Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
Ph.D., Bacterial Genetics, University of Queensland, Australia, 2000;
B.S. Hons., Microbiology, University of Queensland, Australia, 1995
Rad's research interests focus on the role of soil microbial communities in carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling, and building and maintaining soil structure. He is particularly interested in the contrasting effects of conventional versus conservation agricultural practices such as till/no till, cover cropping, and the use of composts and manures on microbial communities and the ecological services they provide. He also studies the microbes involved in bioremediation of soils and groundwater contaminated by gasoline, diesel, fuel oxygenates and other additives.