Amzy Vallenas is a PhD student in Dr. Susan Baldwin´s group at the University of British Columbia. She has a background in sustainability with a B.Sc. degree in Environmental Engineering from La Molina National Agrarian University (UNALM) in Peru and a M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo (EP-USP) in Brazil.
Her research is focused on nature-based solutions applied to mine reclamation and remediation. Specifically, she works on enhancing the activity of beneficial bacteria such as sulfate-reducing bacteria in semi-passive bioreactors using sustainable materials to foster the circular bioeconomy. She is interested in conducting research to push forward climate action and sustainability in industrial sectors through bioprocesses and resource recovery.
Prior to graduate school, Amzy worked as a climate change and sustainability consultant supporting the transition to a circular economy in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her work consisted in using engineering techniques and transdisciplinary knowledge to address environmental challenges for governments, industries, and people.
In her free time, Amzy enjoys outdoor activities, cooking and listening to music.