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The CBBG team has several individual publications, as well as co-authored publications within the team. This past success will be leveraged and increased to include over 40 key faculty members across four partner universities.

The following are some of the publications authored and co-authored by members of the CBBG team:

  1. Al-Aqtash, U. and Bandini, P. (2014). Prediction of unsaturated shear strength of an adobe soil from the soil-water characteristic curve. Construction and Building Materials. In review.
  2. Al-Aqtash, U., Bandini, P., and Cooper, S. (2017). Effect of moisture on the out-of-plane lateral strength of residential adobe masonry walls. EARTH USA 2017 (Ninth International Conference on Architecture and Construction with Earthen Materials).
  3. Anderson C.M., Gomez, M.G., DeJong, J.T., and Nelson, D.C. (2016). Effect of Cementation on Cone Penetrometer Measurements. ASCE GeoSeis Conference, Phoenix Arizona, February 2016.
  4. Bandini, P. and Olague-Caballero, R.I. (2012). Compressibility of cemented sands of semiarid environment. Revista International de Desastres Naturales, Accidentes e Infraestructura Civil Vol. 12(1): 35-41 (In Spanish).
  5. Bernardi, D., DeJong, J., Montoya, B., and Martinez, B. (2014). Bio-bricks: Biologically cemented sandstone bricks. Construction and Building Materials 55:462-469.
  6. Bianchini, A., and Bandini, P. (2010). Prediction of pavement performance through neuro-fuzzy reasoning. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering – An International Journal Vol. 25(1): 39-54.
  7. Cho, H., Hyun, J.-H., You, O., Kim, M., Kim, S-H., Choi, D-L., Green, S. J., and Kostka, J.E. 2016. Microbial community structure associated with biogeochemical processes in the sulfate-methane transition zone (SMTZ) of gas hydrate-bearing sediment of the Ulleung Basin, East Sea, Geomicrobiology Journal, DOI:10.1080/01490451.2016.1159767.
  8. DeJong, J.T., Burrall, M., Wilson, D.W., and Frost, J.D. (In Press). “A Bio-Inspired Perspective for Geotechnical Engineering Innovation”, ASCE GeoFrontiers 2017.
  9. DeJong, J.T. and Kavazanjian, E., Jr. (2016). Sustainable Biogeotechnics. Proceedings from NSF Workshop on Geotechnical Fundamentals in the Face of New World Challenges, Washington, D.C., July 17-19, 2016.
  10. DeJong, J., Mortensen, B., and Martinez, B. (2007). Bio-soils interdisciplinary science and engineering initiative, NSF final report for Grant #CMS-0628782. p 85.
  11. DeJong, J., Proto, C., Kuo, M., and Gomez, M. (2014). Bacteria, biofilms, and invertebrates: the next generation of geotechnical engineers? In Geo-Congress 2014 (American Society of Civil Engineers), pp 3959-3968.
  12. DeJong, J.T., Fritzges, M.B., and Nesslein, K. (2006). Microbially induced cementation to control sand response to undrained shear. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering 132(11):1381-1392.
  13. DeJong, J.T, Mortensen, B.M., Martinez, B.C., and Nelson, D.C. (2010). Bio-mediated soil improvement.Ecological Engineering 36(2):197-210.
  14. DeJong, J.T., Soga, K.S., Kavazanjian, E., Burns, S., van Paassen, L., Al Qabany, A., Aydilek, A., Bang, S.S., Burbank, M., Caslake, L., Chen, C.Y., Cheng, X., Chu, J., Ciurli, S., Fauriel, S., Filet, A.E., Hamdan, N., Hata, T., Inagaki, Y., Jefferis, S., Kuo, M., Laloui, L., Larrahondo, J., Manning, D.A.C., Martinez, B., Montoya, B.M., Nelson, D.C., Palomino, A., Renforth, P., Santamarina, J.C., Seagren, E.A., Tanyu, B., Tsesarsky, M., and Weaver, T. (2013). “Biogeochemical processes and geotechnical applications: progress, opportunities, and challenges,” Geotechnique, Vol. 63, No. 4, pp. 287-301.
  15. DeJong, J.T., Waller, J., Gomez, M., Viggiani, G., Influence of Bio-Cementation on Shearing Behavior of Sand using X-ray Computed Tomography, ASCE GeoFrontiers Conference 2017.
