Scott Meschke

Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences
Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Chair, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences

4225 Roosevelt Way NE
Box 354695
Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98195-


Research Interests

Development of methods for detection of viruses and bacteria in water and food. Environmental surveillance for viruses. Market prevalence of foodborne pathogens. Recovery of bacterial and viruses from surfaces. Freshwater toxic cyanobacteria blooms. Viruses of anaerobic digesters. Microbiological quality of produce. Irrigation and produce wash water quality. Bioaerosol sampling. Quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA). Health and environmental co-benefits of adaptive responses to climate impacts. Infection control. Indicators of fecal contamination. Comparative adsorption of enteric viruses in soil and groundwater. Phage ecology. Survival and persistence of pathogenic microorganisms. Impact of CAFOs on microbiological quality of water, soil, and vegetation. Alternative methods of water and wastewater disinfection. Surface disinfection. Biosafety. Mathematical models for exposure assessment. Policy implications of infectious agents. Poliovirus eradication.


JD Law, University of Kansas, 1993

PhD Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina, 2001

MS Environmental Science, Indiana University, 1996

BS Biology, University of Kansas, 1991

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