Ian L. Pepper

Ian Pepper
Professor
Director, WEST Center
Building/Room: 
WEST Center, Rm 1105
Address: 

Water & Energy Sustainable Technology Center
2955 W. Calle Agua Nueva
Tucson AZ 85745

Office Phone: 
(520) 626-2322
Lab Phone: 
(520) 626-8292
Fax: 
(520) 573-0852

Ph.D., Soil Microbiology, 1975, The Ohio State University
M.S., Soil Biochemistry, 1972, The Ohio State University
BSc, Chemistry, 1970, University of Birmingham, Great Britain

National and International

Fellowships

2006 American Association for the Advancement of Science
1992 American Academy of Microbiology
1994 American Society of Agronomy
1994 Soil Science Society of America

Board Certification by Eminence, in Environmental Microbiology

2013 American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists

National Academy of Sciences Committees

2009- Present Research Associateships Program Review
2011-2012 Challenges and Opportunities for International Science at the U.S. Geological Survey (Chair)
2004-2005 Research Priorities for Earth Science & Public Health
2004-2006 U.S. National Committee for Soil Science (Second Term)
2001-2003 U.S. National Committee for Soil Science (First Term)
2001-2002 Biosolids Applied to Land: Advancing Standards and Practices

National Centers

2014-2019 National Science Foundation Water and Environmental Technology Center (Renewal) (Director)
2009-2014 National Science Foundation Water and Environmental Technology Center (Director)
2004-2009 National Science Foundation Center on Water Quality (Renewal) (Director)
1999-2004 National Science Foundation Center on Water Quality (Director)
2005-2011 EPA/Homeland Security Center for Advancement of Microbial Risk Assessment (Co-Investigator)

Other Honors and Awards

2010 The National Environmental Quality Research Award, American Society of Agronomy
2010–2014 Chair Division 4.2 Soils, Food Security and Human Health, International Union of Soil Science
2009 Quentin Mees Outstanding Research Award in Water Science, Arizona Water Association
2007–2010 Invited member Committee on Environmental Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology, Second Term
2004–2007 Invited member Committee on Environmental Microbiology ‘American Society for Microbiology’
2001 Invited member National Science Foundation United States/Egypt Workshop on Microbial Ecology
2000 Member Environmental Protection Agency, FIFRA Science and Advisory Panel
2000 Invited member of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Committee on Development of Handling Protocols for Environmental Samples from Mars
1994 Chair, Soil Biology and Biochemistry Division of Soil Science Society of America
1983 CIBA-GEIGY Award—a National award for excellence in research and teaching

2009–Present  Director, National Science Foundation Water and Environmental Technology Center, The University of Arizona
2008–Present  Professor and Research Scientist, Community, Environment, and Policy, College of Public Health, The University of Arizona
2007–Present  Professor and Research Scientist, Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, The University of Arizona
2001–Present  Director, Environmental Research Laboratory, The University of Arizona
1999–2009  Director, National Science Foundation Water Quality Center, The University of Arizona.
1993–1998  Chair, Undergraduate Program in Environmental Science, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, The University of Arizona.
1993–Present  Investigator, Center for Toxicology, The University of Arizona.
1988–Present  Professor and Research Scientist, Departments of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, and Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Arizona.
1981–1988  Associate Professor and Associate Research Scientist, Departments of Soil and Water Science, and Microbiology, The University of Arizona.
1977–1981  Assistant Professor and Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Soil, Water and Engineering, The University of Arizona.
1975–1976  Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Washington State University.

 

Dr. Pepper is an environmental microbiologist whose research has focused on the fate and transport of pathogens in air, water, soils and municipal wastes. More recently he has investigated the potential for real-time detection of contaminants in water distribution systems. He also teaches a graduate level laboratory class on Environmental Microbiology, and an undergraduate class on Pollution Science. His latest adventure is the development of the Water and Energy Sustainable Technology Center (WEST), a new 22000 square foot laboratory complex which focuses on the water:energy nexus.

