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 organics in water reuse systems and uses optical spectroscopic techniques for rapid tracking of contaminants in 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
June 2017. Jose Paredez' paper, "A soil column study to evaluate treatment of trace elements from saline industrial wastewater" accepted in WS&T!
June 2017. Undergraduates on the IRES Sustainable Sanitation Project, Lauren Steinberg, Zoë Orandle, Kevin Clack, and Alexia Mackey (CPP) embark upon new research projects at UKZN, Durban, South Africa.
June 2017. Lorelay Mendoza receives prestigious MARC scholarship to support her undergraduate research.
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.