Athena Nghiem

Athena Nghiem

Research Interest


Redox processes in Earth’s subsurface interact in complex ways that are greatly affected by hydrological, mineralogical and biogeochemical factors. Athena’s research explores the scales of environmental variability in redox processes from the lab to the field; Athena is especially interested in data-driven and statistical approaches to better understand and especially quantify these factors. Currently, she studies how these factors interact in the subsurface to drive the naturally-occurring release of toxic arsenic into groundwater through lab experiments, field work and characterization including spectroscopy, and reactive transport modeling. She also greatly enjoys mentoring undergraduates and outreach, including teaching about water quality and data science.

Research Advisor: Benjamin Bostick


UC Berkeley, BA, Geophysics and Statistics