Patricia Keen completed three degrees at the University of British Columbia (B.S. in Chemistry, 1986; Master’s, 2002; and Ph.D. 2009 in Resource Management and Environmental Science) and a Diploma of Technology in Chemistry and Metallurgy (British Columbia Institute of Technology, 1981). She has extensive experience in applied environmental research and technology development gained from employment in the private, public, and academic sectors.  She has completed several years as a teacher and student supervisor in the department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Her corporate experience includes project management, commercialization of technologies, and business development related to environmental science and sustainability.

Recent Projects/Research

  • Antibiotics, antimicrobial resistance genes and antimicrobial resistant organisms as environmental contaminants
  • Environmental effects of trace metals, inorganic and organic pollutants on water quality
  • Fate and effects of emerging contaminants in the wastewater treatment process
  • Sustainability and the food–energy–water nexus
  • Resilience of complex ecosystems and adaptation to effects of climate change


  • Patricia L. Keen and Raphaël Fugère, editors, Antimicrobial Resistance in the Wastewater Treatment Process (Wiley Blackwell, 2018)
  • Patricia L. Keen and Mark H.M.M. Montforts, editors, Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment (Wiley Blackwell 2012)
  • Keen, Patricia L., Charles W. Knapp, Kenneth J. Hall & David W. Graham.   2018.  Seasonal dynamics of tetracycline resistance gene transport in the Sumas River agricultural watershed of British Columbia, Canada.  Science of the Total Environment 628–629: 490–498.
  • Patrick, David M., Rachel McKay and Patricia L. Keen.  2017. Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Oxford Bibliographies in Public Health. Ed. David V. McQueen. New York: Oxford University Press.  2017-08-23.
  • Rothrock, Michael J. Jr., Patricia L. Keen, Kimberly L. Cook, Lisa M. Durso, Alison M. Franklin & Robert S. Dungan.  2015. How should we be determining background and baseline antibiotic resistance levels in agroecosystem research? J. Environ. Qual.
  • Miranda, Claudio D., Alfredo Tello & Patricia L. Keen.  2013. Mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in finfish aquaculture environments.  Front. Microbiol., doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2013233Miranda.
  • Keen, Patricia L. & David M. Patrick.  2013. Tracking change: A look at the ecological footprint of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance. Antibiotics 2(2): 191-205; doi:10.3390/antibiotics2020191

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • Introduction to Environmental Technology
  • Systems Engineering Management
  • Sustainability and the Environment

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