Maya Bhatia

Assistant Professor and Campus Alberta Innovates Program (CAIP) Chair in Watershed Science 

Maya joined the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department at the University of Alberta in October 2017. Before coming to Edmonton, she completed her PhD in the MIT / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program in Geology and Geophysics and she was a NSERC and CIFAR Global Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. 

CV: Updated October 2017

Staff & Students

Maria Cavaco

Laboratory Technician, MSc.

Maria joined the Bhatia Lab in 2018, soon after completing her MSc. degree at the University of Alberta, which focused on freshwater microbial community diversity in a High Arctic watershed located on Northern Ellesmere Island, NU. Currently, her work involves developing microbial analysis pipelines, while maintaining the lab. She enjoys traveling, trekking, fieldwork, reading, and birds (but specifically, chickens).

Patrick Williams

MSc. Student

Patrick joined the Bhatia Lab in 2018. His research focuses on characterizing the geochemical signature of glacial meltwater and measuring it's downstream evolution and biological impact as it enters the marine environment in the Canadian High Arctic. Prior to joining the lab, he got his Bachelor's degree from Haverford College, USA. Between undergrad and coming to the UofA he worked as a wine biochemist in Napa, CA, grew algae for the Department of Energy, built bicycles in the pacific northwest, taught and made cheese at an organic dairy farm in the Hudson Valley, and hiked the Appalachian trail. He enjoys impromptu sing-alongs and RuPaul's drag race (but is a bit disappointed in season 10's lack of tact and empathy).

Charvanaa Dhoonmoon

PhD. Student

Charvanaa’s PhD involves work in both the Bhatia Lab (University of Alberta) and the Bertrand Lab (Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia). She is from the subtropical island of Mauritius located in the Indian Ocean and obtained her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Haverford College, USA, where she developed an interest in biogeochemistry/environmental chemistry. For her PhD, she is investigating the effects of nutrient input from from marine-terminating glaciers on primary productivity in the Canadian Arctic region. In her free time, she enjoys going out with her friends, reading books and watching her favourite shows/movies over and over.

Jillian Lightbown

BSc, Undergraduate Research Project

Jillian’s BSc studies involve a double major in Earth and Atmospheric Science and Biological Sciences. Her research for her undergraduate thesis focuses on microbial communities present in the North Saskatchewan River Watershed. Through analysis of these communities, Jill hopes to answer several questions regarding the health of ecosystems in North Saskatchewan tributaries, including how the freshwater microbial composition changes spatiotemporally, as well as how they relate and interact with eukaryotic communities at higher trophic levels (i.e, periphyton, benthic invertebrates, and fish). In Jill’s time out of the lab, she loves to golf, read, cook, and binge watch The Mindy Project.