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Ronald Harvey

The U.S. Geological Survey
United States Virgin Islands


Ronald Harvey earned his PhD in Environmental Sciences from Stanford in 1981. Following an NRC postdoctoral fellowship, he conducted research for USGS National Research Program in Menlo Park, CA (1982-1990) and in Boulder, CO (1991-present). From 2002 to 2005 he served as the first president of the International Society for Subsurface Microbiology (ISSM). He is a former chair of the Environmental (Q) Division of the American Society for Microbiology and is an adjunct professor in Environmental Engineering at the Univ. Colorado. His research focuses on subsurface microbial transport and ecology. He has authored/co-authored over 100 papers in his field. Field studies involve microbial transport and ecology of granular, fractured-rock, and karst-limestone aquifers throughout the country.

Research Interest

aquatic ecosystems estuarine ecosystems freshwater ecosystems groundwater quality contamination and pollution


  • Wang, D., Bradford, S.A., Harvey, R.W., Hao, X., and Zhou, D., 2012, Effect of ionic strength on the transport of ARS-labeled hydroxyapatite nanoparticles in saturated granular media in the presence of humic acid. J. Hazard. Mat. 230:170-176.

  • Haack, S.K., Metge, D.W., Fogarty, L.R., Meyer, M.T., Barber, L.B., Harvey, R.W., LeBlanc, D.R. & Kolpin, D.W., 2012, Effects on groundwater microbial communities to 30-day in-situ exposure to the antibiotic sulfamethoxazole. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46:7478-7486

  • Bradford, S.A., Morales, V.L., Zhang, W., Harvey, R.W., Packman, A.I., Mohanram, A., and Welty, C., 2013, Transport and fate of microbial pathogens in agricultural settings. Crit. Rev. Environ. Sci. Technol. 43:775-893.

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