Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Clare Boothe Luce 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
If federal plans move forward, most U.S. coastal waters would be open to offshore oil drilling. Stanford Professors Deborah Sivas and Alexandria Boehm look at related legal and marine issues from the perspective of the California coastline, which has been protected from new drilling since 1969.
By Rob Jordan,
As ocean animals swim past, they leave behind DNA. Now, scientists have shown these genetic clues can be used as forensic markers to accurately and easily survey marine life in complex deep-water environments.
Cites Alexandria Boehm comments on the future of eDNA
By Rob Jordan,
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,