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Sarina J. Ergas

Dr. Sarina Ergas joined the faculty of Civil & Environmental Engineering at USF in the fall of 2009 after fifteen years at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Dr. Ergas received a BS in Environmental Engineering from Humboldt State University and M.S. and PhD degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis.  Dr. Ergas’ research focuses on biological treatment processes, including biological air pollution control, membrane bioreactors, nutrient removal and bioremediation processes.  Recent projects include a study of bioremediation of a perchlorate contaminated aquifer using Sulfur Utilizing Perchlorate Reducing Bacteria (SUPeRB), natural attenuation of acid mine drainage (AMD) sites by sulfate and Fe(III) reducing bacteria, investigations of nutrient removal from stormwater runoff using denitrifying bioretention systems, and the use of algae for nutrient removal, CO2 sequestration and biofuel production.  Dr. Ergas has collaborated on research with faculty at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the University of Manchester and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.  She has taught Environmental Biological Processes, Water & Wastewater Systems, Air Quality, and Systems Analysis, among other courses.  Dr. Ergas was an ASCE ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Fellow in 2005 and a Fulbright Fellow at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in 2007-08.

Economic And Energy-Efficient Nitrogen Removal From High Ammonia Strength Wastewater Using Algae, Bacteria, And Ion Exchange

With increasing pressure on natural resources and the need for clean water and sustainable and energy efficient technologies, wastewater treatment plants are pushed towards integration of resource and energy recovery. The most commonly used approach is the addition of anaerobic […]