Got Sand? SFS Researcher Digs Into Beach Bacteria That Could Curtail Your Summer Fun

Before you slip off the flip-flops to feel the sand between your toes, give a listen to School of Freshwater Sciences PhD candidate Natalie Rumball.

Rumball has focused her research on understanding the bacterium E. coli, specifically, naturalized E. coli. While some forms of the pathogen need a living host to survive, naturalized E. coli can live, even thrive, on its own in the environment — including our beaches.

Rumball shared the latest news on these tiny, potentially troublesome beach bums with environmental reporter Susan Bence in a recent interview on WUWM.

Listen to the segment here.