Yolanda M. Brooks
Yolanda M. BrooksAssistant Professor, Biology
Ph.D., Michigan State University
B.S., Michigan State University

Get In Touch

Mercy Hall 103 | 207-893-7931 | ybrooks@sjcme.edu

Teaches Medical Microbiology, Microbiology and Cell Biology

Scholarly interests- Recreational water quality, Drinking water protection, Fecal pollution, Environmental Health

Yolanda Brooks’ research interests are in the maintaining public health through the protection of drinking water supplies and beaches. Her previous research included a performance evaluation of novel water treatment technologies in rural Honduras. She has also demonstrated that adverse tastes and smells of drinking water peri-urban Kenya are associated with the presence of fecal pollution in these water supplies. Brooks was a Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell University and a visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY-Oswego. Professor Brooks’ personal interests are yoga, traveling, spending time with family.


Brooks, Y.M. Visits to the writing center and office hours provide students structured reflection and low-stakes feedback on scientific writing in an Introductory Biology course. Course Source.

Brooks, Y.M., Tenorio-Moncado, E.A., Gohil, N.G.**, Yu, Y.**, Estrada-Mendez, M.*, Bardales, G., Richardson, R.E. Performance evaluation of gravity-fed water treatment systems in rural Honduras during wet and dry weather: verifying robust removal of turbidity and Escherichia coli. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2018, 94, 881-888.

Mayer, R., Reischer, G., Ixenmaier, S., Derx, J., Blaschke, A.P., Ebdon, J., Linke, R., Egle, L., Ahmed, W., Blanch, A., Byamukama, D., Savill, M., Mushi, D., Cristóbal, H., Edge, T., Schade, M., Aslan, A., Brooks, Y.M., Sommer, R., Masago, Y., Sato, M., Taylor, H., Rose, J., Wuertz, S., Shanks, O., Piringer, H., Mach, R., Savio, D., Zessner, M., Farnleitner, A. Global Distribution of Human-associated Fecal Genetic Markers in Reference Samples from Six Continents. Environmental Science and Technology, 2018, 52, 5076-5084.

Brooks, Y.M., Collins, S., Boateng, G.O., Mbullo, P., Young, S.L., Richardson, R.E. Evaluating human sensory perceptions and the Compartment Bag Test assays as proxies for the presence and concentration of Escherichia coli in drinking water in western Kenya: Suggestions for monitoring SDGs in low resource settings. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2017, 97, 1005-1008. #Featured in an editorial by Christine Stauber in American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Brooks, Y.M., M.M. Baustian, M. Baskaran, N.E. Ostrom, Rose, J.B. Historical Associations of Molecular Measurements of Escherichia coli and Enterococci to Anthropogenic Activities and Climate Variables in Freshwater Sediment Cores. Environmental Science & Technology, 2016, 50, 6902–6911.

Brooks, Y.M., Aslan, A., Tamrakar, S., Murali, B., Mitchell, J., Rose, J.B. Analysis of the persistence of enteric markers in sewage polluted water on a solid matrix and in liquid suspension. Water Research, 2015, 76, 201–212.

*Mentored undergraduate student; ** Mentored graduate student


Nominated for the 2018 SUNY-Oswego Residence Hall Association’s Professor Recognition Award