Anne Camper, an international expert in the study of pathogens in water, has been nominated to be a Montana University Systems Regents Professor.

If the Board of Regents approves the nomination, she will be the first woman at the Bozeman campus to achieve the highest ranking for Montana professors. Dr. Camper would be the eighth Regents Professor at MSU.

Camper was born in Wisconsin. At age eight, her family moved to a home south of Darby, Montana, where she grew up and attended high school. She also backpacked in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and fly-fished with her family.

An MSU news release noted that while in high school, Camper won the top prize at the Montana State Science Fair with a study of the Bitterroot River water quality. That project led to competition in the International Science Fair.

She began studies at Montana State University in 1971, earning a bachelor's and master's degree in microbiology and a Ph.D. in civil/environmental engineering. Also, at MSU, she has been an assistant professor and professor of civil engineering, associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Engineering and currently is interim Vice President for Research, Creativity and Technology Transfer.

Dr. Camper has authored and co-authored 77 peer-reviewed publications and has delivered more than 150 presentations. The MSU press release notes she "is an international authority on the fate, transport and survival of pathogens in biofilm systems and the physiology of biofilm bacteria."

She and her husband, Randy, live south of Bozeman.