Nancy Kinner

  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • UNH Director of The Coastal Response Center (CRRC)
  • Director of The Center for Spills in the Environment

Ph.D. University of New Hampshire 1983

Research Areas

Bioremediation, microbial ecology of contaminated environments, remediation and monitoring of contaminated subsurface environments, oil spill bioremediation, response and restoration.

Research Emphasis

Dr. Kinner is the UNH Director of the Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) and the Director of the Center for Spills in the Environment (CSE). CRRC is a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Response and Restoration (ORR) and the University of New Hampshire (UNH). The goal of CRRC is to reduce the consequences of spills and other hazards that threaten coastal environments and communities by conducting research, developing new response and restoration methods, and transferring technology to practitioners. It serves as a hub for local, national and international oil spill communities. The mission of CRRC is to: 1) conduct and oversee basic and applied research on spill response and restoration; 2) transform research results into practice; 3) conduct outreach and encourage strategic partnerships to improve preparedness and response; and 4) educate the next generation of the oil spill community. The CSE is a similar focused center for entities and projects unrelated to NOAA.

Courses Taught

  • ENE 400: Environmental Engineering Lectures
  • ENE 743/CiE 943: Advanced Hazardous Waste and Environmental Sampling and Analysis
  • ENE 756/CiE 856: Environmental Engineering Microbiology
  • ENE 645: Fundamental Aspects of Environmental Engineering
  • ENE 520: Environmental Pollution and Protection
  • ENE 747/CiE 847:Intro. to Marine Pollution and Control


Gundersen, L.C.S., Harley, N.H., Hess, C.T., Kinner, N.E., Kopecky, K.J., McKone, T.E., Sextro, R.G. and Simon, S.L. Health risks due to radon in drinking water. Environment. Science Technol. 34: 921-926.

Kinner, N.E. Chapter 4: Aerobic fixed film processes. In Wastewater Biology. The Habitats. M. Gerardi (ed.) Water Environment Federation. Alexandra, VA. (In Press).

Kinner, N.E., Harvey, R.W., Blakeslee, K., Novarino, G. and Meeker, L.D. Size-selective predation on groundwater bacteria by nanoflagellates in an organically-contaminated aquifer. Applied Environ. Microbiol. 64:618-625 (1998).

Kinner, N.E., Harvey, R.W. and Kazmierkiewicz-Tabaka, M. Effect of flagellates on free-living bacterial abundance in an organically-contaminated aquifer. FEMS Microbiol. Rev. 20:249 (1997).

Kinner, N.E., Lyons, W.B., Rice, Ph.D., Durling, D.B., and Gress, D.L. Geochemistry and metals concentrations in marine sediments exposed to solidified/stabilized municipal solid waste incinerator ash. Waste Management. 15:221 (1995).

Harvey, R.W., Kinner, N.E., Bunn, A., MacDonald, D. and Metge, D. Transport behavior of groundwater protozoa and protozoa-sized microspheres in sandy sediments. Applied Environmental Microbiology. 61:209 (1995).

Kinner, N.E., Malley, J.P., Clement, J.A. and Fox, K.R. "Using POE techniques to remove radon." Journal American Water Works Association. 86:75 (1993).

Kinner, N.E., J.P. Malley, Jr., J.A. Clement, P.A. Quern, G.S. Schell and Lessard, C.E. "Effects of sampling techniques, storage, cocktails, sources of variation and extraction on the liquid scintillation technique for radon in water." Environmental Science and Technology 25:1165-1171 (1991).

Kinner, N.E. and Ballestero, T.P. Movement, Monitoring and In Situ Biodegradation of Gasoline in Ground Water. NH Department of Environmental Services, Concord, NH, 1990, 248 pp.


Gregg Hall, Room 236

Durham, NH 03824

Research Areas: 
Coastal Restoration
Marine Microbiology