Fighting Drought with Stormwater: A Collaborative, Multicampus University of California Research Project

Date / Time:
Tuesday, Oct 8 11:00am to 11:55am
Marriott - San Carlos III
Track / Session:
Monitoring, Science, and Data Management Track / Forum: Fighting Drought with Stormwater: A Collaborative, Multicampus University of California Research Project
Short Description: 

Report of a five-campus University of California-led project researching full-scale natural treatment systems (NTS) for stormwater capture and pollutant removal, via field, lab and modeling approaches.
** We would prefer 2 sessions if possible.

Speaker / Panelist 1:
Presentation Title: Overview of MRPI Project
Stanley Grant, Virginia Tech
Biography: Stanley Grant is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, co-directing the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Lab in Manassas, Virginia. Stanley studies the fate and transport of environmental pollutants, and water recovery and conservation. He most recently is the leader of two center grants, one from the National Science Foundation (Partnerships for International Research and Education, PIRE) and another from the University of California Office of the President (Multi-Campus Research Initiative Award), both informing science and policy of NTS for stormwater capture, treatment, and reuse.
Speaker / Panelist 2:
Presentation Title: Overview of MRPI Project
Emily Parker, Virginia Tech
Biography: Emily Parker is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science from UCLA in 2014 and her M.S. in Environmental Engineering from UC Irvine in 2015. Her research is focused on green infrastructure for urban runoff management and stormwater harvesting in southern California.
Speaker / Panelist 3:
Presentation Title: Microbial Communities and Their Impact on Various Functions of Biofilter
Patricia Holden, University of California, Santa Barbara
Biography: Patricia (Trish) Holden is a Professor in the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also directs the UCSB Natural Reserve System. Trish is currently the PI of the MRPI Project, the subject of this panel, the PI on a multiyear MST project in the Santa Barbara region, and a Co-I on the NSF- and EPA funded University of California Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN). Her newly initiated research regards exposures of protected areas to tobacco products and cannabis cultivation, toward informing tobacco and cannabis control policies.
Speaker / Panelist 4:
Presentation Title: Removal of Trace Metals by Biofilter
Sumant Avasarala, University of California, Riverside
Biography: Sumant Avasarala is currently a post doctoral researcher at University of California, Riverside. He received his masters in Chemical engineering from Wayne State University in 2012 and PhD degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of New Mexico in 2018. He is current involved in the University of California’s Multi-campus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI) project, where he focuses towards understanding the fate and transport of metals in storm water.
Speaker / Panelist 5:
Presentation Title: Removal of Indicator Bacteria and Pathogens by Biofilter
Yiping Cao, Source Molecular
Biography: Yiping Cao is the chief technology officer of Source Molecular Inc. She specializes in applying advanced molecular technology, including next generation sequencing, digital PCR, in environmental applications. She authored many peer-reviewed research journal articles and 2 book chapter on subjects ranging from public health, bioremediation, microbial community analysis, and coastal water quality. She also has rich experience in applying and developing statistical tools in environmental research, particularly on the topics of experimental design, statistical analysis, and modeling.
Speaker / Panelist 6:
Presentation Title: Removal of Indicator Bacteria and Pathogens by Biofilter
Stella Shao, GSI Environmental Inc.
Biography: Stella Shao is a staff engineer with GSI Environmental. She received a M.S. from University of California, Irvine in 2013 and a B.S from Tongji University (Shanghai, China) in 2011 both in Environmental Engineering. Stella has over 5 years of experience in stormwater management and has worked extensively with regional board, municipalities, sanitation districts, local research agencies and consulting firms on matters related Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and 303(d) listing, fecal contamination source investigation, Low Impact Development (LID), data and hydrology analysis, water quality monitoring, policy and regulatory analysis and other NPDES compliance support. She is also a Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ). Outside work, Stella enjoys hiking, photography and music.