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Katherine McMahon

Expert in microbial ecology, limnology, water quality, wastewater treatment, environmental genomics, ecosystem microbiology

Associate professor, civil and environmental engineering, bacteriology College of Engineering Work: 608-890-2836 Home page


  • Water quality and eutrophication of freshwater lakes.
  • Wastewater treatment microbiology.
  • Environmental and ecological genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics
  • Impact of climate change on microbial processes and communities in lakes
  • Evolution, community assembly, and bacteria-virus interactions


  • UW-Madison Class of 1955 Distinguished Teaching Award, 2008
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2007
  • Principal investigator, North Temperate Lakes Microbial Observatory