Katherine Prescott, M.Eng., OCT

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Ms. Prescott has a multidisciplinary background in science, engineering and education. She has over 20 years of experience in field and laboratory research, ecosystem and water quality modeling, and science and engineering education. Her technical areas of expertise include limnology, hydrodynamic and water quality modeling, and environmental science. In academics, Ms. Prescott has taught courses in science, geography, environmental engineering, engineering history, engineering and social responsibility, the societal control of technology, and technical communications.

Academic Background

  • Bachelor of Education, Intermediate/Senior Science and Math (Brock University)
  • Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering, Water Resources (McMaster University)
  • Bachelor of Science, Honours Biology (Queen's University)

Technical Experience

RNT Consulting Inc., Associate

  • Involved in numerous projects investigating the biology and control of dreissenid mussels.
  • Perform field and laboratory analyses on water quality and environmental suitability for dreissenids.
  • Complete data analyses and prepare technical reports for clients.

Environment Canada, Environmental Consultant

  • Completed chlorophyll a analyses on Lake Erie water samples

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environmental Consultant

  • Worked on a phosphorus budget model for the Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario.
  • Reported on water quality parameters for Cootes Paradise Marsh, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte. Work involved laboratory analyses of water samples for chlorophyll a, suspended solids, light extinction, and secchi data.

Department of Biology, McMaster University, Ecosystem Modeller

  • Modified an ecosystem model of Cootes Paradise Marsh. The model, developed in STELLA, was intended to be used as a predictive tool for restoration management.

Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Association, Scientific Support Technologist

  • Researched funding programs available for environmental projects.
  • Consulted on cottage lake water quality issues.
  • Performed duties in field sampling, data manipulation, report writing, and workshop presentations.

Aquatic Sciences Inc., Laboratory Technician

  • Worked on various Zebra Mussel Monitoring Projects that involved sampling at many industrial sites, chlorination treatments, and laboratory analyses.
  • Participated in carrying out Effluent Toxicity Tests.
  • Carried out research on industrial control methods for zebra mussels.

Academic Experience

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Queen's Univerity, Term Adjunct Lecturer

  • Prepared and delivered lectures and workshops, and prepared and graded assignments and presentations in a third year Chemical Engineering course called "Technical Communications II".

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Queen's University, Academic Assistant

  • Facilitated weekly workshops and evaluated assignments and presentations for courses called “Technical Communications I” and “Technical Communications II”.

Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, Sessional Lecturer

  • Prepared and delivered weekly lectures, prepared and graded term reports and exams for courses called "Engineering History and Its Contemporary Context", "Engineering and Social Responsibility", "Principles of Environmental Engineering", "Ecological Aspects of Engineering", and "Preventative Engineering: Environmental Aspects".

Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, Teaching Assistant

  • Supervised laboratory experiments, mediated tutorial discussions, and evaluated assignments and presentations for courses in ecological engineering, engineering and communications, and geotechnical engineering.

Arts and Science Program, McMaster University, Sessional Lecturer

  • Prepared and delivered weekly lectures, prepared and graded assignments and term reports for a course called "Technology and Society II: The Social Control of Technology".

Home Extension Learning Programs, Owner and Senior Instructor

  • Developed and delivered individual learning programs for students needing extra help in secondary school Mathematics and Science.
  • Reported regularly to parents on student progress.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, Secondary School Teacher

  • Prepared daily lessons in Grade 9 and 10 Science, Grade 11 Biology, and Grade 9 Geography.

Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Western Australia, Administrative Assistant

  • Organized guest lectures, developed and maintained course website, evaluated final exams, and coordinated final grades for a course called "Engineering and Society".

Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Western Australia, Teaching Assistant

  • Mediated tutorial sessions, organized field trips, and evaluated reports, assignments, presentations and final exams for courses called "Fluid Mechanics", "Ecological Engineering", "Our Living Earth" and "Introduction to Professional Engineering".

