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 to promote water-energy-food 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
Undergraduate research opportunity on the San Diego River. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
July 2017. Lorelay Mendoza presents research on bacteria in Alvarado Creek to San Diego River Conservancy.