Emily Edwards

PhD Student
Four Year Doctoral Fellow

Research Interests


Emily Edwards is a PhD student at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability supervised by Professor Leila Harris. As a member of the EDGES Research Collaborative, Emily plans to study policies and perceptions related to the use of alternative water sources, such as rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse, in cities facing water scarcity.

Emily holds a MSc degree in Hydrologic Sciences from the University of California, Davis, and a BSc degree in Earth Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her Master's thesis at UC Davis focused on assessing the risks to groundwater quality posed by using urban stormwater runoff to recharge groundwater in California's Central Valley. Prior to arriving at UBC, Emily worked as a groundwater remediation hydrogeologist cleaning up a Superfund contamination site at one of the United States National Laboratories in California.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys being outdoors (hiking, climbing, and playing soccer), reading novels, and hanging out with her two dogs.

Featured Publications

Edwards, E. C., Harter, T., Fogg, G. E., Washburn, B., & Hamad, H. (2016). Assessing the effectiveness of drywells as tools for stormwater management and aquifer recharge and their groundwater contamination potential. Journal of Hydrology, 539, 539-553. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.05.059