Jean E. McLain

Research Scientist, Water Resources Research Center, Assistant Dean for Faculty Advancement, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Research Scientist, Soil, Water and Environmental Science
(520) 621-7292
Dr. McLain's research 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. Studies focus on: 1) bacterial regrowth, survival, and transport in water distribution systems and soils; 2) the potential for development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria in groundwater and irrigated soils; and 3) microbial cycling of nutrients and trace gases in forest, agricultural, and rangeland soils.