Alicia Speratti

PhD Candidate


I am a PhD Candidate in Dr. Mark Johnson’s lab. My research focuses on the use of biochar to improve water retention and soil organic carbon levels in sandy soils of Mato Grosso, Brazil. This research is supported by UBC’s TerreWEB, the UBC Four Year Fellowship, and an NSERC PGS-D Scholarship. After a year and a half in Brazil, I am now completing a 6-month TerreWEB internship at the University of Barcelona in Spain, conducting a soil incubation experiment with biochar.

Before coming to UBC, I completed a BSc in environmental sciences and world literature at the University of Toronto and a MSc in soil ecology at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University. Being orginally from Paraguay, I have a strong interest in environmental and sustainable development work in Latin America. This led me to an internship with UNEP Brazil and consultancies with PAHO in Bolivia and CIMMYT in Mexico.