Research Projects

Maximizing Pollutant Removal with
Low Impact Development (LID) & 
Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Designs 

Overarching Research Goal: to improve our collective understanding of water pollution sources, physical, biological, and chemical pollution removal mechanisms, the economic feasibility of pollution removal strategies, and the potential for scaling solutions globally, in the context of climate change.

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Current Research Project & Role: As research affiliate faculty at the University of Hawaii, Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), I mentor undergraduate and graduate students and conduct interdisciplinary research with UH Faculty. Our current experiment in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department includes testing removal of E. coli, dissolved nutrients, total suspended solids, dissolved heavy metals by local HI soil/biochar/wood chips/compost/volcanic cinder in various proportions, under saturation and unsaturation conditions. Results will be used to develop a City Specification for Engineered Soil Media to be put in all BMP’s required under the new City and County of Honolulu Stormwater Rules.

Partners: University of Hawaii Water Resource Research Center, EcoSolutions, WSP, City and County of Honolulu, Island Topsoil

Publications:

Doctoral Dissertation: Evaluating Stormwater Pollutant Removal Mechanisms by Bioretention
in the Context of Climate Change
University of Vermont, Plant & Soil Science Department

Partners: Dr. Stephanie Hurley (Advisor), Dr. Carol Adair (Co-Advisor), Paliza Shrestha (PhD Candidate)

Take a Virtual Tour of This Research Project: 

Welcome to the University of Vermont Bioretention Laboratory

International Development: Water & Sanitation
Riverbank Filtration
Dandeli, India

Partners: Dr. Tom Boving, University of Rhode Island, The Energy Resource Research Institute, World Bank Development Program