Ludmilla Aristilde is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering. While growing up in Haiti, her interest in environmental issues was sparked by witnessing the impacts of deforestation on the environment and the links between water pollution and health during an epidemic outbreak of cholera. Her research focus is to address problems at the interface of environmental chemistry and environmental health through mechanistic investigations of the environmental fate and effects of emerging organic contaminants, natural toxins, and other biologically active organic molecules.
Of particular interest is the fate and effects of emerging contaminants, including pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, hormones, and natural toxins in soils and surface waters. Additionally, she studies the reactivity and fate of important organic substrates and macromolecules in soils.