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Name: Charles Somerville
Title: Associate Professor
Office: Biological Science/COS
Phone: 304-696-2424
Email: somervil@marshall.edu
Expert: bacterial water quality bioindicators, biodegradation & bioremediation of chemical wastes
 
Achievements

Research Based:
 
Funded Projects:
Biodegradation of Chlorinated Ethenes in Mixed Waste Streams. Army Research Office, Department of Defense EPSCoR Program - $410,913.

West Virginia Blueprint for Science and Technology. National Science Foundation EPSCoR Program - $153,087.
 
 
Presentations:
Somerville, C.C. and L.M. Smith. 2003. A Novel Water Quality Bioindicator Based on Enumeration of Antibiotic Resistant and Fecal Coliform Bacteria. 103rd General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, 18-22 May, Washington, D.C.

Somerville, C.C. 2003. The Marshall University Freshwater Institute. US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington Office. 7 May, Huntington, WV.

Somerville, C.C. 2003. Coupled enumeration of coliforms and antibiotic resistant bacteria as a bioindicator of water quality. ASB Bulletin 50:153-154.

Johnson, A.N., and C.C. Somerville. 2003. Gene flow between sub-populations of Aneides aeneus in the WestVâco Wildlife and Ecological Research Forest. ASB Bulletin 50:160-161.

Smith, L.M., and C.C. Somerville. 2003. Antibiotic resistant and fecal coliform bacteria in the Ohio River belong to distinct microbial populations. ASB Bulletin 50:173.

Somerville, C.C., L.M. Smith, and A.N. Johnson. 2003. Coupled enumeration of fecal coliforms and antibiotic resistance as a bioindicator of water quality. Mid-Atlantic Water Pollution and Biology Workshop. 26-28 March, Cacapon State Park, Berkeley Springs, WV.

Somerville, C.C. and A.N. Johnson. 2003. Biodegradation of Chlorinated Ethenes in Mixed Waste Streams. Army Research Office Biosciences Workshop. 27 - 30 April, Cashiers, NC.

Somerville, C.C. 2002. Environmental Microbiology: at the intersection of ecology, molecular biology, public health, and bioinformatics. Marshall University Chapter of Sigma Xi, 2001-2002 Researcher of the Year Seminar, 21 November, Huntington, WV.

Somerville, C.C. 2002. Tracking the Sources and Distribution of Medically Important Bacteria in Surface Waters. Invited Lecture to the West Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Society. 29 May, Flatwoods, WV.

Somerville, C.C. 2002. Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in the Ohio River: are they Good Indicators of Environmental Impact? Invited Seminar, Thomas More College. 21 February, Crestview Hills, KY.

Somerville, C.C. 2001. Biodegradation of Chlorinated Ethenes in Mixed Waste Streams. Army Research Office Biosciences Workshop. 30 April - 2 May, Cashiers, NC.

Somerville, C.C. 2001. Biodegradation of Chlorinated Ethenes. First Annual Microbiology Mini-Symposium. United States Military Academy. 27 April, West Point, NY.

Somerville, C.C. 2000. Starved Bacteria Have Altered Resistance to Antimicrobial Agents. Howard University U*STAR Program. 21 January 2000, Washington, DC.

Somerville, C.C. 1998. Biodegradation of Aromatic Compounds: the Evolution of Aromatic Ring Dioxygenases. Annual Meeting of the Ohio/Allegheny/Kentucky-Tennessee Branch of the American Society for Microbiology. 24-25 April 1998, Columbus, OH.

Somerville, C.C. 1998. Sometimes a LUST can be a good thing: Taking advantage of mixed waste streams for environmental restoration. Monthly Meeting of the Local Chapter of the American Chemical Society. 4 March 1998, Huntington, WV.

& Becvar. E. S. K. (1997). Bioremediation of synthetic chemicals as a consequence of growth on petroleum hydrocarbons. Paper presented at the 214th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Las Vegas, NV.

(1998, April 24-25). Biodegradation of aromatic compounds: The evolution of aromatic ring dioxygenases. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Ohio/Allegheny/Kentucky-Tennessee Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, Columbus, OH.

