Debra H. Phillips
Debra H. Phillips is an Environmental Engineering Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen's University of Belfast (QUB). Before joining QUB, she worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on studies dealing with the technology and long-term performance of permeable reactive barriers (PRBs) and the fate and transport of contaminants (mainly uranium) in saprolite and fractured bedrock. Dr. Phillips earned a Ph.D. degree from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, in plant and soil science (pedology/micromorphology), supported by a Rotary International Fellowship and a Vice-Chancellor Overseas Research Studentship. From her background in soil science (pedology), she has brought a wide range of field experience and analytical skills to environmental engineering that have made valuable contributions to understanding the processes that affect the longevity of reactive media in PRBs and fate and transport of contaminants in soils and weathered geological materials. As a Soil Scientist, she has worked at the university level and with the United State Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service mapping soils as a Field Soil Scientist. Her research is interdisciplinary and ranges from national to international levels in both environmental engineering and soil science.
Biography Updated on 6 December 2011