I am a 3rd year PhD candidate in Environmental Science and Engineering at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science. My research focuses on the fate and transport of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in aquatic environments. I combine field data, laboratory studies, and statistical models to indentify sources of PFAS to the environment and dominant hydrological and biochemical processes that affect their behavior.
I am originally from Denver, Colorado and received a BS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. I originally became interested in PFAS when a friend's family asked me why the military showed up at their house near Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs asking to test their well for PFOS and PFOA. Before my interest in PFAS, I studied the chemistry of wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and treatment technolgoies.