School of Engineering



Applying tools, theory and mathematics to biological wastewater treatment systems.

We are developing alternate approaches for the design and operation of all types of biological wastewater treatment systems. To do this, we are focusing on the application of molecular biological tools, ecological theory and mathematics.

Project leaders

  • Professor Ian Head
  • Professor Tom Curtis
  • Professor David Graham

Project details

The project includes the following research themes:

  • assessing relationships among system size, biodiversity and operational stability in wastewater treatment units
  • studying physical, chemical and ecological factors that influence community assembly in biofilms and flocs in bioreactors
  • examining resource-supply and controls on the selection of organisms for efficient nutrient cycling and exclusion of nuisance organisms
  • evaluating community biodiversity and biogeography as related to the fate and effects of low-level bioactive compounds in environmental systems