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Alexandria Boehm (Professor)

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Personal bio
My primary research area is coastal water quality, and recently I have expanded my research to include activities on sanitation more broadly. The work on coastal water quality is focused on understanding the sources, transformation, transport, and ecology of biocolloids - specifically fecal indicator organisms, pathogens, and phytoplankton, as well as sources and fate of nitrogen and phosphorus. This knowledge is crucial to directing new policies, and management and engineering practices that protect human and ecosystem health along the coastal margin. The work on sanitation aims to develop microbial risk assessment models to gain a better understanding of how pathogens are transmitted to humans through their contact with water, feces, and contaminated surfaces. Research is focused on key problems in developed and developing countries. The goal is to design and test effective interventions and technologies for reducing the burden of infectious disease. Environmental science and engineering, by its very nature, is multi-disciplinary. In order to be successful, students must be grounded in fundamental sciences and also have the know-how to apply the fundamentals to real, complex problems. Because there are also regulatory, political, and social components to real environmental problems, the most successful environmental science and engineering problem-solvers will have a background in these broader domains as well. With these challenges in mind, I have developed four multi-disciplinary classes that aim to supply the fundamentals for applied environmental problem solving: CEE 175A/275A California Coast: Science, Policy, and Law, CEE 272 Coastal Contaminants, CEE 274E Pathogens in the Environment, CEE 271M Transport Phenomena, and CEE 274P Environmental Health Microbiology Lab. CEE 175A/275A is an iEarth class at Stanford that I co-teach with two law professors (Deborah Sivas and Meg Caldwell). The class is very popular with students from the Law School, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Earth Systems Science.

Currently teaching
CEE 271M: Transport Phenomena: Momentum, heat and mass transport (Winter)
CEE 272: Coastal Contaminants (Winter)
CEE 371M: Transport Phenomena: Momentum, heat and mass transport (Winter)
CEE 374Z: Urban Water Conflicts (Autumn)
OSPSANTG 76: Urban Water (Spring)
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