Edward Robert Atwill

Professor and Agronomist

Population Health & Reproduction

1477 Drew Ave, Suite 101, Davis, CA 95618

1985, BA, University of California, San Diego, CA
1990, DVM, University of California, Davis, CA
1991, MPVM, University of California, Davis, CA
1994, PhD, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Active Research Grants
Other, Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS), Kent Pinkerton (Principal Investigator), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Principal Investigator, Unrestricted gift for produce-related food safety research, (Principal Investigator), Anonomous donor
Co-Investigator, Survey of antibiotic resistance and the subsequent promotion of judicious use of antibiotics in backyard poultry (BYP), Maurice Pitesky (Principal Investigator), California Department of Food and Agriculture
Principal Investigator, FDA Western Center for Food Safety - Center of Excellence, (Principal Investigator), US Food and Drug Administration
Principal Investigator, Unrestricted gift for produce related food safety research, (Principal Investigator), Washington Tree Fruit Research Association
Most Recent Five Book Chapters
2020 Pandey P, Atwill ER: Chapter 5: Microbial pathogens in extensive and intensive animal agricultural systems, Engle T, Klingborg DJ, Rollin BE, (ed), The Welfare of Cattle, 1st edition, Boca Raton, FL. 31-36.
2018 Robles Jimenez LE, Angeles Hernandez JC, Osorio Avalos J, Li X, Atwill ER, Castelan Ortega O, Gonzalez Ronquillo M: Veterinary antibiotics in animal diet: effects on waste & environment, Mérillon JM, Ramawat KG, (ed), Bioactive Molecules in Food. Reference Series in Phytochemistry, . 1775-1792.
2013 Chen S, Li X, Li J, Atwill ER: Rapid detection of Brucella spp. using loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), Kolpashchikov DM, Gerasimova YV, (ed), Nucleic Acid Detection: Methods and Protocols: Methods in Molecular Biology, . 99-108.
2012 Gannon V, Grace D, Atwill ER: Chapter 4: Zoonotic waterborne pathogens in livestock and their excreta - interventions, Dufour A, Bartram J, Bos R, Gannon V, (ed), Animal Waste, Water Quality and Human Health, 2012 World Health Organization (WHO), London, UK. 115-56.
2012 Atwill ER, Li X, Grace D, Gannon V: Chapter 3: Zoonotic waterborne pathogen loads in livestock, Dufour A, Bartram J, Bos R, Gannon V, (ed), Animal Waste, Water Quality and Human Health, 2012 World Health Organization (WHO), London, UK. 73-114.
Research Focus
The primary goal of my research and extension program is to identify management strategies for minimizing microbial contamination of surface water supplies and ground water resources; preharvest microbial food safety; characterizing the underlying processes of environmental dissemination of microbial hazards; development of monitoring methods for assessing environmental or agroecosystem health; assessing vertebrate reservoirs of zoonotic pathogens through California's diverse landscapes; and to extend this breadth of information to individuals, institutions, and agencies involved in the complex issue of microbial water quality, preharvest food safety, and sustainability of California agriculture.
Specialty Focus
  • Epidemiology of waterborne zoonotic pathogens and preharvest food safety
  • Biotic and abiotic processes governing fate and transport of zoonotic pathogens
  • Beneficial management practices for pathogen mitigation in agricultural and natural systems