As global demands on fresh water resources escalate, there are mounting pressures on natural systems and increasing needs to find sustainable solutions to address global water and sanitation challenges. My research investigates degradation of organic contaminants in water reuse systems and uses optical spectroscopic techniques for rapid tracking of contaminants in these engineered systems. In natural systems, my research has delved into the biogeochemical processes that influence mobility of toxic trace elements, such as arsenic, and the transformation and natural degradation processes for aquatic organic contaminants. An important part of that is advancing our understanding of how natural organic matter (NOM) interacts with solutes, sediments, and microorganisms to influence water quality in pristine and polluted environments.
Water reuse, sanitation, and sustainability
Surface and ground water quality
NOM-microbe-trace element interactions
Atmospheric deposition and bioaerosols
PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Colorado
MS in Civil Engineering, University of Colorado
BS in Civil Engineering, University of South Florida
BA in Art, University of South Florida
May 2017. Lorelay Mendoza selected as an Honorable Mention in this year’s Best Student Presentation competition at the 2017 Southern California Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting for her poster, “Microbial Contributions to Organic Matter Optical Properties in Alvarado Creek During a Storm Event.”
March 2017. Undergrads Chelsi Pascua, Anita Sanchez, Lorelay Mendoza, and Teddy Mendoza and grad students Kristen Snyder, Joseph Wasswa, and Daniel Parsons present their research at the SDSU Student Research Symposium. Lorelay wins Provost's Award for best poster for her research on microorganism tracking in stormwater!!!
January 2017. Mladenov et al. paper "Evaluating organic carbon removal in a decentralized, anaerobic treatment system for water reuse in South Africa" selected for the 11th IWA International Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse.
December 2016. Xie et al. paper "Water soluble organic aerosols in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, USA: composition, sources and optical properties" published in Scientific Reports.
November 2016. SDSU IRES students Scolavino and Palacios present their research at the Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) held at UC Riverside. They are joined by Okamoto and O'hara from Cal Poly Pomona.