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Vet Med 3B

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Melissa Partyka


Staff Associate Researcher



Vet Med 3B

Phone: (530) 754-9752

Research Interests

Dr. Melissa Partyka is interested in the spatial dynamics and networks of waterborne pathogens and their transmission through marine benthic communities to humans via recreational activities.


Chase, J. A., E. R. Atwill, M. L. Partyka, R. F. Bond, and D. Oryang. 2017. Inactivation of E. coli O157:H7 in a fecal slurry matrix when inoculated onto romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas Valley, CA. J Food Prot, in press.

Partyka, M. L., R. F. Bond, J. A. Chase, and E. R. Atwill. 2017. Monitoring bacterial indicators of water quality in a tidally influenced delta: A Sisyphean pursuit. Science of The Total Environment 578: 346-356. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.10.179.

Partyka, M.L., R.F. Bond, J.A. Chase, L. Kiger and E.R. Atwill. 2016. Multistate Evaluation of Microbial Water and Sediment Quality from Agricultural Recovery Basins. Journal of Environmental Quality 45: p. 657-665. doi:10.2134/jeq2015.06.0323.

Partyka, M.L. and R. F. Bond. 2016. Agricultural Water Testing under FSMA-Where to Start: Washington State Tree Fruit Association Annual Meeting, Wenatchee, WA. December 5th-8th.

Partyka, M.L. and R. F. Bond. 2016. Agricultural Water Testing under FSMA: Getting There from Here. Washington State University Extension 36th Annual Food Safety and Sanitation, Portland, OR. November 8th-9th.

M.L. Partyka. 2016. Collaborating for FSMA Compliance- We’re all in this together. National Water Resources Association, Western Water Seminar. Sun Valley, ID. August 3rd– 5th.

Bond, R. F., M. L. Partyka, and J. A. Chase. 2016. Water Sampling 101. Good Fruit Grower Magazine. July 13th 2016. Article by Shannon Dininny-Good Fruit Grower.

Partyka, M.L., R. F. Bond, and I. Hanrahan. 2016. Water Sampling Done Simply. Washington State University Tree Fruit Extension. Washington State University/Washington State Tree Fruit Research Commission/Western Center for Food Safety.

Partyka, M. L., R. F. Bond, and E. R. Atwill. 2016. Grazing management practice implementation and assessment in one or more targeted watersheds in the Lahontan Region, or “Rivers and Ranches” Final Report prepared for the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, Agreement Number (BSTP-UCD-11-01).

Karp, D. S., S. Gennet, C. Kilonzo, M. L. Partyka, N. Chaumont, E. R. Atwill, and C. Kremen. 2015. Comanaging fresh produce for nature conservation and food safety. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112:11126-11131.

E.R. Atwill, M. L. Partyka and R. F. Bond. 2015. Challenges and Opportunities for Implementing FSMA’s Irrigation Water Quality Regulations Washington State Water Resources Association 2015 Annual Conference and Membership Meeting.  Spokane, Washington. December 4th.

Partyka, M. L., R. F. Bond, J. A. Chase, and E. R. Atwill. Clamming for bacteria: impacts of human disturbance on sediment microbial quality in two California bays. 23rd Biennial Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference. Portland, OR.  November 8th-12th.