Valeria Ochoa-Herrera

Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

 

Oficina: Edif. Casa Tomate, CT-110
Telf: (+593 2) 297-1700, ext. 1208
E-mail: vochoa@usfq.edu.ec 

Intereses principales

Proyectos en curso

Estudiantes

Agua dulce, tratamiento de efluentes domésticos e industriales, biorremediación, biocombustibles, química analítica ambiental y sustentabilidad.

  • Anderson, E., Mateus, M. Cristina, Ochoa-Herrera, V. and Encalada, A. "Rios Vivos Andinos: Region-wide collaboration for conservation of free-flowing rivers"  MACArthur FOUNDATION, 2017

  • Ochoa-Herrera, V. Champagne, P. and Peñafiel, R. "An integrated algal system as a potential wastewater treatment process in Ecuador" COLLABORATION GRANTS, USFQ, 2016 (PI)

  • Ochoa-Herrera, V. and Zambrano. "Changes in microbial composition during the removal of copper and zinc in a bioreactor with a limestone pre-column system" GRANT INSTITUTE OF MICRIBIOLOGY, 2016 (PI)

  • Ochoa-Herrera, V. and Stewart, J. "Long-term Monitoring Program on Water Quality at San Cristobal, Galapagos" GALAPAGOS SCIENCE CENTER (GSC) GRANT, USFQ AND UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA- CHAPEL HILL, USA, 2015-2018 (PI)

  • Ochoa-Herrera, V. "Drinking Water Quality in San Cristobal Island, Galapagos". Proyectos Estudiante-Profesor para la Investigación Ambiental  (PREPA), san francisco de quito university– universtiy of north carolina, USA, 2015 (PI)

  • Cazorla, M and Ochoa-Herrera, V. "Measurement of nitrogen species in ambient air in Cumbaya, Ecuador: towards the determination of the photochemical regime of smog production". CHANCELLOR GRANTS, USFQ 2015

  • Machado, A. and Ochoa-Herrera, V. "Characterization and quantification of microbial pathogens in the natural water resources of Ecuador". CHANCELLOR GRANTS, USFQ 2015

  • Ochoa-Herrera, V. "Production of biodiesel from microalgae in Ecuador ". CHANCELLOR GRANTS, USFQ, 2015 (PI)

  • Maurice, L., Becerra, S., Budzinski, H., Saqalli, M., Ter Halle, A., Cadot, E., Uzu, G., Simoulin, V., Jean, S., Ruales, J., Martínez, J., Perez, M. I., Benavidez, E., Ochoa-Herrera, V., Larrea, C. Breilh, J. "MONOIL: Monitoring of oil activities in Ecuador: a cross-disciplinary approach between Environment, Health and People" ANR FRANCE (2014-2017).

  • Ochoa-Herrera, V. Sierra-Alvarez, R., and Trueba, G. "Molecular analysis of microbial diversity present in bioreactors for the treatment of acid mine drainage (AMD)". CHANCELLOR GRANTS, USFQ 2014 (PI)

  • Ochoa-Herrera, V. "Design, installation and set-up of wastewater treatment systems for industrial effluents coming from washing and cleaning of materials for medium size enterprises in Ecuador" CHANCELLOR GRANTS, USFQ 2013 (PI)

  • Encalada, A.C., Ochoa-Herrera, V., Peñafiel, R., Suarez, E., Flecker, A., Poff, L., Guayasamin, J. "Long-term sustainability of water resources and biodiversity under scenarios of climate change in the Napo watershed, Ecuador", USFQ COLLABORATION GRANTS, 2012

  • Ochoa-Herrera, V., Peñafiel, R. "Baseline analysis of the quality of drinking water sources in San Cristobal Island, Galapagos". Proyectos Estudiante-Profesor para la Investigación Ambiental  (PREPA), San Francisco de Quito University– Universtiy of North Carolina, USA, 2011 (PI)

  • Dischinger, S., Ogden, K., Ochoa-Herrera, V. "Development of sustainable algae growth for biofuels in Ecuador." UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA GRANT, USA, 2011

  • Ochoa-Herrera, V. "Inhibitory effect of anthropogenic compounds such as oil, salt and hydrocarbons in the activated sludge process". CHANCELLOR GRANTS, USFQ, 2011 (PI)

Muestreo (foto: V. Ochoa)

Proyecto MONOIL (foto: V. Ochoa)

Proyecto en Galápagos (foto: V. Ochoa)

  • Ochoa-Herrera, V. y Castelo, P. "Design and set-up of anaerobic reactors for the treatment of municipal organic residues" USFQ ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING, 2011 (PI)

  • Ochoa-Herrera, V., Peñafiel R., Arboleda, R. "Optimization of a wastewater treatment plant of the food industry" GRANT PRIVATE INDUSTRY, 2010 (PI)

  • Peñafiel R., Ochoa-Herrera, V., Cerón, P. "Development of physic-chemical methods to treat wastewater coming from the tannery industry" USFQ ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING, 2010

  • Peñafiel R, Ochoa-Herrera, V., Melissa, A. "Feasibility Study of the Capture of Methane in the Palm Oil Mills Effluent for the Generation of Electricity". USFQ ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING, 2010

  • Ochoa-Herrera, V. "Biological treatment of acid mine drainage". CHANCELLOR GRANTS, USFQ, 2009 (PI)

