I was raised in the Northeast and attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut for my undergraduate education, earning a bachelor's degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences. After college, I worked as a geologist in environmental consulting for a number of years. During that time, I experienced first-hand the challenges associated with the clean-up of contaminated sites. From these experiences, I developed an interest in improving our ability to understand and remediate contamination. I brought this interest with me to graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I worked on projects addressing the remediation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contaminated soil and groundwater. After obtaining my Ph.D., I continued research at UNC as a postdoc, investigating the behavior of fracking fluids in the subsurface. My current research interests include the use of chemical oxidants to remediate contaminated sites and continuing to improve understanding the behavior of fracking and other non-Newtonian fluid in porous medium systems. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and, recently, running.
Current Students and Volunteers
Alfredo Estrada (Grad)
Alfredo joined the group in Fall 2020. He is characterizing crude oil from natural oil seeps throughout Southern California and investigating their impact on water quality.
Georgina (Judy) Campos (Grad)
Co-advised with Dr. Priya Ganguli, Judy joined the group in Fall 2021. She is investigating the transport and deposition of trace metals following the Woolsey Fire.
Sina Sadeghi (Grad)
Sina is working on the enhanced ISCO project, investigating the use of xanthan gum-permanganate solutions for the degradation of PAH contaminants in groundwater.
Kyle Ikeda (Volunteer)
Kyle is a former CSUN undergraduate who has continued to assist with lab and field work as a volunteer. He has been involved with nearly all of the group's projects, and has been especially indispensable in processing soil samples for analysis, field sampling, and researching and scouting natural oil seeps in the area.
Past Students and Volunteers
(Michael on far right).
Michael Kushner (Undergrad)
Michael was an undergraduate student who graduated in Spring 2021. He completed and successfully defended his honors thesis on organic contaminants associated with the Woolsey Fire.