Who We Are

Principal Investigator, rachel.scholes@ubc.ca

Dr. Rachel Scholes

Rachel Scholes (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Scholes brings experience in environmental chemistry, engineering, and safer chemical alternatives in order to address contaminants of concern for human and environmental health. Her research focuses on optimizing trace contaminant removal in engineered and nature-based water treatment systems, and on identifying alternatives to harmful chemicals. Dr. Scholes earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University.

Ph.D. student

Yanru Wang

Yanru is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She completed her M.Eng. (2020) in Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. She is interested in the fate and transformation of trace organic contaminants (i.e., biocides) in stormwater runoff and Best Management Practices (BMPs) for these contaminants. For her M.Eng. study, Yanru investigated the flood mitigation capacity of bioretention. Currently, her research focuses on developing new media in wetlands for stormwater management and treatment. She hopes to convert stormwater from a waste to a resource through rigorous natural treatment systems.

MASc student

Cayla Anderson

Cayla Anderson is a MASc student in Civil Engineering at UBC.  She is originally from Los Angeles, CA and received her B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a minor in Sustainable Design from the University of California, Berkeley.  Cayla is primarily interested in constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment – specifically the fate and transport of emerging contaminants in these systems.  She is also interested in the promise of constructed wetlands as an alternative to traditional wastewater treatment technologies in communities that lack the resources for expensive, energy intensive systems.  In her spare time Cayla enjoys hiking, backpacking, yoga and thinking about her dog Skye.

Undergraduate student

Antonio Dias

Antonio is an Undergraduate Student from Toronto, Ontario, studying Honors Oceanography & Biology with a minor in Microbiology at UBC. He is particularly interested in methods of ocean/waterway conservation and sustainability, specifically in relation to the protection of endangered aquatic species from biochemical toxins, waste and runoff.

Undergraduate student

Sam Watanabe

Sam is an undergraduate student studying pharmacology & toxicology at the University of Toronto. As a Vancouverite himself, he is thrilled to be working on a project so close to home this summer. He is particularly interested in how contaminants in drinking water affect biological systems and is currently identifying chemical byproducts of interest produced by UV disinfection. 

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