Dr. Joshua Steele

Joshua Steele is a microbiologist who specializes in environmental microbiology and microbial ecology, including cultivation-independent tracking of pathogens and natural microorganisms in the coastal ocean and watersheds. He received his B.S. in molecular biology in 2000 from the University of California, San Diego and his Ph.D. in biological oceanography in 2010 from the University of Southern California. Dr. Steele joined SCCWRP in January 2014. His current research focuses on development and application of molecular techniques to detect and track pathogenic bacteria and viruses, to determine their viability and infectivity, and to link them to beachgoer risk using statistical models. He specializes in detecting microbes of emerging concern in coastal waters, employing next-generation sequencing to connect the environmental microbiome and antibiotic resistome to water quality and ecosystem health, and applying bioinformatics tools in environmental assessment.

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E-mail: joshuas@sccwrp.org
Phone: (714) 755-3218
Address: 3535 Harbor Blvd., Suite 110, Costa Mesa, CA 92626