Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of New Hampshire
Co-director, Coastal Response Research Center
Nancy Kinner is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). She has been co-director of the Coastal Response Research Center, a partnership between UNH and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), since 2004. The Center brings together the resources of a research-oriented university and the field expertise of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration to conduct and oversee basic and applied research, conduct outreach, and encourage strategic partnerships in spill response, assessment, and restoration. Kinner's research explores the role of bacteria and protists in the biodegradation of petroleum compounds and chlorinated solvents. In addition, she teaches courses on environmental microbiology, marine pollution and control, the fundamentals of environmental engineering, and environmental sampling and analysis. Kinner received an A.B. from Cornell University in biology (ecology and systematics) and an M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire, where she joined the faculty. She has conducted funded research projects for agencies and research organizations including USEPA, NSF, the American Water Works Association Research Foundation (AwwaRF), the Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET), and the NH Department of Environmental Services.