Jessica Dittmar

Jessica Dittmar

Title and Credentials: 
Postdoctoral Fellow
School: 
Earth Sciences
Department: 
Environmental Earth System Science
Additional Information: 
Affiliated with the Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt)
Advisor: Prof. Scott Fendorf - Soil and Environmental Biogeochemistry Group
Topics of Interest: Contaminant dynamics in water, soil and sediments, and water quality and use in agricultural systems in developing countries
Jessica's work and research focuses on two projects, one in the developing and one in the developed world. She investigates and compares pristine groundwater aquifers in Cambodia and managed aquifers in Orange County and determines the main driving forces leading to arsenic release into groundwater. Understanding the processes in both systems will help to better manage aquifers in order to prevent arsenic release into groundwater in the future. Outside of research, Jessica is interested in designing and implementing solutions for problems of the world's poor. She aims to improve situations in an empathetic, human-centered, meaningful and sustainable way through combining her knowledge with engineering and entrepreneurial approaches to impacting peoples' lives in developing countries. Currently she is part of a multidisciplinary design team collaborating with UNHCR, addressing problems arising during the early set-up of refugee camps leveraging mobile phone technology to more efficiently communicate between relief agencies and refugees. Jessica earned a BS in Earth Sciences and a MS in Geochemistry from ETH Zurich in Switzerland and was awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation fellowship for her postdoctoral research at Stanford University.