Current Research Projects
Biochar for a sustainable FEW nexus
Biochar generated from waste streams has multiple applications in the FEW nexus, from sustainable agriculture to wastewater treatment and to resource recovery, and can simultaneously contribute to a circular economy and a sustainable FEW nexus.
Aquatic intermittency effects on microbiomes in streams (AIMS)
AIMS implements collaborative science and interdisciplinary methods to study intermittent streams, leveraging environmental "Big Data" tools to explore data generated by microbiome sequencing, environmental sensors, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Microbial communities in the bioenergy feedstock supply chain
The biomass feedstock supply chain, including harvesting, collection, baling, transport, drying, storage and pre-treatment, bridges biomass production in fields to industrial processing. Microbial activities can influence the chain at multiple stages, and require targeted management to reach the overall bioenergy sustainability.
Interactions between microbes and engineered nanomaterials
Nanomaterials represent a group of emerging contaminants that pose a risk to various ecosystems. Microorganisms and their ecosystem services are influenced by nanotoxicity. On the other hand, microbes undergo rapid evolution and are a source of bioremediation solutions.