Dr. Danny David Reible earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1982. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin 2004. He directs the Hazardous Substance Research Center/South and Southwest, a consortium of five universities. Dr. Reible is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the nation's highest honor for engineering professionals. Reible researches contaminant processes in the environment, models pollution transport, and assesses and remediates contaminated sediments.
He has developed widely used methods of managing contaminated sediments and continues research into containment and in place treatment of contaminated sediments. He researches sediments polluted with both organic contaminants, mercury and other heavy metals. Of special interest are extremely soft, oily or gas-filled sediments that are difficult to manage by traditional means. Reible is also studying how pollution spreads due to the activities of sediment-dwelling organisms, and how oily contaminants accumulate in these organisms.