Dr. Heather McDonald

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Education

2007       Ph..D. Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa

                Thesis Title: The Effect of Sulfide Inhibition and Organic Shock Loading in Anaerobic Biofilm Reactors Treating a Low-Temperature, High-Sulfate Wastewater

2001       M.S. Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University

                Thesis Title: Anaerobic Treatment of Domestic Wastewater at Tropical Temperatures

1999       B.S. Chemical Engineering, B.A. Economics, Case Western Reserve University

Biography

Dr. McDonald’s research background is in biological wastewater treatment processes.  Her research includes the study of municipal and industrial wastewater with a specialty in anaerobic wastewater treatment.  Her Ph.D. research focused on applying microbiological techniques to assess the long-term population dynamics of anaerobic reactors under stress conditions.

Publications and Conference Posters

“The Effect of Sulfide Inhibition and Organic Shock Loading on Anaerobic Biofilm Reactors Treating a Low-Temperature, High-Sulfate Wastewater,” Water Environment Research, March 2009 pp.265-288.

“Analysis of Sulfide Inhibition In Anaerobic Biofilm Reactors Fed a Sulfate-Rich Wastewater,” Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing Conference, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA: 2005, 2004.

 “Analysis of Sulfide Inhibition In Anaerobic Biofilm Reactors Fed a Sulfate-Rich Wastewater,” Bio-based Industry Outlook Conference, Iowa State University, Ames, IA: 2005.

“Analysis of Sulfide Inhibition In Anaerobic Biofilm Reactors Fed a Sulfate-Rich Wastewater” International Symposium on Environmental Biotechnology, Leipzig, Germany: 2006.