Brian S. Burnes, Ph.D.
 

Associate Professor of Biology
Station 7
Bibb Graves 108C
(205) 652-3442
bburnes@uwa.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Applied Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2000
B.S., Applied Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1993
Employment Date: Fall 2008
Professional Biography:

Brian S. Burnes (Ph.D. Applied Biology 2000, Georgia Institute of Technology) has been teaching biology and studying microbial pollution for over 10 years. He served as the Senior Microbiologist at Soil and Environmental Testing Laboratories in Atlanta, GA, then as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Judson College in Marion, AL. He has been active in Alabama Water Watch, the Alabama Clean Water Partnership, and the Alabama Academy of Sciences, where he is a Trustee and 2nd Vice President. He has recently directed water quality monitoring projects with ADEM, the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee, and, most recently, the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Dr. Burnes currently teaches microbiology and genetics at The University of West Alabama.

Classes usually taught: BY 103, BY 242, BY 380
Additional UWA Assignments: Faculty Senate
Committees: Fulbright Scholars Committee
Academic / Research Interests:

My research interests are in the field of Microbial ecology. Although microbes are ubiquitous and abundant, much remains to be revealed about their diversity and function in various habitats. Surface water habitats have been the focus of my recent research, in which the phenotypic patterns of microbes (E.coli antibiotic resistance profiles) are analyzed to determine potential sources of pollution.

Current Projects:

"Identifying Sources of Pathogen Contamination in Upper Fish River, Baldwin County, Alabama"

Recent Publications:

Burnes, B. 2009. "Determining sources of E. coli pollution in Crooked Creek, Alabama." J Al Acad Sci. In press.

Recent Presentations:

Burnes, Brian. "Host Origin Analysis of Fecal Microbes." Invited speaker at 20th Annual Onsite Sewage Treatment & Disposal Conference, Auburn, Alabama, 14 January, 2009.
Burnes, Brian. "You can't get there from here: Tales of nonpoint source tracking." Invited speaker at ADEM Nonpoint Source Conference, Montgomery, Alabama, 20 January, 2009.

Cupit, Stephen Anthony and Brian Burnes. "Sensitivity of Staphylococcus aureus to penicillin and ampicillin." Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Alabama Academy of Sciences, Livingston, Alabama, 26 March, 2009.

Jackson, Molly L. and Brian Burnes. "Survey of soil microbes of the Black Belt region of Alabama." Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Alabama Academy of Sciences, Livingston, Alabama, 26 March, 2009.

Turner, Michael, Justin Kelley, and Brian Burnes. "Study of protists in the Alabama, Apalachicola, Choctawhatchee, Tennessee, and Tombigbee Rivers." Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Alabama Academy of Sciences, Livingston, Alabama, 26 March, 2009.

Recent Grants:

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program Grant Co-Recipient with Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Identifying Sources of Pathogen Contamination in Upper Fish River, Baldwin County, AL, $48,000

Other recent notable works:

Local Arrangements Chairperson for Alabama Academy of Science Annual Meeting
Board of Trustees, Alabama Academy of Science
2nd Vice President, Alabama Academy of Science
Reviewer for Journal of Biotech Research
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Inductee