Bridget Ulrich

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Professional title

Aqueous Geochemist


Research Interests

Dr. Ulrich joined the Water Research Group in 2019. She is working across research groups to develop a new interdisciplinary research program focused on the development of natural and engineered water treatment systems that utilize geomedia derived from waste materials. Her research interests include understanding contaminant removal mechanisms in treatment systems through laboratory and modeling work, assessing system performance at the pilot- and field-scale, and sustainability assessment of emerging treatment technologies. Her Ph.D. research was focused on the removal of trace organic contaminants such as pesticides in stormwater infiltration systems amended with biochar, and she is particularly interested in developing water treatment applications that incorporate biochar.


Bridget grew up in Virginia, MN and attended the University of Minnesota Twin Cities for her bachelor’s degrees, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich for her M.S. degree, and the Colorado School of Mines for her Ph.D. degree. Prior to joining NRRI she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) and as an Adjunct Professor and Postdoctoral Researcher at the Colorado School of Mines.


Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2016

M.S., Chemical and Bioengineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, 2012

B.S., Chemistry; B.Eng., Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 2010

A.A., Mesabi Range Community and Technical College, 2006