  16. Delgado, A.G., Fajardo-Williams, D., Popat, S.C., Torres, C.I., and Krajmalnik-Brown, R. (2014). Production of Dehalococcoides in a continuous flow stirred-tank reactor coupling high-cell densities to fast rates of trichloroethene dechlorination. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 98, 6: 2729-2737. DOI 10.1007/s00253-013-5263-5
  17. Delgado, A.G., Parameswaran, P., Fajardo-Williams, D., Halden, R, and Krajmalnik-Brown, R. (2012). Role of bicarbonate as a pH buffer and electron sink in microbial dechlorination of chloroethenes. Microbial Cell Factories, 13; 11(1):128.
  18. Diaz-Rodriguez, J.A., Antonio-Izarras, V.M., Bandini, and Lopez-Molina, J.A. (2008). Cyclic strength of a natural liquefiable sand stabilized with colloidal silica grout. Canadian Geotechnical Journal Vol. 45: 1345-1355
  19. Dung, T., Bawazir, A.S., Shukla, M.K., and Bandini, P. (2011). Some hydraulic and wicking properties of St. Cloud zeolite and zeolite-soil mixtures. Applied Engineering in Agriculture Vol. 27(6): 955-967
  20. Espinoza D.N. and Santamarina J.C. (2010). Ant tunneling – a granular media perspective. Granular Matter12(6):607-616.
  21. Frost, J.D., (2016), “The Evolving Role of Materials in Infrastructure Systems”, Proceedings of Civil Engineering Research in Ireland Conference, Galway, pp. 31-36.
  22. Frost, J.D., Martinez, A., Mallett, S., Roozbahani, M. and DeJong, J.T., “The Intersection of Modern Soil Mechanics with Ants and Roots”, ASCE GeoFrontiers Conference 2017.
  23. Frost, J.D., Roozbahani, M.M., Martinez, A., Jackson, K., Leonard, L., Yamamoto, K., and Jones, M., (2017), “Biologically-Inspired Insights Into Soil Arching and Tunnel Stability from Topology of Ant Nests”, in press for publication in Proceedings of 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Seoul, Korea.
  24. Frost, J.D., Roozbahani, M.M., Peralta, A.F., Mallett, S.D., and Hanumasagar, S.S., (2017), “The Evolving Role of Materials in Geotechnical Infrastructure Systems”, in press for publication in Journal of Structural Integrity and Maintenance, Special Issue, Taylor & Francis.
  25. Garcia-Pena, E. I., Parameswaran, P., Kang, D. W., Canul-Chan, M., and Krajmalnik-Brown, R. (2011). Anaerobic digestion and co-digestion process of vegetable and fruit residues”: Process and microbial ecology. Bioresource Technology 102:9447–9455.
  26. Gomez, M., Anderson, C., Graddy, C., DeJong, J.T., Nelson, D. and Ginn, T., “Large-Scale Comparison of Bioaugmentation and Biostimulation Approaches for Biocementation of Sands”,Geotech. Geoenviron. Eng., 2017, 143(5): -1—1 (printed online, hard copy forthcoming).
  27. Gomez, M., DeJong, J., Anderson, C., Nelson, D., and Graddy, C. (2016). Large-Scale Bio-Cementation Improvement of Sands. Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Congress 2016: pp. 941-949.
  28. Hamdan, N., and Kavazanjian, E., Jr. (2015). “Enzyme Induced Carbonate Mineral Precipitation for Fugitive Dust Control.” Géotechnique 66(7), 546-555.
  29. Hamdan, N., Kavazanjian, E., Jr. and O’Donnell, S. (2015). Biogeotechnical Mitigation of Earthquake-Induced Soil Liquefaction by Denitrification: A Two-Stage Process. Conference Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, November 1, 2015, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  30. Hamdan, N., Kavazanjian, E., Jr., and Rittmann, B.E. (2011). “Sequestration of Radionuclide and Metal Contaminants through Microbially-Induced Carbonate Precipitation,” Proceedings of the 14th Pan American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Toronto, Canada, 2-6 October.
  31. Hamdan, N., Kavazanjian, E., Jr., and Rittmann, B.E. (2013). “Carbonate Cementation via Plant Derived Urease,” Proceeding of the 18th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering,Paris, France, 2-5 September.
