ASCE Seattle Section October Meeting
Title: Arsenic Contamination of Food, Water, Plants, and Animals
Abstract: Arsenic is a naturally occurring but carcinogenic pollutant. Its ubiquitous presence in natural and agricultural environments threatens global food security and negatively affects the health of millions of people worldwide. In this talk, Professor Neumann, an arsenic expert, will discuss how arsenic in local and global settings affects food and water quality, and the health of ecosystems.
Becca leads the hydro-biogeochemistry research group in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at University of Washington. She joined UW in 2011. Prior to 2011, she was a NOAA Climate and Global Change postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University where she studied how plant roots and soil conditions modulate the amount of water moved through the landscape. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a thesis project focused on understanding one of the major human health problems in Bangladesh: arsenic contaminated groundwater. Prior to graduate school, Becca worked as an environmental engineering consultant for EG&G Technical Services, and received her B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and B.A. in Art and Art History from Rice University. Outside of work, Becca enjoys hiking, mountaineering and rock climbing with her husband and two kids.