We conduct research in environmental microbiology with a focus on two broad areas. The first is related to the role that microorganisms play in maintaining the function of natural and engineered ecosystems. Specifically, we are interested in how environmental factors shape patterns of microbial diversity and how such changes in diversity affect important processes such as nutrient cycling. Our second area of research is related to microbial transport and water quality, with a specific focus on the fate and transport of pathogens and fecal indicators at the watershed scale. By combining new methods in environmental genomics with traditional culture-based techniques we seek to gain new insights into these important dynamics in a variety of habitats. We also strive to develop highly collaborative and interdisciplinary projects, working with a variety of colleagues from ecology, engineering, agriculture, chemistry, and public health.

Brian Badgley is an Assistant Professor in the Crop & Soil Environmental Sciences Department at Virginia Tech.