Civil Engineering
Phone: (208) 885-6782
Toll-free: 88-88-UIDAHO
Fax: (208) 885-6608
Email: civilengr@uidaho.edu

Buchanan Engineering (BEL)
Room 102

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1022
Moscow, ID 83844-1022


Contact Denise Engebrecht
Phone: (208) 364-6123
Fax: (208) 364-3160
Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Idaho Water Center
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702

Idaho Falls

Contact Debbie Caudle
Phone: (208) 282-7983
Fax: (208) 282-7929
Email: debrac@uidaho.edu

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Distance Education

Engineering Outreach
Phone: (208) 885-6373
Toll-free: (800) 824-2889
Fax: (208) 885-9249
E-mail: outreach@uidaho.edu


Erik Coats

Erik R. Coats, Ph.D., P.E.

Office: Buchanan 129
Phone: 208-885-7559
Email: ecoats@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: c/o Civil Engineering Department
P.O. Box 441022
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1022

College of Engineering
Civil Engineering
Associate Professor

Campus Locations: Moscow

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Biological removal of pharmaceuticals
    • Sustainable treatment technologies
    • Biological nutrient removal
    • Water reuse
  • Biography

    Advancements in the field of molecular biology, microbiology, genetics, biotechnology, and proteomics provide environmental engineers additional tools to investigate the fundamental operations occurring in biological systems.

    My research activities are focused on integrating these various disciplines and utilizing these tools to:

    • Develop a fundamental understanding of the structure and function of engineered systems,
    • Apply this knowledge in the design of new treatment systems and the optimization of existing technologies,
    • and Develop and apply molecular probes that can be applied by field personnel in real-time monitoring and optimization.
  • Selected Publications
    • Coats, Erik R.; Loge, Frank J.; Smith, William A.; Thompson, David N.; Wolcott, Michael P. 2007. Functional stability in a mixed microbial consortia producing PHA from waste carbon sources. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology.
    • Coats, Erik R.; Loge, Frank J.; Englund, Karl; Wolcott, Michael P.; McDonald, Armando G. 2008. Production of natural fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites through the use of PHB-rich biomass. Bioresource Technology.
    • Coats, Erik R.; Loge, Frank J.; Englund, Karl; Wolcott, Michael P.; McDonald, Armando G. 2007. Synthesis of polyhydroxyalkanoates in municipal wastewater treatment. Water Environment Research..
    • Liu, Hsin-Ying; Hall, Patrizia V.; Darby, Jeannie L.; Coats, Erik R.; Green, Peter G.; Thompson, Donald E.; Loge, Frank J. Production of poly(hydroxyalkanoate) during treatment of tomato cannery wastewater. Water Environment Research. 2008.
    • VanderVoort, Kristen E.; Darby, Jeannie L.; Coats, Erik R.; Loge, Frank J. Production of polyhydroxyalkanoates on primary solids concurrent with municipal wastewater treatment. Water Environment Research. 2009-in revision.
  • Research Projects
    • Advancement of a sustainable microbial wastewater treatment process for the removal of phosphorus
    • Synthesis of biological, biodegradable thermoplastics coupled with wastewater treatment
    • Removal and fate of zinc in compost bioreactors treating mine drainage