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Emily Garner

Assistant Professor - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2018
  • B.S. , Civil Engineering, West Virginia University, 2013

Research Interests

  • Microbial contaminant fate and transport via the urban water cycle
  • Wastewater reuse and sustainable water treatment
  • Bacterial growth and water quality in distribution systems
  • Microbial ecology and microbial functional diversity in water systems
  • Application of molecular tools and next generation sequencing technologies

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Applied Environmental Microbiology
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment

Select Honors and Awards

  • Paul V. Roberts Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, 2019
  • Academic Achievement Award for Doctoral Thesis, Second Place, American Water Works Association, 2019
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student, Virginia Tech College of Engineering, 2018
  • Abel Wolman Fellowship, American Water Works Association, 2016
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2013

Select Publications

  • Garner, E., Inyang, M., Garvey, E., Parks, J., Glover, C., Grimaldi, A., Dickenson, E., Sutherland, J., Salveson, A., Edwards, M. A., Pruden A. (2019). Impact of blending for direct potable reuse on premise plumbing microbial ecology and regrowth of opportunistic pathogens and antibiotic resistant bacteria. Water Research. 151:75-96.
  • Garner, E., McLain, J., Bowers, J., Engelthaler D. M., Edwards, M. A., Pruden, A. (2018). Microbial ecology and water chemistry impact regrowth of opportunistic pathogens in full-scale reclaimed water distribution systems. Environ. Sci. Technol. 52(16):9056-9068.
  • Garner, E., Chen, C., Xia, K., Bowers, J., Engelthaler D. M., McLain, J., Edwards, M. A., Pruden, A. (2018). Metagenomic characterization of antibiotic resistance genes in full-scale reclaimed water distribution systems and corresponding potable systems. Environ. Sci. Technol. 52(11):6113-6125.
  • Rhoads, W., Garner, E., Ji, P., Zhu, N., Parks, J., Schwake, D. O., Pruden, A., Edwards, M. (2017). Distribution System Operational Deficiencies Coincide with Reported Legionnaires’ Disease Clusters in Flint, MI. Environ. Sci. Technol. 51(20):11986-11995.
  • Garner, E., Benitez, R., von Wagoner, E., Sawyer, R., Shaberg, E., Hession, C., Krometis, L. A., Badgley, B., Pruden, A. (2017). Stormwater loadings of antibiotic resistance genes in urban stream. Water Research. 123:144-152.
  • Garner, E., Wallace, J. S., Argoty, G. A., Wilkinson, C., Fahrenfeld, N., Heath, L., Zhang, L., Arabi, M., Aga, D. S., Pruden, A. (2016). Metagenomic profiling of historic Colorado Front Range flood impact on distribution of riverine antibiotic resistance genes. Scientific Reports. 6:38432.
  • Garner, E., Zhu, N., Strom, L., Edwards, M., Pruden, A. (2016). A human exposome framework for guiding risk management and holistic assessment of recycled water quality. Environ. Sci.: Water Res Technol. 2:580-598. [2016 Editor’s Choice Paper]