Patrick McNamara, PhD

Patrick McNamara, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: 413 Engineering Hall

Phone: (414) 288-2188




Research Interests

  • Micropollutant impacts on microbial communities
  • Fate and removal of micropollutants
  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Residuals and Biosolids
  • Pyrolysis

Professional Preparation

  • Ph.D., 2012, Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • M.S., 2008, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • B.S., 2006, Civil Engineering, Marquette University


Selected Refereed Publications

  • LaPara, T, Burch, T., McNamara, P., Tan, D., Mi, Y., Eichmiller, J. 2011. “Tertiary-Treated Municipal Wastewater is a Significant Point Source of Antibiotic Resistance Genes into Duluth-Superior Harbor,” Environmental Science & Technology  45 (22), 9543-9549.
  • McNamara, P.J.,Krzmarzick, M.J. (2013). “Triclosan Enriches for Dehalococcoides-like Chloroflexi in Anaerobic Soil at Environmentally Relevant Concentrations,” FEMS Microbiology Letters, 344, 48-52. 2013.
  • Wood, B.M., Jade, L.R., Schendel, F.J., Hahn, N.J., Valentas, K.J., McNamara, P.J., Novak, P.J., Heilmann, S.M. (2013) “Industrial Symbiosis: Corn Ethanol Fermentation, Hydrothermal Carbonization, and Anaerobic Digestion”, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 110(10), 2624-2632. 2013.
  • Godwin, C.; McNamara, P.; Markfort, C. (2013) “Evening Methane Emission Pulses from a Boreal Wetland Correspond to Convective Mixing in Hollows,” Journal of Geophysical Research Biogeosciences , 118 (3), 994-1005. 2013.
  • McNamara, P.J., Wilson, C., Wogen, M.W., Murthy, S., Novak, J.T., Novak, P.J. (2012) “The Effect of Thermal Hydrolysis Pretreatment on the Anaerobic Degradation of Nonylphenol and Short-Chain Nonylphenol Ethoxylates in Digested Biosolids,” Water Research, 46(9), 2937-2946. 2012.



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