Channah Rock

Channah Rock
Associate Professor
Water Quality Specialist
Building/Room: 
Maricopa Agricultural Center, Maricopa, AZ
Address: 

Maricopa Agricultural Center
37860 W. Smith Enke Road
Maricopa, AZ 85138

Office Phone: 
(520) 374-6258
Fax: 
(520) 568-2556

Doctor of Philosophy, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering, Arizona State University, May 2007

Master of Science, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering, Arizona State University, July 2005

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology,
Microbiology, New Mexico State University, May 2003

2007-current.  Water Quality Specialist, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona

2006-2007.  Laboratory Technician/Post Doctoral Research, USDA Agricultural Research Service

2005-2007.  Clinical Laboratory Specialist II, United Blood Services, Tempe, AZ

Selected Grants Received and Pending

Co-Investigator. Grant Title: Approaches to Maintain Consistently High Quality Recycled Water in Storage and Distribution Systems. Funding Agency: WateReuse Foundation Funding Amount: $654,995.00 Project Period: 03/01/2009 – 08/31/2011. Received

Principal Investigator. Grant Title: Arizona Nonpoint Source Education for Municipal Officials (AZ NEMO) – Watershed Technical Support Funding Agency: Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Funding Amount: $59,482.00 Project Period: 07/01/2010 – 06/30/2012. Received

Principal Investigator. Grant Title: Contaminant Fate and Transport in the Environment, Evaluation and Recommendations for the Safe Application of Reclaimed Water in the Southwest Funding Agency: USDA-CSREES Region 9 Water Quality Program Funding Amount: $79,200.00 Project Period: 10/01/2009 – 09/30/2012. Received

Principal Investigator. Grant Title: Evaluating Septic Influence on Irrigation Canals Funding Agency: Arizona Department of Agriculture Funding Amount: $73,304.00 Project Period: 01/01/2012 –12/31/2012. Received

Co-Investigator. Grant Title: The Role of Biofilms as a Reservoir for Foodborne Pathogens in Irrigation Systems. Funding Agency: National Integrated Food Safety Initiative (NIFSI) - USDA Funding Amount: $599,966.00 Project Period: 01/01/2012 – 06/30/2014. Received

Principal Investigator. Grant Title: Assessment of Escherichia coli as an Indicator of Microbial Quality of Irrigation Water Use for Produce Funding Agency: Center for Produce Safety Funding Amount: $89,823.00 Project Period: 10/01/2011 – 09/30/2013. Pending

Principal Investigator. Grant Title: Irrigating Agriculture with Recycled Water: Investigation of Translocation of Trace Organic Contaminants and Microbes into Produce. Funding Agency: National Integrated Water Quality Program (NIWQP) - USDA Funding Amount: $598,482.00 Project Period: 11/01/2011 – 10/31/2014. Pending

Principal Investigator. Grant Title: Develop Best Management Practices to Control Potential Health Risks and Aesthetic Issues Associated with Storage & Distribution of Reclaimed Water. Funding Agency: WateReuse Foundation Funding Amount: $200,000.00 Project Period: 01/01/2012 – 12/31/2013. Pending

Synergistic Activities

At the international level: Supported international student exchange program through the University of Arizona International Program Office. Student interns from the Universidad Tabasco as well as Sao Paulo State University worked in the University of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Center for periods of 11 weeks on projects related to water quality and non-point source pollution (2008-2011).

At the U.S. national level: Member of Arizona Water Pollution Control Association (AWPCA), American Water Works Association (AWWA), and Member of American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the WateReuse Association. Ad-hoc reviewer of manuscripts: Environmental Science and Technology, Journal of Cooperative Extension, and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Reviewer of grant proposals: Center for Disease Control Graduate Program Grants. Graduate Advisees: (12)

Rock C.M., A. Alum, and M. Abbaszadegan. A Unified Sample Processing Method for the Recovery of Bacterial, Viral, and Helminths Pathogens from Biosolids. Journal of Microbiological Methods., in review.

McLain, J.E.T., C.M. Rock, K. Lohse, and J. Walworth (2011) False positive identification of E. coli in treated municipal wastewater and wastewater-irrigated soils. Canadian Journal of Microbiology, in press (accepted June 15, 2011).

Riveria, B., and C.M. Rock (2011) Microbial Source Tracking: Watershed Characterization and Source Identification. Arizona Cooperative Extension, #AZ1547.

Sifuentes, L., C.P. Gerba, and C.M. Rock (2011) Playing Safe in Natural Waters: How to Protect Yourself from Naegleria fowleri When You Go Swimming. Arizona Cooperative Extension, #AZ1545.

Rock, C.M., J.E.T. McLain, I.L. Pepper, K. Lansey, and C. Choi (2011) Influence of Water Age on Recycled Water Quality in Distribution Systems, WRF-0804. Proceedings WateReuse Symposium, Las Vegas, NV.

Rock, C.M., J.E.T. McLain, I.L. Pepper, K. Lansey, and C. Choi (2011) Evaluation of Recycled Water Quality in Distribution Systems, WRF-0804. Proceedings 26th Annual WateReuse Symposium, Phoenix, AZ.

Rock, C.M., and J. Kmiec (2011) Arizona Water Reuse Research Update. Proceedings 26th Annual WateReuse Symposium, Phoenix, AZ.

Rock, C.M., A. Alum, and M. Abbaszadegan. (2010) PCR Inhibitor Levels in Concentrates of Biosolids Samples Predicted by a New Method Based on Excitation-Emission Matrix Spectroscopy. Appl. Envir. Microbiol.,76: 8102-8109.

McLain, J.E.T., H. Ryu, L. Kabiri-Badr, C.M. Rock, and M. Abbaszadegan (2009) Lack of specificity for PCR assays targeting human Bacteroides 16S rRNA gene: significant cross-amplification with fish feces. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 299: 38-43.