Publications and Presentations

Journal Publications

  • Hamilton, D. P., Spillman, C. M., Prescott, K. L., Krantz, T, K. and J. J. Magnuson. 2002. Effects of atmospheric nutrient inputs and climate change on trophic status of Crystal lake, Wisconsin. Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. 28: 467-470.
  • Tsanis, I. K., Prescott, K. L. and H. Shen. 1998. Phosphorus and suspended solids modelling for Cootes Paradise Marsh. Ecological Modelling 114(1): 1-17.
  • Prescott, K. L. and I. K. Tsanis. 1997. Mass balance modelling and wetland restoration. Ecological Engineering 9:1-18.

Other Publications

  • Prescott, K. L. 1998. Wetlands. In Stewardship of Ontario's Lakes. Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations Lake Steward Manual. Toronto, Ontario.
  • Prescott, K. L. 1998. Water Quality. In Stewardship of Ontario's Lakes: Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations Lake Steward Manual. Toronto, Ontario.

Conference Presentations

  • Prescott, K. L. 1999. Engineering the aquatic environment. Proceedings of the 1999 International Forum on Water and Sustainability. Sponsored by the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering and the Canadian International Development Agency. Regina, Saskatchewan. p. 137-150.
  • Prescott, K. L., Minns, C. K. and E. S. Millard. May 1998. Phosphorus permit trading: ecosystem health versus economics. Proceedings of the International Association for Great Lakes Research 41st Conference. Hamilton, Ontario. p.86.
  • Prescott, K. L. November 1997. Modelling for ecosystem restoration. Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Ecology and Engineering. Fremantle, Western Australia. p. 46.
  • Prescott, K. L., Doka, S. E., Minns, C. K. and J. Kolasa. June 1997. An ecosystem model for Cootes Paradise Marsh I: Overall approach and management implications. Proceedings of the International Association for Great Lakes Research 40th Conference. Buffalo, New York. p. 56.
  • Prescott, K. L., Doka, S. E., Minns, C. K. and J. Kolasa. June 1997. An ecosystem model for Cootes Paradise Marsh II: Model implementation and gaps. Proceedings of the International Association for Great Lakes Research 40th Conference. Buffalo, New York. p. 56.

Seminar Presentations

  • Prescott, K. L. and R. Claudi. January 2011. Examination of calcium and pH as predictors of dreissenid mussel survival in the California State Water Project. Presentation to the California Department of Water Resources, Sacramento, California.
  • Prescott, K. L. 2002. Simulating Ice Cover on a Lake. University of Western Australia, Department of Environmental Engineering Aquatic Chemistry and Ecology Seminar. Nedlands, Western Australia.
  • Prescott, K. L. 2002. Modelling Sediment Heat Contribution to Lake Water Temperatures. University of Western Australia, Department of Environmental Engineering Limnology Seminar. Nedlands, Western Australia.
  • Prescott, K. L. 2000. Impacts of Climate Change on Lake Processes. University of Western Australia, Department of Environmental Engineering Seminar. Nedlands, Western Australia.
  • Prescott, K. L. 1999. Engineering the aquatic environment. University of Western Australia, Department of Environmental Engineering Aquatic Chemistry and Ecology Seminar. Nedlands, Western Australia.
  • Prescott, K. L. November 1996. The fate of our lakes. The Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations Fall Seminar. Toronto, Ontario.
  • Prescott, K. L. February 1996. Cootes Paradise: a problem solving approach. McMaster University Ecowise Seminar Series. Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Prescott, K. L. May 1995. Education and interdisciplinary research. International Science and Engineering Fair. Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Prescott, K. L. and S. Haq. April 1995. Hamilton Harbour as a common property. McMaster University Ecowise Annual Workshop. Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Prescott, K. L. and I. K. Tsanis. February 1995. Restoring Cootes Paradise using hydrodynamic and pollutant transport models. McMaster University Department of Civil Engineering Seminar Series. Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Prescott, K. L. and I. K. Tsanis. September 1994. Cootes Paradise: a science/engineering perspective. McMaster University Ecowise Seminar Series. Hamilton, Ontario.