Swamini Khurana

Contact

Swamini Khurana
Doctoral Researcher
Department of Environmental Microbiology
Working Group Geomicrobial Reactive Transport Systems
Helmholtz Centre for
Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany

Phone +49 341 235-1317
swamini.khurana@ufz.de

swamini.khurana@gmail.com

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Research Interests

  • Impacts of weather events on microbial mediated reactions in the subsurface
  • Interactions of microbial mediated reactions in the subsurface with above ground processes
  • Contribution of microbial mediated reactions to catchment scale, ecosystem scale and global scale C-N turnovers
  • Using machine learning to optimize computational efforts to parameterize and simulate reactive transport

Current projects

I am modeling microbial mediated reactions and the environmental factors affecting biogeochemical dynamics in the subsurface at the small scale (sub-meter). This knowledge can be applied at the catchment scale by using appropriate upscaling methodologies and coupling the up-scaled biogeochemical model with robust surface water and groundwater flow models. I shall employ this flow and reactive transport model to predict solute discharge in the catchment. This project contributes substantially to identification of environmental drivers and relevant parameters influencing biogeochemical dynamics in the critical zone. This will result in focused parameterization of models in regions where one might not have access to resources to conduct detailed studies using state-of-the-art equipment.

since January 2018

PhD student
in the Collaborative Research Centre AquaDiva

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ Leipzig, Department of Environmental Microbiology

registered at the Institute of Geosciences, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena

since October 2020

Affiliate Researcher
working on large scale microbial mediated reactive transport modeling in the Earth & Environmental Sciences Division of

Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Berkeley, USA


Publications

Haritash, A.K., Mittal, N., Aggarwal, R., and Khurana, S. (2017) Stabilisation of wastewater by Lemna minor: A microcosm study. Indian Journal of Waste Management 1: 35-38.

Oral Presentations


Khurana, S., Heße, F, Thullner, M. (2020). Reactive Transport Simulations Reveal the Influence of Spatio-Temporal Heterogeneities on Biogeochemical Cycling in the Subsurface. CMWR 2020, online event.

Khurana, S., Heße, F, Thullner, M. (2020). Influence of Spatio-Temporal Heterogeneity on Biogeochemical Cycling in the Subsurface using a Numerical Modeling Approach. Goldschmidt 2020, online event.

Bhatia, A., Agarwal, S., and Khurana, S. (2010) Optimal use of waste heat of condenser of thermal
power plant. International conference on fluid dynamics and thermodynamics technologies (FDTT), Singapore.

Posters


Khurana, S., Heße, F, Thullner, M. (2020). Predicting microbial redox dynamics in spatially heterogeneous and dynamic conditions using a numerical modelling approach. AGU General Assembly 2020, online event.

Khurana, S., Heße, F, Thullner, M. (2020). Influence of spatio-temporal heterogeneities on microbial redox dynamics and nutrient cycling in the vadose zone. EGU General Assembly 2020, online event.

Khurana, S., Heße, F, Thullner, M. (2019). Influence of spatio-temporal heterogeneities on microbial redox dynamics and nutrient cycling in the vadose zone. EGU General Assembly 2019, Vienna

Other Activities


Young Hydrologic Society. Board Member.
Machine Learning Café. Chair: Timo Houben, Co-Chair: Lennart Schmidt, Swamini Khurana.
PhD-Team Data Science. Chair: Swamini Khurana, Co-Chair: Timo Houben


Previous Experience

2014 - 2017

Consultant

Investigating, characterizing and remediating land and water contaminated with hazardous chemicals in the Contaminated Site Management Team of

Environmental Resources Management, India

2009 - 2014

Varied experience through Research Assistantships, Internships and consultancy

cKinetics, New Delhi (2014): Distributed Renewable Energy Systems,

Proteus Consulting (2013), San Diego: Waster water engineering,

Georgia Tech, Atlanta (2012): Assessing impact of hydraulic fracturing on environmental resources in Pennsylvania, traffic management in Atlanta,

Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi (2011): Stabilisation of wastewater by Lemna minor,

Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi (2010 - 2011): Water policy analysis for impact on communities in environmentally fragile areas; point of use drinking water treatment technologies available for communities lacking government supply

International Environmental Environmental Technology Centre, United National Environment Program (IETC, UNEP), Osaka (2010): Analysis of available technologies converting plastic waste to fuel to be tested in pilot scale studies in Thailand and Indonesia, and

Ahmadabad Textile Industries' Research Association (ATIRA), Ahmadabad (2009): Laboratory experience for testing of effluent from textile industries.

2011 - 2013

Masters of Science, Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

2007 - 2011

Bachelor of Engineering, Environmental Engineering
Delhi College of Engineering, University of Delhi, Delhi, India