Kevan Yamahara

Former Early Career Science Fellow

Specialties: Land-Sea Interactions, Marine Technology

Kevan was an early career science fellow working with the Center for Ocean Solutions’ Land-Sea Interactions focal area. He completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Stanford University under Professor Alexandria Boehm (link). His dissertation focused on the fate and transport of fecal indicator bacteria and pathogens at the land-sea interface. In particular, Kevan examined beach sands as a non-point, diffuse source of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) to coastal waters, determining the persistence of FIB and human pathogens in beach sands and the mechanisms by which they are transported from beach sands to coastal waters.

In partnership with MBARI, his work with the Center focused on testing the use of MBARI's Microfluidics Block (MFB) fitted to an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP), with the goal to develop rapid detection techniques for the presence and sources of coastal pollutants.  Kevan also helped develop concepts for the Center's broader Land-Sea Interactions focal area.

Kevan holds a B.S. in civil engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and an M.S. from the environmental engineering and science program at Stanford. Before entering college, he worked as a commercial and sportfishing captain in Southern California. He left the Center for a full time position at MBARI in 2014, and continues to colloborate as an affiliated researcher.

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