Davis, J. K., Somerville, C. C., & Spain, J C. (1996). Cloning of hydroxy-laminobenzene mutase from Pseudomonas pseudoalcaligenes JS45. Paper presented at the 96th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, New Orleans, LA.

& Spain, J. C. (1996). Purification of a novel nitroreductase from Pseudomonas pseudoalcaligenes JS45. Paper presented at the 96th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, New Orleans, LA.

Haigler, B. E., Somerville, C.C., Spain, J.C., & Jain, R .K. (1997). Sequence analysis differences between the 2,4-dinitrotoluene degrading genes of Burkholderia sp. Strain R34 and strain DNT. Paper presented at the 97th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Miami Beach, Florida.

Davis, J. K., Somerville, C.C., & Spain, J. C. (1997). Pseudomonas pseudoalcaligenes JS45 possesses two genes encoding hydroxylaminobenzene mutase. Paper presented at the 97th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Miami Beach, Florida.
 
 
Proceedings:
& Becvar, E .S .K. (1997). Bioremediation of synthetic chemicals as a consequence of growth on petroleum hydrocarbons. Preprints of Symposia Division of Fuel Chemistry, 214th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, 42 (pp. 807-812). Las Vegas, NV.
 

Professional/Community Based Service:
 
Community Service:
Vice-Chair, Board of Directors of the Friends of West Virginia Public Radio.

Strategic Planning Retreat, WV Educational Broadcasting Authority, 6-7 September 2002.
 
 
Professional Service:
Invited Reviewer, US Geological Survey National Institutes for Water Resources. April 2003.

Judge, West Virginia State Science and Technology Fair, 29 March 2003.

Invited Reviewer, River Research and Applications, 2003.

Invited Reviewer, Am. Soc. for Microbiol. Undergraduate Research Fellowships, February 2003.

Judge, Fairland High School Science Fair, 28 February, 2003.

Session Coordinator, Microbiology and the Ohio River. 18th Annual Scientific Symposium of the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education, Northern Kentucky University, 2002.

Invited Reviewer, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 2002.

Invited Reviewer, Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology - Aqua, 2002.

Invited Reviewer, Environmental Science and Technology, 2002.

Invited Reviewer, The Philippine Scientist, 2002.

Judge, West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair, 6 April 2002.

Invited Reviewer, Faculty Promotions Committee, US Military Academy, 2002.

Judge, Fairland High School Science Fair, 1 March 2002.

Invited Reviewer, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 2001.

Invited Reviewer, Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences, 2001.

Invited Reviewer, Environmental Science and Technology, 2001.

Invited Reviewer, TheScientificWorld, 2001.

Invited Reviewer, Archives of Microbiology, 2001.

Invited Reviewer, US Civilian Research and Development Foundation, 2001.

Invited Reviewer, Army Research Office, 2001.

Invited Reviewer, The National Institutes for Water Resources - USGS Proposal Review, 2001.

Symposium Planning Committee, 16th Annual Scientific Symposium of the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education, Huntington, WV, 2000.

Symposium Convener, 16th Annual Scientific Symposium of the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education, Huntington, WV, 2000.

Invited Reviewer, Army Research Office, 2000

Invited Reviewer, The National Institutes for Water Resources - USGS Proposal Review, 2000

Invited Reviewer, Environmental Science and Technology, 2000

Marshall Trustee to the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education, 1998 - present.

Invited Reviewer, Environmental Science and Technology, 1998

Invited Reviewer, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 1998
 

Awards:
 

Researcher of the Year, 2001-2002, Marshall University Chapter of Sigma-Xi

Phi Eta Sigma Fabulous Faculty Award, 2001

Nominated for Marshall Reynolds Outstanding Professor Award, 2001

Nominated for Gamma Beta Phi Outstanding Professor Award, 2001.

Nominated for Gamma Beta Phi Outstanding Professor Award, 2000.

Nominated for Pickens-Queen Teacher Award for 1999-2000.

Nominated for Gamma Beta Phi Outstanding Professor Award, 1999.

College of Science Merit Award, 1998-1999.

Faculty Merit Award, 1998 – 1999.

Nominated for Pickens-Queen Teacher Award for 1998-1999.
 

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