Marina is a PhD student and Ford Predoctoral Fellow in the Hydrologic Sciences program at University of California Davis, advised by Dr. Jon Herman and Dr. Laura Foglia. Her current research integrates hydrogeological modeling with water resources management techniques to evaluate spatially distributed groundwater recharge policies. Her work with SEI combines tools from engineering and social science disciplines to analyze hydrogeologic and policy conditions at the basin and regional scale, focusing on environmental sustainability in vulnerable communities both locally and globally.
Marina holds a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Bachelor of Science in civil and environmental engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science in civil engineering from University of California, Davis. Prior to her PhD, Marina worked as an engineer with RMC Water & Environment and carried out research at the Engineering Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico through the Fulbright-Garcia Robles Student Research program. Her projects have included the optimization of domestic rainwater catchment systems using rainfall precipitation modeling, automated water metering, and wetland design for wastewater treatment.