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

Panagiota (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 Conrado 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.

Undergraduate Students

Kennedy Brown

Kennedy 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.

Juliet Malkowski

Juliet 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.

Peyton Lienhart

Peyton is studying Environmental Engineering at the University of Vermont and is also a member of the varsity swimming and diving team. She is originally from Willowbrook, Illinois. She is excited to learn more about food waste and how it can be used to create fuel. She is also interested in renewable energy and the effects it has on the environment. In her free time, Peytonlikes to travel and explore new places.

Amy Decola

Amy grew up in Wilton, CT and is studying Environmental Engineering with a Math minor at UVM. On campus, Amy is a member of Tau Beta Pi and the Outreach Coordinator for the Society of Women Engineers. Most recently, she interned for Otter Creek Engineering in Middlebury, VT where she was involved with stormwater, water supply, and wastewater design. Amy is interested in renewable energy life cycle assessment and waste management.

Olivia Mead

Olivia is studying Environmental Engineering with a minor in Geography at UVM. She is from Williston, VT and has been working with gas chromatography since May of 2019. She is excited to advance her skills and learn more about this technology. In addition to gas chromatography, she is interested in transportation planning, environmental sensing, waste management, and wastewater sustainability. On campus, Olivia is Vice President for the Society of Women Engineers and Publicity Director for Engineers Without Borders. She is also involved in Planned Parenthood GenAction as their Social Media and Marketing Chair.

Venus Rohra


Venus studies Environmental Engineering with a minor in Pure Mathematics. She was born in Japan and has lived in childhood in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. On campus, Venus is the Partnerships and Inclusion Chair for the non-profit club FeelGood which works towards raising money for the Hunger Project (THP) to end extreme poverty. Venus is also a member of Society of Women Engineers and the Horticulture Club. In addition to her REU in the EMERG lab, she works as a Data Research Assistant for the Forestry Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative. Venus is interested in a range of environmental topics including renewable energy, hydrology and biodiversity.


Former Students

Ryan Weinstein, Masters Student - Graduated August 2020


Reed Winter, Undergraduate Student - Anticipated Graduation is Spring 2021.


Cassidy Vaccari, Undergraduate Student - Anticipated Graduation is Spring 2022.