Erica McKenzie

Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Office Hours

Thursday 3:00-5:00PM
Tuesday 9:00-10:00 PM online via Blackboard


Erica McKenzie was originally attracted to environmental engineering to better understand human impacted natural environments.  In the course of her studies, she earned degrees at University of California at Davis and Colorado State University, she completed NSF summer Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) experiences at University of Notre Dame and the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University, and she conducted research as a postdoctoral scholar at Colorado School of Mines and the Western Cooling Efficiency Center at UC Davis.  Dr. McKenzie joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Temple University in January 2015.


  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Davis, 2012
  • M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Davis, 2008
  • B.S. Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University, 2005

Research Interests

Dr. McKenzie is interested in physicochemical processes, environmental chemistry, and fate and transport.  Her research interests include:

  • Nonpoint source pollution
  • Metals
  • Perfluorochemicals
  • Nanoparticles
  • Point of use drinking water treatment

Dr. McKenzie runs the ICP-MS Center.  The ICP-MS Center analyzes elemental concentrations in aqueous samples, which is employed for both routine bulk solution analysis, as well as cutting edge applications including single particle analysis and liquid chromatography separation to investigate speciation, molecular size and hydrophobicity.  Online continuous analysis can also be conducted to investigate fast reactions.


    • McKenzie ER, Siegrist RL, McCray JE, Higgins CP. "Effects of chemical oxidants on perfluoroalkyl acid transport in one-dimensional porous media columns."  Environmental Science & Technology, 49 (2015), 1681-1689; doi 10.1021/es503676p.
    • McKenzie ER, Young TM.  "A novel fractionation approach for water constituents – distribution of storm event metals."  Environmental Science - Processes & Impacts, 15 (2013), 1006-1016; doi 10.1039/c3em30612g.
    • McKenzie ER, Young TM. "Quality control considerations for size exclusion chromatography with online ICP-MS:  a powerful tool for evaluating the size dependence of metal-organic matter complexation."  Water Science & Technology, 67(2013), 1075-1082; doi 10.2166/wst.2013.659.
    • McKenzie ER, Pistochini TE, Loge FJ, Modera MP.  "An investigation of coupling evaporative cooling and decentralized graywater treatment in the residential sector."  Building and Environment, 68 (2013), 215-224; doi 10.1016/j.buildenv.2013.07.007.
    • Nover DM, McKenzie ER, Joshi G, Fleenor WE.  "Assessment of colloidal silver impregnated ceramic bricks for small-scale drinking water treatment applications."  International J. for Service Learning in Engineering, 8 (2013), 18-35. Abstract
    • McKenzie ER, Jenkins MW, Tiwari SSK, Darby J, Saenyi W, Gichaba CM.  "In-home performance and variability of biosand filters treating turbid surface and rain water in rural Kenya."  J. Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for Development, 3 (2013), 189-198; doi 10.2166/washdev.2013.050.
    • Kayhanian M, McKenzie ER, Leatherbarrow JE, Young TM.  "Characteristics of road sediment fractionated particles captured from paved surfaces, surface run-off and detention basins." Science of the Total Environment, 437 (2012), 172-186; 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.08.077. 

Google Scholar Profile


  • Fate of pollutants in the subsurface (CEE 4622/5622)
  • Green Engineering Design