Ila Shimabuku received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research assessed the capacity of peroxide and persulfate to act as symbiotic contaminant oxidizers in regards to their application in groundwater remediation. After completing her degree, Ila served as a sanitation engineer by designing school and household water and sanitation facilities out of Build Change’s Port-au-Prince office. At SFEI, Ila conducts investigations on contaminants of emerging concern, possible Bay impairment due to nutrient levels and harmful algal blooms, as well as contaminant loads and pathways to the Bay by monitoring stormwater and assessing the efficacy of low-impact development.