Dr. Mark Krzmarzick

EPSCoR Research Focus: 
Variable & Marginal Quality Water Supplies
Asst. Professor
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Oklahoma State University
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B.S. | Civil and Environmental Engineering | Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK | 2005
M.S. | Civil Engineering | University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN | 2008
Ph.D. | Civil Engineering | University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN | 2011
Research Interests: 

Dr. Mark Krzmarzick, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Oklahoma State University, is a member of the OK NSF EPSCoR Track-1 RII Award titled Socially Sustainable Solutions for Water, Carbon, and Infrastructure Resilience in Oklahoma. The $20 million research project is a social science-led, multi-disciplinary collaboration among social, physical, biological, engineering, and computational scientists. More than thirty researchers from across the state are working together on the project, which began July 1, 2020. 

Dr. Krzmarzick's research supports the project's Focus Area 3: Variable and Marginal Quality Water Supplies (V-MQW). The V-MQW Supplies focus area addresses issues surrounding Oklahoma’s water demands, which are projected to increase 600,000 acre-feet per year between 2007-2060. Reliable water supplies are needed to provide for these demands while meeting the state’s goal of capping freshwater use to 2010 levels. However, freshwater supplies are declining due to reservoir sedimentation and groundwater overdraft and are increasingly vulnerable to S2S variability. Concurrently, volumes of oil and gas ‘produced water,’ municipal wastewater, and stormwater are increasing with continued oil and gas development and urbanization. Disposal of produced waters has been correlated with seismicity, potentially impacting infrastructure and resulting in energy production curtailment in some regions. The challenge is finding a mix of solutions that allow Oklahoma’s diverse array of MQW to be economically treated for beneficial use to address water scarcity related to changing seasonal to subseasonal weather patterns, waste disposal, and infrastructure risk while supporting continued energy production and economic growth. 

Dr. Krzmarzick’s Research Interests

My research interests are as follows: (1) To further our understanding of the microbial degradation of toxic anthropogenic chemicals by studying parallel natural biogeochemical processes and microbial ecology, (2) To study the ability of bacteria in ‘natural’ and ‘built’ environments to degrade emerging contamination issues, such as antimicrobials, pharmaceuticals, and oil/gas industry fluids, and (3) To develop and utilize DNA/RNA based tools and bioinformatics to study bacterial degradation of both emerging contaminants and legacy pollutants.

Learn more about the OK NSF EPSCoR research project.

Key Publications: 
  • Fu, X., M. J. Krzmarzick. Trace metal concentrations impact the relative abundances of bacterial-sourced disinfection byproduct precursors. Submitted, In Review.
  • Lozano, T. M., A. L. McCutchan, & M. J. Krzmarzick. (2019) Hydraulic fracturing fluid compositions induce differential enrichment of soil bacterial communities. Environmental Engineering Science, 36:385-395.
  • Krzmarzick, M. J., D. K. Taylor, X. Fu, & A. L. McCutchan. (2018) Diversity and niche of Archaea in bioremediation. Archaea, Article ID 3194108.
  • Lim, M. L., M. D. Brooks, M. A. Boothe, & M. J. Krzmarzick. (2018) Novel bacterial diversity is enriched with chloroperoxidase-reacted organic matter under anaerobic conditions. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 94:fiy050.
  • Li, G., R. Sierra-Alvarez, D. Vilcherrez, S. Weiss, C. Gill, M. J. Krzmarzick, L. Abrell, & J. A. Field. (2016) Nitrate reverses severe nitrite inhibition of anaerobic ammonium oxidation (Anammox) activity in continuously-fed bioreactors. Environmental Science & Technology 50(19):10518-10526.
  • Smith, B. J. K., M. A. Boothe, B. A. Fiddler, T. M. Lozano, R. K. Rahi & M. J. Krzmarzick. (2015) Enumeration of organohalide respirers in municipal wastewater anaerobic digesters. Microbiology Insights 8(S2):9-14.
  • Krzmarzick, M. J., R. Sierra, J. Chorover, R. Khatiwada, & J. A. Field. (2015) Biotransformation and degradation of the insensitive munition compound, 3-nitro-1,2,4-triazol-5-one (NTO), by soil bacterial communities. Environmental Science and Technology 49:5681-5688.
  • Krzmarzick, M. J., H. R. Miller, T. Yan, & P. J. Novak. (2014) Novel Firmicutes group implicated in the dechlorination of two chlorinated xanthones, analogues of natural organochlorines. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 80:1210-1218.
  • Krzmarzick, M. J., P. J. McNamara, B. B. Crary, & P. J. Novak. (2013) Abundance and diversity of organohalide-respiring bacteria in lake sediments across a geographical sulfur gradient. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 84:248-258.
  • Krzmarzick, M. J., B. B. Crary, J. J. Harding, O. O. Oyerinde, A. C. Leri, S. C. B. Myneni, & P. J. Novak. (2012) Natural niche for organohalide-respiring Chloroflexi. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 78:393-401.
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