Sarah Jane Payne

Assistant Professor

Office: Ellis-247

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.

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.