Mines graduate research in biogeochemistry

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Olivia working in glove box at Mines with anaerobic cultures
Olivia Salmon working with anaerobic cultures in glove box at Colorado School of Mines

CMI scientists at Colorado School of Mines and Idaho National Laboratory contributed to this research highlight.

Achievement:

Olivia Salmon earned MS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Mines, December 2020. Thesis: “Impacts of Rare Earth Elements on Biological Wastewater Treatment Processes”

Significance and Impact:

Workforce development:  Increasing domestic expertise in environmental impacts of critical material processing wastes will support development and application of sustainable critical material production and recycling technologies 

Next Steps:

  • Olivia participated in a CMI externship at Idaho National Laboratory, funded by the Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation fellowship
  • Olivia is currently applying her skills in environmental consulting, with a focus on assessment and remediation of abandoned mine projects on federal lands
Continuous bioreactors inoculated with sludge from Denver’s Metro Wastewater Reclamation District.
Continuous bioreactors inoculated with sludge from Denver’s Metro Wastewater Reclamation District.