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Terry J. Gentry

Gentry, Terry J.
Terry J. Gentry
550A Heep Center
Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2003

Specialty:Soil & Aquatic Microbiology


My research focuses on the development and use of molecular technologies to enhance the detection and remediation of environmental contamination. This includes the detection and identification of microbial pathogens from animal, human, and natural sources and also the characterization of microbial populations and communities contributing to applied remediation processes such as the bioremediation of organic and metal contaminants.


I currently teach an upper-level undergraduate course in Soil and Water Microbiology (SCSC 405) each Fall and Spring semester and a graduate course in Environmental Microbiology (SCSC 637) every other year.

Support Staff and Students

John Boswell | Leah Ellman | Johan Desrochers | Brian Hux | Charis Kehrer | Abdurrahman Masrahi | Mark McDonald | Maitreyee Mukherjee | Mesut Ozdemir | Shweta Priya | Marie Schirmacher

Courses Taught
SCSC 405. Soil and Water Microbiology. Discussion of the roles of soil and water microorganisms in the sustainability and productivity of various ecosystems with specific emphasis on plant-microbial interactions, nutrient cycling, degradation of pesticides and other xenobiotics, generation of trace gases, and soil and water quality. The laboratory portion of the course reinforces these concepts and provides hands-on experience with current techniques in soil and water microbiology.
SCSC 637 – Environmental Microbiology. Microbial diversity and interactions in various environments with emphasis on soil and freshwater systems. Molecular methods for detection and characterization of indigenous and introduced microorganisms. Environmental sources and fate of pathogens. Biotechnological applications of environmental microorganisms.