Kaitlyn Hanley

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Kaitlyn Hanley joined the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering as an Industry Associate Professor in August 2022. Her expertise and interests include microbial water quality with special focuses on microbial source tracking (MST), waterborne pathogens, bacteria total maximum daily loads (TMDL), and shellfish safety. Since 2007, Dr. Hanley has worked in the application of molecular technologies for the protection of recreational water quality and aquaculture assessments.

Previously, Dr. Hanley taught environmental chemistry & microbiology at Tandon as an Adjunct Professor. In addition to her teaching, she worked as a Senior Engineer and Laboratory Project Manager at Wood PLC, where she led a variety of microbial water quality projects aimed at identifying and abating sources of human fecal pollution.

University of California, Davis 2015
PhD, Civil & Environmental Engineering

University of California, Davis 2011
Master of Science, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Cornell University 2008
Bachelor of Science, Environmental Engineering
Bachelor of Science, Science of Earth Systems


NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Department of Civil and Urban Engineering
Industry Associate Professor
Adjunct Professor, 2021 – 2022

Wood, PLC
Senior Engineer, 2018 – 2022
Molecular Services Laboratory Project Manager, 2019 – 2022

Geosyntec Consultants
Water Resources Engineer, 2015 – 2018

Unweltbundesamt
Visiting Scholar, 2014

University of California, Los Angeles
Department of Civil and Urban Engineering
Staff Research Associate II, 2011 – 2012


Hanley, K. T., Wuertz, S., Schriewer, A., Passow, U., Smith, W., Olin, P., & Shapiro, K. (2018). Effects of salinity and transparent exopolymer particles on formation of aquatic aggregates and their association with norovirus. Science of the total environment, 643, 1514-1521.

Hanley, K.T. (2015). Human Noroviruses in the Coastal Environment: Association with Aquatic Macroaggregates and the Risk of Infection by Raw Shellfish Consumption. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Davis.

Riedel, T.E., Thulsiraj, V., Zimmer-Faust, A.G., Dagit, R., Krug, J., Hanley, K.T., Adaamek, K., Ebentier, D.L., Torres, R., Cobian, U., Peterson, S., and Jay, J.A. (2015). Long-term monitoring of molecular markers can distinguish different seasonal patterns of fecal indicating bacteria sources. Water Research. 71, 227 – 243.

Odagiri, M., Schriewer, A., Hanley, K., Wuertz, S., Misra, P.R, Panigrahi, P., and Jenkins, M.W.  (2015). Validation of Bacteroidales quantitative PCR assays targeting human and animal fecal contamination in the public and domestic domains in India. Science of The Total Environment. 502, 462-470.

Wuertz, S., Shapiro, K., Hanley, K., Schriewer, A., and Smith, W. A. (2014). Noroviruses in coastal waters: Implications for seafood cultivation and human health. UC San Diego Research Final Reports. California Sea Grant Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

Riedel, T.E., Zimmer-Faust, A.G., Thulsiraj, V., Madi, T., Hanley, K.T., Ebentier, D.L., Byappanahalli, M., Layton, B.L., Raith, M., Boehm, A.B., Griffith, J.F., Holden, P.A., Shanks, O.C., Weisberg, S.B., Jay, J.A. (2014). Detection limits and cost comparisons of human-and gull-associated conventional and quantitative PCR assays in artificial and environmental waters. Journal of Environmental Management. 136, 112 –120.

Ebentier, D.L., Hanley, K.T., Cao, Y., Badgley, B.D., Boehm, A.B., Ervin, J.S., Goodwin, K.D., Gourmelon, M., Griffith, J.F., Holden, P.A., Kelty, C.A., Lozach, S., McGee, C., Peed, L.A., Raith, M., Ryu, H., Sadowsky, M.J., Scott, E.A., Santo Domingo, J., Schriewer, A., Sinigalliano, C.D., Shanks, O.C., Van De Werfhorst, L.C., Wang, D., Wuertz, S., Jay, J.A. (2013). Evaluation of the repeatability and reproducibility of a suite of qPCR-based microbial source tracking methods. Water Research. 47 (18), 6839-6848.

Layton, B., Cao, Y., Ebentier, D.L., Hanley, K.T., Van De Werfhorst, L.C., Wang, D., Madi, T., Whitman, R.L., Byappanahalli, M.N., Balleste, E. and Meijier, W. (2013). Performance of human fecal-associated PCR-based assays: an international source identification method evaluation. Water Res, 47(18), pp.6897-6908.

Layton, B. A., Cao, Y., Ebentier, D. L., Hanley, K.T., Ballesté, E., Brandão, J., Byappanahalli, M., Converse, R., Farnleitner, A.H., Gentry-Shields, J., Gidley, M.L., Gourmelon, M., Soo  Lee, C., Lee, J., Lozach,  S., Madi, T., Meijer, W.G., Noble, R., Peed, L., Reischer, G.H., Rodrigues, R., Rose, J.B., Schriewer, A.S., Sinigalliano, C., Srinvasan, S., Stewart, J., Van De Werfhorst, L.C., Wang, D., Whitman, R., Wuertz, S., Jay,  J.A.,  Holden,  P.A.,  Boehm,  A.B.,  Shanks,  O.C.,  Griffith,  J.F.  (2013). Performance of human fecal anaerobe-associate PCR-based assays in a multi-laboratory method evaluation study. Water Research. 47 (18), 6897 –6908.

Schriewer, A.S., Goodwin, K.D., Sinigalliano, C.D., Cox, A.M., Wanless, D., Bartkowiak, J., Ebentier, D.L., Hanley, K.T., Ervin, J., Deering, L.A., Shanks, O.C., Peed, L.A., Meijer, W.G., Griffith, J.F., Santo Domingo, J., Jay, J.A., Holden, P.A., Wuertz, S. (2013). Performance evaluation of canine-associated Bacteroidales assays in a multi-laboratory comparison study. Water Research. 47 (18), 6909 –6920.

Hanley, K.T. (2011). Microbial Source Tracking of Bacteroidales and Human Viruses in Stockton, CA. M.S. Thesis, University of California, Davis.


Hanley, K.T., Calderon, J., and Jensen, R. “A Source Investigation Process to Investigate Sources of Bacteria.” 2021 California Stormwater Quality Association Annual Conference. October 26 – 27, 2021. Virtual.

Hanley, K.T., Wuertz, S., Schriewer, A., Miller, W., and Shapiro, K. “Coastal Noroviruses: Prevalence, Risk Factors and Food Safety Implications.” 2019 Water Microbiology Conference, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. May 14 – 16, 2019. Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.

Hanley, K. T., Wuertz, S., Schriewer, A., Passow, U., Smith, W., Olin, P., and Shapiro, K. “Effect of Salinity and Transport Exopolymer Particles on Norovirus Association with Aquatic Aggregates.” 2018 Water Microbiology Conference, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. May 22 – 24, 2018. Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.

Hanley, K. T., Schriewer, A., Llerandi, C.L., Fricke, K., Miller, W., Wuertz, S., and Shapiro, K. “Noroviruses in coastal waters: Implications for seafood cultivation and human health.” International Water Association (IWA) 17th Symposium on Health-Related Water Microbiology, Health-Related Water Microbiology Meeting, Florianopolis, Brazil, 13-20 September 2013.

Hanley, K. T., Schriewer, A., Wang, D., McCaslin-Taylor, H., and Wuertz, S. “Quantitative, multi-year microbial source tracking study with host-associated Bacteroidales genetic markers in a city-based watershed.” 112th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, San Francisco, CA, USA. 16-19 June, 2012.