Proyecto Ríos Termales (foto: V. Ochoa)

​POSGRADO

  • Ana Cárdenas: An integrated algal system as a potential wastewater treatment process in Ecuador/tesis PhD/actual

  • Aracely Zambrano: Changes in microbial composition during the removal of copper and zinc in a bioreactor with a limestone pre-column system/tesis maestría/actual

  • Antonia Castells: An integrated algal system as a potential wastewater treatment process in Ecuador/pregrado/actual

  • Cristian Gallardo: Characterization and quantification of microbial pathogens in the natural water resources of Ecuador/pregrado/actual

  • Gabriela Morales: Characterization and quantification of microbial pathogens in the natural water resources of Ecuador/pregrado/actual

  • Cristian Quilumbaqui: Characterization and quantification of microbial pathogens in the natural water resources of Ecuador/pregrado/actual

  • Mishell Pazmiño: Characterization and quantification of microbial pathogens in the natural water resources of Ecuador/pregrado/actual

  • Loreto, Denisse: Evaluation of the performance of an integrated anaerobic/aerobic reactor for the treatment of sulfate-rich effluents. Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo, México (actual)

  • Moreno, Cristhian: Impact of petroleum activities in rivers in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Master of Science in Ecology¨/pasado

  • Mena, Javier: Impact of anthropogenic activities based on major and trace elements in shrimp Macrobrachium brasiliense in rivers in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Master of Science in Ecology/pasado

  • Cuesta, Irina: Determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in water and sediments samples in Ecuadorian rivers from the Amazon¨. Master of Science in Ecology/pasado

  • Ponce, Gabriela: Impacts of Mineral Processing on Water Quality in Southern Ecuador. Master of Science, Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics (IBP), ETH Zurich, Switzerland/pasado

  • Méndez, G. Removal of copper in a sulfate reducing bioreactor with a limestone pre-column system/pasado

PREGRADO

  • Quintanilla, Francisco: Production and characteriztion of biodiesel produced from microalgae cultivated in a photobioreactor lab-scale.  Environmental Engineering, July 12, 2016

  • Pérez, Gabriela: Determination of major ions in sediments coming from areas affected by petroleum activities in Ecuador  Environmental Engineering, November 8, 2015

  • Hinojosa, Santiago: Production of biodiesel from microalgae. Environmental Engineering, July 24, 2015

  • Benítez, María Belén:  Wastewater treatment for nutrient recovery with Ecuadorian native microalgae. Environmental Engineering, USFQ, May 18th, 2015

  • Ruiz, Geovanna: Set-up and monitoring of a photobioreactor for the autotrophic cultivation of Chlorella sp for biodiesel production . Environmental Engineering, USFQ, May 14th, 2015

  • Espín, Indira: ¨CO2 emissions for consumption of water and energy and waste generation at Universidad San Francisco de Quito Ext. Galápagos and Galápagos Science Center, Environmental Managment, USFQ, December 22nd, 2014

  • Nivelo, Sandra: Monitoreo de la calidad del agua en San Cristóbal, Galápagos, Envionmental Managment, USFQ, December 22nd, 2014

  • Bruzual, Ana Belén: Inhibitory effecto of chromium, chloride and sulfide in glucose degrading aerobic bacteria, Environmental Engineering, USFQ, August 18, 2014

  • Aldas, Andrea: Bioremediation of hydrocarbon contaminated-soil – laboratory scale. Biotechnology, USFQ, January 8th, 2014

  • Riofrio, Leslie: Feasibility study of the design of a biological-physicochemical system for the treatment of acid mine drainage – laboratory scale. Environmental Engineering, USFQ, September 30th, 2013

  • Davila, Ana Gabriela: Evaluation of optimal conditions for autotrophic growth of Chlorella microalgae for the production of biodiesel. Environmental Engineering, USFQ, April 8th, 2013

  • Schreckinger, Jose: Design, installation and monitoring of a volumetric filtration system for the treatment of wastewater from washing of lonas publicitarias and used tires of FUI Reciclado Enterprise”  Environmental Engineering, USFQ, December 20th, 2012

  • Flor, Daniela: Feasibility study of the design of a biological-physicochemical system for the treatment of acid mine drainage – laboratory scale. Environmental Engineering, USFQ, August 16th, 2012

  • Castelo, Paulina: Design, set-up and monitoring of anaerobic reactors for the treatment of organic residues from Municipal Market in Tumbaco – laboratory scale. Biotechnology, USFQ, May 13th, 2012

  • Gallardo, Lorena: Design of a biological- physic-chemical reactor system to treat acid mine drainage at laboratory scale . Environmental Engineering, USFQ, October 13th, 2011

  • López, Jessica: Design and set-up of an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor (UASB) to treat domestic wastewater in Ecuador. Chemical Engineering, USFQ, January 11th, 2011

  • Valarezo, Natazha: Effect of biomass concentration and the presence of vegetable oils, salt and hydrocarbons in the activated sludge process. Environmental Engineering, USFQ, May 11th, 2010

  • Andrade, Virginia: Evaluation of the generation of sulfur by the action of sulfate reducing bacteria and its possible applications in the treatment of acid mine drainage. Chemical Engineering, USFQ, May 06th, 2010.

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