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BWC Alumni

James Barazesh


Environmental Engineering

Research Areas: Electrochemical Water Treatment

Sample Projects: Advanced Oxidation Processes enabled by cathodic hydrogen peroxide production and  Mechanism of Electrochemical Organic Contaminant Degradation in the presence of halide and carbonate ions.

Samantha Bear


Environmental Engineering, Sedlak Lab

Research Areas: Areas of research/expertise: Water chemistry, trace organic contaminants, natural treatment systems

Sample Projects: Prado demonstration scale open-water wetlands for wastewater polishing, vegetated wetlands for wastewater polishing

Tom Bruton

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Areas: My research involves environmental chemistry and groundwater remediation
Sample Projects: In situ chemical oxidation of organic groundwater contaminants: new insights for perfluoroalkyl acid and AFFF remediation and peroxide-activated persulfate.

Aidan Cecchetti

Civil and Environmental Engineering


Research Areas: Nutrient cycling in natural systems and environmental chemistry


Sample Projects: The Oro Loma Project/Subsurface flow wetlands.

Joe Charbonet


CEE/Environmental Engineering/Water Quality

Research Areas: Stormwater Quality/Trance Organic Contaminants

Sample Projects: Reactive Geomedia for Passive Treatment of Organic Stormwater Contaminants

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Karina A. Chavarria

Environmental Engineering
Research Areas: Drinking water and sanitation in developing countries, Microbial ecology of built environments
Sample Projects: Microbial Ecology of Drinking Water Distribution Systems Under Intermittent Water Supply


Katya Cherukumilli


Environmental Engineering

Research Areas: Drinking water provision in rural India, Development engineering, novel adsorbents

Sample Projects: An Ultra Low-Cost Approach to Remediate Groundwater Fluoride Contamination in India

Alasdair Cohen

Project Scientist and Environmental Health Researcher

Berkeley Water Center and the College of Natural Resources

Research Areas: Drinking water supply and treatment in rural areas; Water and development policy; Environmental Health; Indicator design and evaluation (and poverty metrics); China

Sample ProjectsRecreational water quality & environmental health in the Philippines,  Berkeley/China-CDC Program for Water & Health (multiple ongoing and planned projects), Evaluating Household Water Treatment in Rural ChinaThe Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool (MPAT) with the United Nation’s IFAD

Sharada Prasad CS

Energy and Resources Group
Research Areas: Water and Sanitation access in low income countries, Nutrient recovery from human waste, Sanitation work and Indian caste system
Sample Project: Opportunities and Barriers for reusing fecal sludge in Indian agriculture

Caroline Delaire

Environmental Engineering
Research Areas: Arsenic and microbe removal from groundwater; behavior change and adoption of safe water options in low-income communities.
Sample Projects: Access to safe water in the Bengal Basin

Asavari Devadiga

City and Regional Planning
Areas of Research/Expertise: Water infrastructure planning & governance, environmental planning, hydrology, water/wastewater quality, stormwater, NPDES permits
Sample Projects: Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project, Richmond Advanced Recycled Water Project (with EBMUD), Urban water service delivery (India), Water and Sanitation Infrastructure in urban informal settlements (Kenya), Reforms in water governance in Latin America and Asia.
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Erica Fuhrmeister

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Areas: Water and sanitation in low and middle income countries, environmental microbiology, pathogen transmission
Sample Projects: R01 Sanitation Impact Study

Sasha Harris-Lovett


Energy and Resources Group

Research Areas: Water recycling, decision-making about water infrastructure, science communication

Sample Projects: Beyond User Acceptance: A legitimacy framework for potable water reuse in California;  Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis for Sustainable Nutrient Management

Christopher Hyun

Energy & Resources Group
Research Areas: Water Governance, South Asia, Urban Water Utilities, Street-Level Bureaucracy, and Ganga River Basin
Sample Projects: Why Street Level Bureaucrats “Comply”: Insights from an ICT Intervention in India’s Urban Water Sector (Development Impact Lab/USAID) and Sustainable Indian Water Infrastructure Project: A Systems Approach (Institute for South Asia Studies/Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative)

Olga Kavvada


Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate/Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Areas: Water/Wastewater infrastructure management, Decentralized water reuse assessment, Life-cycle assessment, Environmental and economic assessment, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Decision-making tools

Sample Projects: Feasibility assessment of the off-the-grid water/wastewater infrastructure

Florybeth La Valle

Postdoctoral Researcher

Environmental Science, Policy, and Management


Research areas: Spatially and temporally explicit analyses pertaining to coastal communities and water quality parameters, effects of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) on benthic communities


Sample projects: Effects of SGD on community composition and productivity of coral reefs, SGD-derived nutrient uptake in coastal ecosystems, decadal and inter-island community assessments of Hawaii’s intertidal ecosystems, building undergraduate level marine- and field-based research curricula and programs

Emily Marron


Environmental Engineering
Research Areas: Water reuse, environmental chemistry, photochemistry
Sample Projects: Low molecular weight compounds in direct potable water reuse

Scott Evan Miller


Environmental Engineering

Research Areas: Wastewater reuse; environmental microbiology; biological stability of drinking water; flow cytometry

Sample Projects: Impact of wastewater advanced treatment processes on the microbiology of direct potable reuse systems

Rachel Scholes

PhD Student

Environmental Engineering

Research areas: Treatment wetlands, water reuse, brine management, photochemistry

Sample projects: Treatment of reverse osmosis concentrate from potable water reuse