Marc Verhougstraete is an assistant professor at the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, the co-director of the Environment, Exposure Science and Risk Assessment Center (ESRAC), and a visiting scientist at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Prior to arriving at The University of Arizona, Dr. Verhougstraete studied at Michigan State University and was a post-doctor research associate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Dr. Verhougstraete's research has focused on environmental microbiology and water quality. To this aspect, Marc's focus is primarily on understanding the sources, occurrence, and transport of waterborne pathogens using fecal indicator organisms and molecular source tracking. Marc's research interests also include the integration of microbial water quality with hydrological catchment dynamics, landscape patterns, and Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment to improve environmental management that protect human and ecosystem health. Recent efforts investigate irrigation water quality in rural Arizona. In all aspects of research, his primary objectives are to prevent human exposure to pathogenic organisms through increased scientific understanding of complex environments using a multifaceted toolbox approach.