Katherine Lizama Allende

PhD Candidate – Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University
p. (03) 9905 5332

Katherine obtained both her Ms.Sc. degree in the area of Environmental Engineering and her Engineering degree, with a Diploma in Hydraulics, from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. She then started to work as a project Engineer on the quality assessment of water resources in Northern Chile, which are contaminated with arsenic and metals. Both her Masters degree and her work as a project engineer made Kathy realise the serious problem of the presence of arsenic in aquatic environments, not only in Chile but also throughout the world. She therefore decided to focus on this topic and started her Ph.D. in February 2009 at Monash University.

Kathy’s PhD project (Arsenic and metal removal using constructed wetlands) is linked to the Vegetated Filtration Systems/Biofilters theme, within the WSUD Technologies Program.