  32. Hamdan, N., Kavazanjian, E., Jr., Rittmann, B.E., and Karatas, I. (2011). “Carbonate Mineral Precipitation for Soil Improvement through Microbial Denitrification,” Proceedings of GeoFrontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering, ASCE, GSP 211, pp. 3925-3934.
  33. Hamdan, N., Kavazanjian, E. Jr., Rittmann, B.E., and Karatas, I. (2016). “Carbonate Mineral Precipitation for Soil Improvement through Microbial Denitrification”, accepted for publication, Geomicrobiology, 10.1080/01490451.2016.1154117.
  34. Hamdan, N., Zhao, Z., Mujica, M., Kavazanjian, E., Jr., and He, X. (2016). Hydrogel-assisted Enzyme Induced Carbonate Mineral Precipitation. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering., 110.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0001604.
  35. Karatas, I., Kavazanjian, E, Jr., and Rittmann, B. (2008). Microbially induced precipitation of calcite using Pseudomonas denitrificans. in Proceedings of 1st International Conference on Bio-Geo-Civil Engineering (Delft, The Netherlands), pp 58-66.
  36. Kavazanjian, E., Jr. and Hamdan, N. (2014). “Enzyme induced carbonate precipitation (EICP) columns for ground improvement.” Proc. of the 2015 ASCE Geo-Institute GeoCongress, San Antonio, Texas.
  37. Kavazanjian, E., Jr. and O’Donnell, S.T. (2014). Mitigation of earthquake-induced liquefaction via microbial denitrification: A two-phase process. Submitted for publication, Proc. of the 2015 ASCE Geo-Institute GeoCongress, San Antonio, Texas.
  38. Kavazanjian, E., Jr., O’Donnell, S.T., and Hamdan, N.  (2015). Biogeotechnical Mitigation of Earthquake-Induced Soil Liquefaction by Denitrification:  A Two-Stage Process. Conference Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, November 1-4, 2015, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  39. Kavazanjian, E., Jr., Iglesias, E., and Karatas, I. (2009). Biopolymer soil stabilization for wind erosion control. inProceedings of the 17th International Conference on Soil Mechanics Geotechnical Engineering (Alexandria, Virginia), pp 881-884.
  40. Kavazanjian, E., Jr. and Karatas, I. (2008). “Microbiological Improvement of the Physical Properties of Soil,” Symposium to Honor James K. Mitchell, Proceedings of the. 6th International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO (on CD ROM).
  41. Kendall, A., Raymond, A., Tipton, J. and DeJong, J.T. (In Press). “Life cycle environmental assessments of geotechnical systems”, Engineering Sustainability.
  42. Krajmalnik-Brown, R., et al. (2004). Genetic identification of a putative vinyl chloride reductase in Dehalococcoides sp. strain BAV1. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 70(10):6347-6351.
  43. Krajmalnik-Brown, R., Sung, Y., Ritalahti, K.M., Michael Saunders, F., & Loffler, F.E. (2007). Environmental distribution of the trichloroethene reductive dehalogenase gene (tceA) suggests lateral gene transfer among Dehalococcoides. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 59(1):206-214.
  44. Krajmalnik-Brown, R., Halden, R., Delgado, A., Ziv-El, M. Microbial Cultures and Methods for Anaerobic Bioremediation. International patent WO2011011683A1, and national patent US20120178147 A1 application.
  45. Martinez, A., and Frost, J.D., (2017), “Numerical Comparison of Vane Shear and Torsional Interface Shear Tests”, in press for publication in Proceedings of 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Seoul, Korea.
  46. Martinez, B., DeJong, J., and Ginn, T. (2014). Bio-geochemical reactive transport modeling of microbial induced calcite precipitation to predict the treatment of sand in one-dimensional flow. Computers and Geotechnics58:1-13.
  47. Mitchell, J.K. and Santamarina, J.C. (2005). Biological considerations in geotechnical engineering. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering 131(10):1222-1233.
  48. Montoya, B. and Dejong, J. (2013). Healing of biologically induced cemented sands. Geotechnique Letters3:147-151.
  49. Mortensen, B., Haber, M., DeJong, J., Caslake, L., and Nelson, D. (2011). Effects of environmental factors on microbial induced calcium carbonate precipitation. Journal of Applied Microbiology 111(2):338-349.
  50. Mostafazadeh-Fard, S., Samani, Z., and Bandini, P. (2017). Production of Liquid Organic Fertilizer through Anaerobic Digestion of Grass Clippings. Waste and Biomass Valorization.
  51. O’Donnell, S.T., Hamdan, N., Rittmann, B.E., Kavazanjian, E., Jr. (2016). “A Stoichiometric Model for Biogeotechnical Soil Improvement.” Conference Proceedings of Geo-Chicago 2016 on Sustainability, Energy, and the Geoenvironment, August 14-18, 2016.
  52. O’Donnell, S.T. and Kavazanjian, E., Jr. (2015). Stiffness and Dilatancy Improvements in Uncemented Sands Treated through MICP. J. Geotech. Geoenviron. Eng., 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001407.
  53. Ontiveros-Valencia, A., Tang, Y., Krajmalnik-Brown, R., and Rittmann, B.E. (2014). Managing the interactions between sulfate- and perchlorate-reducing bacteria when treating highly perchlorate-contaminated groundwater with hydrogen-fed biofilms. Water Research. 55: 215-224.
  54. Ontiveros-Valencia, A., Ilhan, Z. E., Kang, D.-W., Rittmann, B., and Krajmalnik-Brown, R. (2013). Phylogenetic analysis of nitrate and sulfate reducing bacteria in a hydrogen-fed membrane biofilm reactor. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 85(1):158-167. 
  55. Ornelas, A.*, Savenye, W., Sadauskas, J. D., Houston, S., Zapata, C., and Ramirez, E. (2013). An engineering and educational technology team approach to introducing new unsaturated soils mechanics material into introductory undergraduate geotechnical engineering courses: Cross-curricular coordination and working outside of your comfort zone. Proceedings of the 120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, held in Atlanta, GA, June 23 – 26, 2013.
  56. Overholt, W.A., Marks, K.P., Romero, I.C., Hollander, D.J., Snell, T.W. and Kostka, J.E. (2016). Hydrocarbon-Degrading Bacteria Exhibit a Species-Specific Response to Dispersed Oil while Moderating Ecotoxicity, Applied and Environmental Microbiology 82: 518-527.
  57. Pasillas-Rodriguez, J.N., Bandini, P., Newtson, C., Aleali, S.A. (2018). Root-inspired “Vascular System” for a Pile Foundation. International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo 2018 (IFCEE 2018), Orlando, Florida.
  58. Pasillas-Rodriguez, J.N., Khodadadi T., H., Martin, K., Bandini4, P., Newtson, C., Kavazanjian, E. (2018). Viscosity-enhanced EICP Treatment of Soil. International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo 2018 (IFCEE 2018), Orlando, Florida.
  59. Phadnis, H. and Santamarina, J. (2011). Bacteria in sediments: pore size effects. Geotechnique Letters1(October-December):91-93.
  60. Prezzi, M., Bandini, P., Carraro, J.A.H., and Monteiro, P.J.M. (2011). Use of Recyclable Materials in Sustainable Civil Engineering Applications.
  61. Proto, C.J., DeJong, J.D., Nelson, D.C., and Sturm, A.P. “Bio-Mediated Permeability Reduction of Saturated Sands”, ASCE J. Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 2016, 142(12):1-11.
  62. Raymond, A., Pinkse, M., Kendall, A. and DeJong, J.T.,“Life Cycle Assessment of Ground Improvement Alternatives for Treasure Island, California Redevelopment”, ASCE GeoFrontiers Conference 2017.
  63. Rebata-Landa, V. and Santamarina, J.C. (2006). Mechanical limits to microbial activity in deep sediments.Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 7(11).
  64. Rebata-Landa, V. and Santamarina, J.C. (2012). Mechanical effects of biogenic nitrogen gas bubbles in soils.Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering 138(2):128-137.
  65. Savenye, W. (2007). Interaction: The power and promise of active learning. In M. Spector, Ed.  Finding your online voice: Stories told by experienced online educators. Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, 141-162.
  66. Savenye, W. (2013). Learning in museums. In J. M. Spector, Ed., Encyclopedia of Educational Technology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  67. Savenye, W. (2013). Perspectives on assessment of educational technologies for informal learning: A review of issues, perspectives, strategies and possibilities. In J. M. Spector, M. D. Merrill, J. Elen, & M. J. Bishop, Eds.Handbook of research on educational communications and technology. (4th ed.). New York: Springer, 257-267.
  68. Savenye, W. (2015). Applied Instructional Design: Learner-Centered, Adaptable to Varied Learning Environments, Powerful and Effective. Editorial. Journal of Applied Instructional Design, 5(1), 1. Available at
  69. Savenye, W. (2015). Learning in museums. In J. M. Spector, Ed., The SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Technology, Vol. 2, 462-464. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  70. Savenye, W. (2016). Willi’s Voice: The Academic Road – Thorns and Roses. In J. A. Donaldson, Ed., Women’s Voices in the Field of Educational Technology: Our Journeys, 121-129. Switzerland: Springer International.
  71. Savenye, W. (Coordinator/Producer with A. Igoe, J. Middleton, & T. Brush) (2004). Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology: 26 video cases of exemplary technology-modeling teachers.
  72. Savenye, W. C. (2004). Evaluating web-based learning systems and software.  In N. Seel, & Z. Dijkstra (Eds.)Curriculum, plans, and processes in instructional design: International perspectives. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 309-330.
  73. Savenye, W., and Robinson, R. (2004). Qualitative research issues and methods: An introduction for instructional technologists.  In D. Jonassen, (Ed.), Handbook of research on educational communications and technology. 2nd Ed. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 1045-1071.
  74. Savenye, W., Dwyer, H., Niemczyk, M., Olina, Z., Kim, A., Nicolaou, A., and Kopp, H. (2003). Development of the digital high school project: a school-university partnership. In Michael Corry & Chih-Hsiung Tu (Eds.)Distance education: what works well. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 3-14.
  75. Savenye, W., Ozogul, G., and Cromack, C. (2007). Microsoft Research Assessment Toolkit.  [Web Site]. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Research. Available May 08, 2009 at from Microsoft Research Education and Scholarly Communication, at or directly downloadable from
  76. Savenye, W., Robinson, R., Niemczyk, M., and Atkinson, R. (2008). Data collection and analysis: Measuring individual learning. In J. M. Spector, M. D. Merrill, J. J. G. vanMerrienboer, & M. Driscoll, (Eds.), Handbook of research on educational communications and technology. 3rd Ed. New York, Routledge.
  77. Savioli, A., Viggiani, C., and Santamarina, J. (2014). Root-Soil Mechanical Interaction. in Geo-Congress 2014, pp 3977-3984.
  78. Weldon, B., Bandini, P., McGinnis, M., Davila, E., and Garcia-Vera, D. (2017). Experimental evaluation of small-scale adobe walls under lateral loading. EARTH USA 2017 (Ninth International Conference on Architecture and Construction with Earthen Materials).
  79. Wosick, E., Gebremariam, T., Weldon, B., Bandini, P., and Al-aqtah, U. (2014). Strength characteristics of typical adobe material in the southwestern United States, In: Proc. 9th Int. Masonry Conf., Guimaraes, Portugal, June 2014.
  80. Zhang, H., Banaszak, J.E., Parameswaran, P., Alder, J., Krajmalnik-Brown, R., and Rittmann, B. E. (2009). Focused-Pulsed sludge pre-treatment increases the bacterial diversity and relative abundance of acetoclastic methanogens in a full-scale anaerobic digester. Water Research 43: 4517–4526.
  81. Zhao H.P., Ilhan Z.E., Ontiveros-Valencia A., Tang Y, Rittmann B., and R. Krajmalnik-Brown, (2013).  “Effects of multiple electron acceptors on microbial interactions in a hydrogen-based biofilm”. Environmental Science and Technology, 47 (13), 7396–7403.
  82. Zhao, Z., Hamdan, N., Shen, L., Nan, H., Almajed, A., Kavazanjian, E. and He, X. (2016). “Biomimetic hydrogel composites for soil stabilization and contaminant mitigation.” Environmental Science & Technology, 50(22), 12401-12410. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b01285.
  83. Ziv-El, M., Cai, K., Halden, R., Krajmalnik-Brown, R., and Rittmann, B.E. (2012). Managing methanogens and homoacetogens to promote reductive dechlorination of trichloroethene with direct delivery of H2 in a membrane biofilm reactor. Biotechnology and Bioengineering.


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