Emma Wells

Emma Wells is a PhD student researching risk management in drinking water utilities. She is particularly interested in microbial water quality and how organizations adapt to changing technologies and environmental threats. Emma is co-advised by Dr. Amy Javernick-Will and Dr. Karl Linden. Her work is funded through the NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship. 

With a background in global health, Emma has worked as a program manager for an organization in rural Guatemala and as an ORISE fellow conducting global Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Through these positions, she witnessed the complex intersection of socio-cultural and environmental factors in development. She chose to pursue a PhD in Environmental Engineering at CU Boulder to further understand this dynamic and gain skills for a career in water research. Outside of work, Emma loves skiing, mountain biking, and eating dark chocolate peanut butter cups. 


BA in Community Health and Sociology, Tufts University, 2016

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  • Wells E, Wolfe MK, Murray A, Lantagne D (2016) Accuracy, Precision, Ease-Of-Use, and Cost of Methods to Test Ebola-Relevant Chlorine Solutions. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0152442.
  • Curran, K. G., Wells, E. F., Crowe, S. J., Oremo, J., Boru, W., Githuku, J., . . . Kioko, J. (2018). Systems, supplies, and staff: A mixed-methods study of health care workers’ experiences and health facility preparedness during a large national cholera outbreak, Kenya 2015. BMC Public Health, 18(723).
  • Fagerli, K., Hurd, J., Wells, E. F., McAteer, J., Kim, S., Seal, L., . . . Quick, R. (2018). Evaluation of use, acceptability, and effectiveness of household water filter systems in Honduras, 2016–2017. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development,034.
  • Wilner, L., Wells, E., Ritter, M., Casimir, J. M., Chui, K., & Lantagne, D. (2017). Sustained use in a relief-to-recovery household water chlorination program in Haiti: Comparing external evaluation findings with internal supervisor and community health worker monitoring data. Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development,7(1), 56-66.
  • Wolfe MK, Wells E, Mitro B, Desmarais AM, Scheinman P, Lantagne D (2016) Seeking Clearer Recommendations for Hand Hygiene in Communities Facing Ebola: A Randomized Trial Investigating the Impact of Six Handwashing Methods on Skin Irritation and Dermatitis. PLoS ONE 11(12):
  • Iqbal Q, Lubeck-Schricker M, Wells E, Wolfe MK, Lantagne D (2016) Shelf-Life of Chlorine Solutions Recommended in Ebola Virus Disease Response. PLoS ONE 11(5):