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Biological treatment; hazardous wastes
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Dept of Environmental Sciences
Dr. Strom’s research has focused on the microbial ecology of the biological treatment of wastes. This has included work on activated sludge and rotating biological contactors (RBCs) for wastewaters; nitrification in wastewater treatment; enhanced biological phosphorus removal; composting of municipal solid waste, sludges, and yard wastes; bioremediation of oil, creosote, polychlorinated biphenyl, and trichloroethylene contaminated soils; biofiltration to remove contaminants (including ammonia, ethylene, and methane) from gas streams; and the rational application of genetic engineering in waste treatment (field application vectors). He has also worked on surface water pollution issues, including total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), especially relating to nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus), and stormwater characterization, especially from outdoor recycling facilities. In addition to introductory level courses for majors (11:375:201 Biological Principles of Environmental Science) and non-majors (11:375:101 Intro to Environmental Science), Peter currently teaches advanced courses in Biological Waste Treatment (16:375:531) and Hazardous Waste Management (11:375:430 and 16:375:530).