Organizers Ninth International Symposium on Subsurface Microbiology

ISSM 2014 would not be possible without the collaborative efforts of several dedicated organizations and the support and assistance of a great team of people.


ISSM 2014 is the ninth symposium in this series to be organized by the International Society for Subsurface Microbiology (Society). It is being administered by the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) in partnership with the Society.

About the Society

The International Society for Subsurface Microbiology (Society) is made up of microbiologists, ecologists, geoscientists, and other researchers around the world fascinated by the various aspects of subsurface microbiology, a rapidly expanding field that focuses on microbial life below the surface of the earth. ISSM logo The Society has organized numerous conferences on subsurface microbiology in locations as diverse as Germany, Japan, Wyoming, Florida, and England. These conferences are meant to showcase the latest technologies and research in subsurface microbiology, including microbial ecology. To learn more about the Society, please visit International Society for Subsurface Microbiology.

About NWRI

Since 1991, the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) — a science-oriented 501c3 nonprofit — has sponsored projects and programs to improve water quality, protect public health and the environment, and create safe, new sources of water. NWRI specializes in working with researchers across the country with the best available facilities, such as laboratories at universities and water agencies, and are guided by a Board of Directors made up of representatives of water and wastewater agencies in California. NWRI logo NWRI hosts the annual Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize, one of only a dozen prizes that awards scholarly and practical achievements in water research. To learn more about NWRI, please visit National Water Research Institute.


ISSM 2014 is the direct result of the vision and effort of the Conference Organizers, who submitted a proposal to the Society's International Committee to hold the conference in 2014, determined the conference venue, and made overarching decisions about conference management. The Organizers will serve a 3-year leadership position as President of the International Committee following the conference. The Organizers include:

Ron Harvey, U.S. Geological Survey

Ron Harvey

Ronald Harvey earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Stanford University in 1981. Following a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship, he led research efforts for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that focused on microbial transport and the ecology of granular, fractured-rock, and karst-limestone aquifers, first in Menlo Park, California (1982-1990), then in Boulder, Colorado (1991-present). He served as President of the International Society for Subsurface Microbiology from 2002-2005, co-organized the Fourth ISSM conference in Vail, Colorado (1999), and is a former chair of the Environmental (Q) Division of the American Society for Microbiology. Currently, he is a Senior Scientist in the National Research Program of the USGS, an affiliate faculty member at the University of Hawaii's Water Resources Research Center in Mañoa, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado.

Nathalie Tufenkji, McGill University

Nathalie Tufenkji

Nathalie Tufenkji is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McGill University, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Biocolloids and Surfaces. She also serves as Associate Director of the Brace Center for Water Resources Management at McGill and co-chaired the 85th ACS Colloids and Surface Science Symposium (2010), First International Conference on Microbial Transport and Survival in the Subsurface (2009), and International Conference on Assessing Pathogen Fate, Transport, and Risk in Natural and Engineered Water Treatment (2012). She also serves on the editorial boards of Environmental Science and Technology, Water Research, and Colloids and Surfaces B: Bionterface. Tufenkji earned an M.Sc. (2001) and Ph.D. (2005) in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from Yale University, where she worked on particle and pathogen transport in groundwater and riverbank environments.

organizers of ISSM 2008 in Japan

International Committee members at the 2008 ISSM Conference in Japan. Bottom Row (from left): Richard Smith, Kenji Kato, John Parkes, Jens Aamand, and Rick Colwell; Top Row (from left): Ron Harvey, Bill Ghiorse, Karsten Pedersen, Danielle Fortin, Hans-Jørgen Albrechtsen, and Rainer Meckenstock.

Local Organizing Committee

We are pleased to introduce our Local Organizing Committee (LOC), which assists the Conference Organizers and Conference Administrators in planning and facilitating ISSM 2014, including reviewing abstract submissions and serving as session chairs. The LOC for ISSM 2014 is made up of researchers and scientists throughout North America.

LOC Chair:
Ean Warren, U.S. Geological Survey

Ean Warren Ean Warren received a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz and a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering and Science from Stanford University. He has worked for the U.S. Geological Survey as a subsurface microbiologist since 1992, investigating how microbial populations affect the fate of anthropogenic contaminants in the environment. Warren's current research interests include the biodegradation rates of crude oil constituents. He is investigating how nutrients and organic carbon affect microbial populations and how these populations, in turn, affect degradation rates and aquifer temperatures. His laboratory uses various classic microbiological methods, like microbial number determinations in growth media and in situ and laboratory microcosms, molecular biology techniques, and analytical chemistry, to determine microbial numbers and degradation rates.

LOC Members:

  • Alexandria Boehm, Stanford University
  • Monica Emelko, University of Waterloo
  • Roseanne Ford, University of Virginia
  • Ron Harvey, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Tori Hoehler, NASA
  • Menu Leddy, Orange County Water District
  • David Metge, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Jeff Mosher, National Water Research Institute
  • Chittaranjan Ray, University of Hawaii at Mañoa
  • Tim Scheibe, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Nathalie Tufenkji, McGill University

International Committee

The International Committee is made up of world-renown experts in subsurface microbiology. They are key partners in promoting the conference internationally and providing technical support.

  • President Kenji Kato, Shizuoka University, Japan
  • Jens Aamand, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Denmark
  • Hans-Jørgen Albrechtsen, Technical University of Denmark
  • Murray Close, Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), New Zealand
  • Frederick Colwell, Oregon State University, USA
  • Danielle Fortin, Ottawa University, Canada
  • William Ghiorse, Cornell University, USA
  • Ron Harvey, U.S. Geological Survey, USA
  • Rainer Meckenstock, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
  • Tamara Nazina, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • R. John Parkes, University of Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Karsten Pedersen, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Richard Smith, U.S. Geological Survey, USA
  • Joseph Suflita, University of Oklahoma, USA

International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board is a subset to the International Committee and consists of the organizers of the last four ISSM conferences. They provide helpful advice on session topics, conference logistics, and other key aspects of organizing ISSM 2014.

  • Frederick Colwell, Oregon State University, USA
  • Jens Aamand, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Denmark
  • Kenji Kato, Shizuoka University, Japan
  • Rainer Meckenstock, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany

Conference Administrators

The day-to-day planning and administrative aspects of ISSM 2014 are being managed by the National Water Research Institute, a nonprofit focused on water research and education. The following staff members have been instrumental: