Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Center for Ocean Solutions, Water, Health and Development
Alexandria Boehm's primary research areas are coastal water quality and sanitation. The work on coastal water quality is focused on understanding the sources, transformation, transport, and ecology of biocolloids - specifically fecal indicator organisms, pathogens, DNA markers for key marine species, and phytoplankton, as well as sources and fate of nitrogen and phosphorus. Recent work has also focused on engineered natural systems at the coast to remove contaminants from stormwater. 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.
Selected Publications by this Author
News & Press Releases
Quotes Woods Senior Fellow Alexandria Boehm (engineering) explaining to California State Senators that ocean acidification is a huge problem that is going to affect our children and grandchildren.
By Nick Cahill,
Woods Senior Fellow Alexandria Boehm tests for bacteria in samples of sand from beaches, and provides tips for beachgoers to reduce their risk of exposure to dangerous pathogens.
Cites research findings by Senior Woods Fellow Alexandria Boehm (Engineering), Senior Woods Fellow Richard Luthy (Engineering), and Niveen Ismail, a Stanford graduate student in environmental engineering, that mussels can remove contaminants such as Escherichia coli from freshwater.
By Puneet Kollipara,