Subsurface Biogeochemical Laboratory

Team

Lazaro J. Perez (He/Him/His)

Lazaro J. Perez (He/Him/His)

Assistant Research Professor

I am the SBLAb director and Assistant Research Professor in the Division of Hydrological Sciences at the Desert Research Institute (DRI).

I did my undergraduate and graduate studies in Geology (BSc & MSc) and Geochemistry (MSc) at University of Oviedo (Oviedo, Spain) and Uppsala University (Uppsala, Sweden). I obtained my PhD degree in subsurface hydrology from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain) and the Spanish National Research Council (Barcelona, Spain). After obtaining my PhD, I joined DRI (Reno, USA) in 2019 for my postdoc to develop novel experiments for porous media research.

Since 2021 I am an Assistant Research Professor at DRI. My investigations focus on biogeochemistry, geochemical modeling, artificial intelligence, and fluid flow and transport modeling in porous media.

I grew up in Bayamo (Cuba) before moving to Gijon (Spain) with my family. In my free time, I enjoy/suffer watching Sporting de Gijon football games. I am a tea drinker, fan of Jack Ryan’s novels, and you might find me in the gym listening to Armchair Expert podcast.

Porra Dechdacho

Porra Dechdacho

Graduate student

My research project focuses on arsenic removal from groundwater. I am currently working on developing an alternative arsenic removal strategy using an iron-based metal-organic framework (Fe-MOF), a porous material consisting of Fe ions and organic ligands. I use laboratory column experiments and reactive transport simulations to study the influence of Fe-MOF on the geochemical evolution of the system. 

I come from Thailand. I’ve got my BS from Pennsylvania and move to Reno for master’s degree. I enjoy hiking and film photography.

Ben Bardet

Ben Bardet

Graduate student

My project hopes to develop a coupled geochemical-groundwater flow model that is able to predict potential groundwater chemistry changes caused by interaction of artificially injected surface water into an aquifer. This model is being developed utilizing data collected during a pilot study at the Reno-Stead Wastewater Treatment Facility in which A+ treated wastewater was injected into the aquifer. By utilizing data from this site to test and prove the effectiveness of this model, it may be able to be utilized in the future to evaluate other potential recharge locations for potential water quality changes cause by artificial injection.

 

I am from Rocklin, California and moved to Reno in 2015 for my undergraduate study. After graduating from UNR in 2018 with a B.S in Environmental Science, I was accepted back to UNR to complete a M.S in Hydrogeology. I expect to graduate in the Fall of 2021. My hobbies include anything outdoor related such as camping, hiking, skiing and mountain biking.

CONTACT

Lazaro Perez, Ph.D.
Lab Director
Lazaro.Perez@dri.edu

LAB LOCATION

Desert Research Institute
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512

DIVISION

Hydrologic Sciences