Our team

The Principal Investigator

Dr. Matthew Scarborough started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Vermont in August 2019. More information about Dr. Scarborough can be found here.

Graduate Students

Yiota Stamatopoulou, Doctoral Student

Yiota's research focuses on production of medium chain fatty acids from agricultural waste using anaerobic microbial communities. Previously, she did her MESc at Western University in Canada, focusing on the partial nitritation- anammox (PNA) process for sidestream wastewater treatment using membrane-aerated biofilm reactor (MABR) technology. She is originally from Greece, where she did her undergraduate studies in Environmental Engineering at the University of Patras followed by a MSc in Municipal Solid Waste management at the National Technical University of Athens.

Leandro Fernandes, Doctoral Student

Leandro is interested in developing robust, affordable methods for wastewater treatment that can be deployed in areas currently lacking adequate sanitation processes. Leandro is originally from Brazil where he completed an undergraduate program in Environmental Engineering at the University Center of Belo Horizonte. During his undergraduate program, he was part of the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program and studied at the University of Montana and Columbia University. His previous research focused on biological nitrogen removal. Besides his passion for wastewater treatment, Leandro also loves to study new languages, to travel and to get to know new people and cultures.

Ryan Weinstein, Masters Student

Civil and Environmental Engineering accelerated masters program student studying the biodegradation and transformation of various perfluoroalkyl (PFA) substances via microbes present in contaminated soils sourced from several sites within the state of Vermont. These environmentally persistent organic compounds are more frequently showing up in high concentrations throughout the United States, most recently including the municipal water supply in my hometown of Northport, NY. Characterizing and evaluating the metabolic potential of these soil microbes can pave the way for development of a more cost effective remediation method than current PFAS removal practices. Being a person who spends a great deal of time outdoors, I have witnessed time and time again how nature always manages to find a way. Bio-mimicry is a huge influence on sustainable technology development for that reason, and it is my belief that this work will provide crucial insight for optimizing these environmentally-inspired processes for the future.

Undergraduate Students

Kennedy Brown

Kennedy Brown studies Environmental Engineering at the University of Vermont. In the fall of 2019, she transferred to University of Vermont from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA where she studied Biology on the Pre-Medical Studies Track. She previously interned at the Philadelphia Zoo as an Environmental Education Animal Behavior Intern where she studied the environmental effects of palm refining on rainforests and the species who reside there.

Reed Winter

Reed is majoring in environmental engineering at the University of Vermont and is originally from Fayston, VT. For the past four summers, Reed worked at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, NH, researching how to make ice stronger and more resistant to warming temperatures. Reed is excited to discover ways to minimize human impacts on the environment. In his free time, Reed enjoys skiing and hiking. Reed has two brothers, Ethan and Mason, and a yellow lab named Stella.

Cassidy Vaccari

Cassidy is originally from Dartmouth, Massachusetts. While majoring in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Green Building and Community Design, her interests expand to sustainable agriculture and waste management. She is excited to learn new ways to reduce the impact that agricultural practices have on the environment and the changing climate. Much of her free time is spent in the outdoors in hiking boots, a hammock or on skis.

Juliet Malkowski

Juliet Malkowski is majoring in Environmental Engineering at the University of Vermont and is from Princeton, New Jersey. She has previously studied the mechanisms behind Venus Flytraps along with her research partners and published a research paper titled The Effect of Temperature on the Electrophysiology and Behavior of Venus Flytraps. In the future, she is excited to discover new ways to create solutions for different environmental issues. Juliet's favorite way to spend free time is outside either reading, snowboarding or hiking.