Fernanda Maciel Yo
Advisor(s): Marcelo Garcia
B.S., Universidad de la Republica of Uruguay, 2012
M.S., University of Illinois, 2015
I received my B.S. degree from Universidad de la Republica of Uruguay, where I worked from 2009-2013 as a member of the climate research group of the Institute of Fluids Mechanics and Environmental Engineering, studying streamflow variability in southeast South America and how it affects hydroelectricity production in Uruguay. I held a Fullbright scholarship during my M.S. studies at UIUC.
For my Masters I studied the bioaccumulation of PCBs in the Great Lakes and their potential risk to human health, developing a GIS-based tool for bioaccumulation risk analysis. For my PhD I will be focusing on the interaction of toxicants with water and sediments, and the biogeochemical processes that affect the quality of water resources. I also have a general interest in sustainable use of water resources, effects of climate change, and the water-energy nexus.