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Hello! I am a Ph.D. candidate in environmental Engineering at the University of Arizona. I am originally from Mexico City, where my life-long engagement with environmental research and science sparked after cancelled recesses due to high air pollution indices and listening to radio news reports on global environmental crises and successes, such as the ozone layer depletion and the international mitigation efforts. My passion for the environment and cultures, has guided me to pursue my higher education in environmental/chemical engineering and also in French literature and culture. My current work focuses on coupling environmental fate and biotransformation of nitroaromatic pollutants with their toxicology implications to better characterize the potential risk hazard to local communities and ecosystems. I am committed to science communication and outreach by helping develop and improve access educational materials to communities facing environmental issues and writing for non-specialized audiences.

My long-term vision is to become a professor at a research university in order to tackle global and local environmental issues from a multidisciplinary and multicultural perspective and to help student engage with environmental engineering and science.

Research interests

  • Environmental fate of organic and inorganic pollutants
  • Microbial Toxicity
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Climate change and microbial carbon and nitrogen fluxes

Current Research


Previous Research

  • Environmental fate of arsenic in bench-scale columns simulating mature landfill conditions.
  • As(III) and As(V) adsorption to vivianite.

Service

  • Ad hoc reviewer Environmental Engineering Science
  • UA Superfund Center - Tohono O'Odham Community College Mining Tribal Educational Modules Jan.-May 2014
  • Co-chair 'Emerging contaminant and pollutant mixtures' session, Superfund Annual Meeting 2013, Louisiana State University Oct. 2013
  • Tucson, AZ Hazardous Household Waste Program Feb - Nov. 2012
  • AZ Water for People fundraiser – Tour de Tucson Nov. 2013

Selected Awards, Fellowships, Honors

  • Best Oral Presentation. University of Arizona Chemical and Environmental Engineering Graduate Research Symposium, 2014
  • Water Sustainability Program Fellowship (Grant), 2014-2015
  • NIH Superfund Research Program KC Donnelly Externship Supplement (Grant), 2014
  • Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society Scholarship, 2014
  • EPA Superfund Trainee Program Fellowship University of Arizona 2012-2013, 2013-2014
  • Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT) Fellowship, 2011-2015
  • University of Arizona College of Engineering Fellowship, 2011-2012