Jean E. McLain

Jean McLain
Associate Director Water Resources Research Center
Research Scientist
Marley 341B & WRRC

WRRC POB 210437
350 N. Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ

Office Phone: 
(520) 621-7292

Invited Plenary Speaker: Lighting the Way: 8th Annual Science and Engineering Excellence Banquet, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. Honored for excellence in mentoring of young women in science and engineering, presented invited talk, “A long and winding road: lessons learned along the way,” April 18, 2014.

Fellowship Awardee, Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel, sponsored by Media Watch International. May 25-June 4, 2013.

Honoree, Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet, National Women’s History Project (2009)

Ph.D., Microbial Ecology (1997-2002) Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 27708. Doctoral Dissertation: Effects of elevated carbon dioxide on oxidation of methane in soils.

M.Sc., Forest Science (1995-1997) School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 06511. Master’s Thesis: A plant bioassay to determine the persistence of the herbicide glyphosate in soil.

B.S., Forestry, Magna cum laude (1978-1982) University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, 05405

My research program is directed towards establishing the public health and environmental safety of reclaimed municipal wastewater, with the goal of extending limited groundwater and surface water supplies in the arid Southwest. Recent research studies focus on: 1) the potential for development of antibiotic resistance of bacteria in groundwater and irrigated soils; 2) development of research methods to account for natural antibiotic resistance in soil and water; and 3) bacterial regrowth, survival, and transport in water distribution systems and soils.

Peer-Reviewed Literature, last 3 years

Yang, Y., X. Bi, P. Westerhoff, K. Hristovski, J. McLain. Engineered nanomaterials either inhibit or improve biological carbon conversion in soils. Environmental Engineering Science, in press.

McLain, J.E., C.F. Williams (2014) Development of antibiotic resistance in sediments following long-term recharge with reclaimed wastewater. Sustainability, 6: 1313-1327; DOI:10.3390/su6031313.

Kabiri, L., A. Alum, C. Rock, J.E. McLain, M. Abbaszadegan (2013) Isolation of Bacteroides from fish and human fecal samples for identification of unique molecular markers. Canadian Journal of Microbiology, 59: 771-777; DOI: 10.1139/cjm-2013-0518.

Leal-Bautistia, R.M., M. Lenczewski, A. Gahala, J.E. McLain (2013) Assessing fecal contamination in groundwater from the Tulum Region, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Journal of Environmental Protection, 4: 1272-1279; DOI: 10.4236/jcp.2013.411148.

Ajibode, O.M, C. Rock, K. Bright, J.E.T. McLain, C.P. Gerba, I.L. Pepper (2013) Influence of residence time of reclaimed water within distribution systems on water quality. Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination, in press; DOI: 10.2166/wrd.2013.088.

Gallo, E.L., P.D. Brooks, K.A. Lohse, J.E.T. McLain (2013) Temporal patterns and controls on runoff magnitude and solution chemistry of urban catchments in the semiarid southwestern United States. Hydrological Processes, 27: 995-110; DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9199.

Wall, G.W., J.E.T. McLain, B.A. Kimball, J.W. White, M.J. Ottman, R.L. Garcia (2013) Infrared warming affects intrarow soil carbon dioxide efflux during vegetative growth of spring wheat. Agronomy Journal, 105: 607-618; DOI: 10.2134/agronj2012.0356.

Unger, I.M., K.W. Goyne, A.C. Kennedy, R.J. Kremer, J.E.T. McLain, C.F. Williams (2012) The effects of veterinary antibiotics on soil microbial community characteristics in vegetative filter strips and cropland soils. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 77: 100-112; DOI: 10.2136/sssaj2012.0099.

Cavigelli, M.A., S.J. Del Grosso, M.A. Liebig, C.S. Snyder, P.E. Fixen, R.T. Venterea, A.G. Leytem, J.E. McLain, D.B. Watts (2012) Agricultural N2O emissions: context, status, and anticipated trajectory. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 10: 537-546; DOI: 10.1890/120054.

Williams, C.F., J.E.T. McLain (2012) Soil persistence and fate of carbamazepine, lincomycin, caffeine, and ibuprofen from wastewater reuse. Journal of Environmental Quality, 41: 1473-1480; DOI: 10.2134/jeq2011.0353.

Gallo, E.L., K.A. Lohse, P.D. Brooks, J.C. McIntosh, T. Meixner, J.E.T. McLain (2012) Quantifying the effects of stream channels on storm water quality in a semi-arid urban environment. Journal of Hydrology, 470-471: 98-110; DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.08. 047.

Gallo, E.L., P.D. Brooks, K.A. Lohse, J.E.T. McLain (2012) Temporal patterns and controls on runoff magnitude and solution chemistry of urban catchments in the semi-arid southwestern U.S. Hydrological Processes (online); DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9199

McLain, J.E.T., C.F. Williams (2012) Assessing environmental impacts of treated wastewater through monitoring of fecal indicator bacteria and salinity in irrigated soils. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 184:1559-1572; DOI 10.1007/s10661-011-2060-4.

Book and Review Chapters

Liebig, M.A., X. Dong, J.E.T. McLain, C. Dell (2011) Greenhouse gas flux from managed grasslands in the U.S. Pages 183-202 In: Managing Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Fluxes, Liebig, M.A., R.F. Follett, A.J. Franzleubbers (Eds.) Elsevier Ltd., Oxford, UK.

Pachepsky, Y., D.R. Shelton, J.E.T. McLain, J. Patel, R.E. Mandrell (2011) Irrigation waters as a source of pathogenic microorganisms in produce: a review. Advances in Agronomy, 113: 73-138; DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-386473-4.00007-5.

Martens, D.A., J.E.T. McLain, W. Emmerich, T. N. Johnsen, Jr. (2005) Atmospheric carbon mitigation potential of agricultural management in the Southwestern USA. Soil and Tillage Research, 83: 95-119.