St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
For the Joint USGS/USEPA Pathogens in Soils Geographic Information Systems Project, the USGS and USEPA collaborated on studies to determine background concentrations of select pathogens in soils of the contiguous U.S. and the influences of geochemistry, weather and climate on these populations. Methods for collection, detection and GIS modeling were developed for use in prospective and retroactive investigations. Read more in the Project Overview.
Development of a sampling protocol for bacterial pathogens in surface soil
USGS and USEPA collaborated on a protocol to describes the activities and considerations for the collection of bacterial pathogens from representative surface soil samples for (1) assessing background levels or other typical analytical activities and (2) in response to known or suspected contamination events.
Method Development for Bacillus anthracis analyses
The USGS and USEPA collaborated to make improvements in processing and analytical methods for detection of B. anthracis spores in soil.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) model development
Development of a GIS web based model for the use in determining environments that support the survival of select pathogens and areas that may be more prone to naturally occurring outbreaks. Click to view interactive model.
Assessing the potential for Bacillus spore transport from an indoor release to external environments - Biosecurity and Bioterrorism