Natalie finished her Environmental Engineering PhD in 2019. She earned a BS in Civil Engineering from University of Kentucky and an MS in Civil Engineering with Environmental Specialization from CU Boulder. She studied UV wavelength-specific molecular and cellular disinfection mechanisms and novel mercury-free UV sources for sustainable drinking water treatment in small US systems, as part of the DeRISK Center. As a professional researcher after her MS, she studied microbial ecology of humidifiers and drinking water in Dr. Norm Pace’s Lab at CU Boulder, and studied toxicity and microbial ecology of fracking flowback in Dr. Karl Linden’s Lab at CU Boulder. She has been a teaching assistant for Environmental Microbiology at two universities, and is interested in an academic career. Her engineering experience outside academia includes working for a small consulting firm, and for a city government in Kentucky.