Maria is Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs in Earth & Environmental Science at UPenn. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Rutgers University and a Master of Science in engineering geology from Drexel University. Maria's professional experience in the environmental field ranges from applications of analytical soil and water chemistry to multiple facets of environmental consulting. Her focus of interest has been the behavior and interaction of inorganic and organic pollutants in the environment. Maria has been teaching at Penn since 2002 and is currently the Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs in Earth & Environmental Science. Maria has been involved with UP EWB and GWA on the Guatemala projects and has encouraged her many students to participate in GWA activities [eg, annual conferences].