracts