William Gerhard


Billy is a third-year PhD student whose research examines the role of ballast water as a global transport mechanism for microbes. He investigates the development of alternative ballast water management systems in addition to creating methods for tracking ballast water discharge.

Contact Information:


M.S. Environmental Engineering - Duke University

M.S.P.H. Environmental Sciences and Engineering - University of North Carolina

B.S. Biology - University of North Carolina

Research Interests:

  • Source tracking
  • Rapid microbial methods
  • Environmental & public health