Alexandria Boehm

Affiliated Researcher

Specialties: Coastal and Nearshore Environment, Harmful Algal Blooms

Alexandria Boehm is working with other researchers to shape the Center's Land-Sea focal area.

Boehm’s primary research area is coastal water quality, and recently she has expanded her research to include activities on sanitation.  Her work on coastal water quality is focused on understanding the sources, transformation, transport and ecology of biocolloids - specifically fecal indicator organisms, pathogens, and phytoplankton, as well as sources and fate of nitrogen and phosphorus. This knowledge is crucial to directing new policies, and management and engineering practices that protect human and ecosystem health along the coastal margin.  Her 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.  Boehm’s 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. Details of current projects can be found at Boehm’s project website

Bohem is a member of the State of California Clean Beach Task Force, and the State of California Ocean Protection Council Science Advisor Team.  She holds a B.S. in engineering and applied science from the California Institute of Technology, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Contact Information:
Phone: (650) 724-9128

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