Books

2014 Pepper, I.L., C.P. Gerba, and T.J. Gentry. A Textbook of Environmental Microbiology, 3rd Edition.  Elsevier Science, San Diego, CA.

2008  Maier, R.M., I.L. Pepper, and C.P. Gerba.  A Textbook of Environmental Microbiology, 2nd Edition.  Elsevier Science, San Diego, CA.

2006  Pepper, I.L., C.P. Gerba and M.L. Brusseau.  Environmental and Pollution Science, 2nd Edition.  Elsevier Science/Academic Press.  San Diego, CA.

 

Refereed Journal Articles

2014 Kitajima, M., B.C. Iker, I.L. Pepper, and C.P. Gerba.  Relative abundance and treatment reduction of viruses during wastewater treatment processes — Identification of potential viral indicators. Sci. Total Environ.  Vol. 488-489, pp. 290-296.

2014 Sherchan, S., S.A. Snyder, C.P. Gerba, and I.L. Pepper. Inactivation of MS2 Coliphage by UV and Hydrogen Peroxide: Comparison by Cultural and Molecular Methodologies.  J. Env. Sci. Hlth., Part A.  49:397-403.

2014 Sherchan, S.P., S.A. Snyder, C.P. Gerba et al. Online monitoring of Escherichia coli and Bacillus thuringiensis spore inactivation after advanced oxidation treatment.  J. Env. Sci. Hlth. Part A.  49:933-939.

2013 Ajibode, O.J., Rock, C., Bright, K., Mclain, J.E.T., Gerba, C.P., and Pepper, I.L.  Influence of Residence Time of Reclaimed Water within Distribution Systems on Water Quality.  J. Wat. Reuse & Desalination. 3:185-196.

2013 Pepper, I.L. The Soil Health-Human Health Nexus. Crit. Rvw. Environ. Sci. & Technol.  43:2617-2652.

2013 Sherchan, S., C.P. Gerba, and I.L. Pepper. Evaluation of Real-Time Water Quality Sensors for the Detection of Intentional Spore Contamination of Potable Water. . J. Biosensors & Bioelectronics 4:141.

2013 Iker, B.C., Bright, K.R., Pepper, I.L., Gerba, C.P., Kitajima, M.  Evaluation of Commercial Kits for the Extraction and Purification of Viral Nucleic Acids from Environmental and Fecal Samples. J. Virol. Meth. 191(1):24-30.

2013 Miles, S.L., Sun, W., Field, J.A., Gerba, C.P., and Pepper, I.L. Survival of Infectious Prions During Anaerobic Digestion of Municipal Sewage Sludge and Lime Stabilization of Class B Biosolids.  J. Res. Sci. Technol. 10:69-85.

2013 Pepper, I.L., Zerzghi, H.G., Bengson, S.A., and Glenn, E.P.  Revegetation of Copper Mine Tailings through Land Application of Biosolids: Long-Term Monitoring.  Arid Land Res. Manag.  27:1-12.

2012 Brooks, J.P., McLaughlin, M.R., Gerba, C.P., and Pepper, I.L.  Land Application of Manure and Class B Biosolids: An Occupational and Public Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment.  J. Environ. Qual.  41:2009-2023.

2012 Pepper, I.L., Zerzghi, H.G., Bengson, S.A., Iker, B.C., Banerjee, M.J., and Brooks, J.P.  Bacterial Populations within Copper Mine Tailings: Long Term Effects of Amendment with Class
A Biosolids.  J. Appl. Microbiol.  113:569-577.

2012 Pepper, I.L., W.J. Arabasz, J.E. Cole, W.G. Ernst, L.F. Huenneke, T.H. Illangasekare, J-M.M. Rendu, and H. Thorleifson. International Science in the National Interest at the U.S. Geological Survey. National Research Council. The National Academies Press, Washington, DC.

2012 Williams, D.L., I.L. Pepper, and C.P. Gerba.  Survival of Ascaris ova in Desert Soils: A Risk Assessment.  J. Res. Sci. Technol.  9:151-157.