Sarah Jane Payne

Assistant Professor

Office: Ellis-251D

Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Tel: (613) 533-2206
Fax: (613) 533-2128

Dr. Payne is a new faculty member in Civil Engineering and is currently developing a drinking water research program. She is fascinated by the intersection of environment, public health and engineering. Dr. Payne enjoys adapting molecular biological tools and employing analytical methods to explore unintended consequences and trade-offs of water quality management strategies. She is actively pursuing interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities. Her research interests include:

- Biofilm and microbial ecology
- Lead and copper corrosion in premise plumbing
- Distribution system water quality management
- Emerging contaminants
- Interactions and interplay of water quality, disinfectants, pipe materials, inorganic particles, and the drinking water microbiome

Prior to her arrival at Queen’s University, Dr. Payne worked as an engineer in the federal public service (2014-2019). She worked at both Environment and Climate Change Canada and Health Canada in various water, wastewater, and environmental policy and regulatory roles.

Doctor of Philosophy, Civil & Resource Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, 2014

Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, 2012

Master of Applied Science, Civil & Resource Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, 2007

Bachelor of Applied Science, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Specialization, Honours, Co-op, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, 2003

Professional Engineer, Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia, 2013-present

Member, American Water Works Association, 2013-present

Selected Publications

Kogo, A., Payne, S.J., Andrews, R.C. 2017. Comparison of three corrosion inhibitors in simulated partial lead service line replacements. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 329: 211-221.

Kogo, A., Payne, S.J., Andrews, R.C. 2017. Impact of corrosion control on biofilm development in simulated partial lead service line replacements. Environmental Engineering Science, 34(10):711-720.

Payne, S.J., Piorkowski, G.S., Truelstrup Hansen, L., Gagnon, G.A. 2016. Impact of zinc orthophosphate on drinking water biofilms influenced by lead and copper. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 142(2).

Woszczynski, M., Bergese, J., Payne, S.J., Gagnon, G.A. 2015. Comparison of sodium silicate and phosphate for controlling lead release from copper pipe rigs. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 42:953-959.

Zhou, E., Payne, S.J., Hofmann, R., Andrews, R.C. 2015. Factors affecting lead release in sodium silicate treated partial lead service line replacements. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, 50(9): 922-930.

Krkosek, W.H., Payne, S.J., Gagnon, G.A. 2014. Removal of acidic pharmaceuticals within a nitrifying recirculating biofilter. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 272: 85-93.

Payne, S.J., Besner, M-C., Lavoie, J. Krentz, C.A., Truelstrup Hansen, L., Friedman, M., LeChevallier, M.W., Prévost, M. & Gagnon, G.A. 2010. Molecular techniques and data integration: investigating distribution system coliform events. Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology – AQUA, 59(5): 298-311.

Friedman, M., Hanson, A., Dewis, K., Kirmeyer, G., LeChevallier, M.W., Gagnon, G., Truelstrup Hansen, L., Krentz, C.A., Mosher, M., Payne, S.J., Rosen, J., Hargy, T., Sobrinho, J., Besner, M-C. & Prévost, M. 2009. Strategies to manage and respond to total coliforms and E. coli in drinking water distribution systems. Water Research Foundation: Denver, CO, U.S.A.

Murphy, H.M., Payne, S.J. & Gagnon, G.A. 2008. Sequential UV- and chlorine-based disinfection to mitigate Escherichia coli in drinking water biofilms. Water Research, 42: 2083-2092.

Gagnon, G.A., Murphy, H.M., Rand, J.L., Payne, S.J., Springthorpe, S., Matias, F., Nokbeh, R. &

Sattar, S.A. 2007. Coliforms in distribution systems: integrated disinfection and antimicrobial resistance. Water Research Foundation: Denver, CO, U.S.A.

Pedagogical publications

Payne, S.J. 2013. Beyond Numbers: Supporting Writing in Engineering, Teaching Innovation Projects, 3(1):3.

Current Students

Yu Pei

Program: MASc
Research Project: Electroanalytical Techniques for Chemical and Biochemical Monitoring in Water Distribution Systems

Yu Pei obtained her BSc and B.Eng from a joint program at Nankai University and Tianjin University, China. In 2019, she started her MSc program co-supervised by Dr. Sarah Jane Payne and Dr. Zhe She. Her research is focused on the development of electrochemical sensors and their application on water distribution systems. 
Kate Jackson

Program: Bachelor of Science (Hons.), Major - Chemistry, Minor - Biology.
Research Project: Reviewing electroanalytical techniques for monitoring drinking water quality.

When not at school, Kate enjoys gardening and is passionate about music.
Nishana Ramsawak  

Program: Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (co-supervised with Dr. Yves Filion)
Research Area: Biofilm growth within water distribution systems and premise plumbing

Before joining QueensU, Nishana was previously employed as an Instructor in Mathematics for Scientists at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus. She was also a Quality Control Supervisor at the Water and Sewerage Authority of Trinidad and Tobago as well as a Water Specialist Research Consultant with the Caribbean Policy Development Centre in Barbados. She holds a Master of Science degree in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and Management with minors in Marketing and Finance both from the University of the West Indies. She also obtained a certificate in International Water Law from the University of Geneva. She is an advocate for children’s education and has a scholarship in her name at her alma mater in Trinidad, where she supports education for underprivileged students.
Matt Julseth

Program: BASc (Bachelor of Applied Science – Civil Engineering)
Research Project: Analysis of inorganic contaminant interactions within a Canadian municipal drinking water distribution system using data collected from distribution system sample points and unidirectional flushing programs.

Matt is an undergraduate civil engineering student with interests in climate change resiliency, water resources, coastal engineering, and sustainable development. As global water systems are impacted by climate change, Matt is interested in understanding how new and existing infrastructure can adapt to remain effective. Away from engineering, Matt enjoys practicing guitar, spending time with family and friends, and relaxing by the lake.

Dr. Payne is building a top-tier research team of motivated graduate students who are passionate about safe drinking water and public health. Students who are keen to apply their ingenuity to tackle some of the next big challenges in water quality are encouraged to contact her directly.

Meet the team:

Nishana Ramsawak
Yu Pei
Kate Jackson
Matt Julseth

“Collaborating remotely in Summer 2020”