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.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Physicochemical Processes
  • Contaminant Fate & Transport

Courses Taught




CEE 3717

Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering


CEE 4622

Fate Pollutants in Subsurface Environments


CEE 4725

Environmental Systems Design


CEE 5622

Fate of Pollutants in Subsurface Environments


Selected Publications

  • McKenzie, E.R., Siegrist, R.L., McCray, J.E., & Higgins, C.P. (2016). The influence of a non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) and chemical oxidant application on perfluoroalkyl acid (PFAA) fate and transport. Water Research, 92, pp. 199-207. doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2016.01.025

  • Menumerov, E., Gilroy, K.D., Hajfathalian, M., Murphy, C.J., McKenzie, E.R., Hughes, R.A., & Neretina, S. (2016). Plastically deformed Cu-based alloys as high-performance catalysts for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol. Catalysis Science and Technology, 6(14), pp. 5737-5745. doi: 10.1039/c6cy00734a

  • Schaefer, C.E., Andaya, C., Urtiaga, A., McKenzie, E.R., & Higgins, C.P. (2015). Electrochemical treatment of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) in groundwater impacted by aqueous film forming foams (AFFFs). Journal of Hazardous Materials, 295, pp. 170-175. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2015.04.024

  • McKenzie, E.R., Siegrist, R.L., McCray, J.E., & Higgins, C.P. (2015). Effects of chemical oxidants on perfluoroalkyl acid transport in one-dimensional porous media columns. Environmental Science and Technology, 49(3), pp. 1681-1689. doi: 10.1021/es503676p

  • Brozell, A., Erbil, I., Abed-Amoli, A., McKenzie, E., Kamiya, T., Richardson, J., Flynn, M., & Berliner, A. (2014). Biomimetic membrane coatings for >2x higher flux wasterwater treatment using forward osmosis, microfiltration and ultrafiltration. AWWA/AMTA 2014 Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition.