Roberts, Dr. Deborah

Dr. Deborah Roberts
Ph. D. University of Alberta, Eng. L. EGBC Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Email: Cell:
  • Prince George


My research combines my training as a classical microbiologist with 30 years experience in engineering research developing new methods for the application of microbial processes to treat contaminated water, soil and sediments. I train students in classical and modern microbiological techniques, theory and application of analytical chemistry and the development of new methods for the analysis of contaminants and their breakdown products. In addition,I undertake research that bridges the theory and application of biological techniques to contaminant removal from environmental media.

Research and Expertise

Biological systems for treatment of extreme wastewaters; microbial fuel fells (MFC) as waste to energy applications for the agricultural industry; removal of arsenic friom mine drainage; sulphur oxidizing microbes and their effects on the environment (microbial deterioration of concrete and acid rock drainage); source water protection through best management practices.

Research Fields:
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Natural Resources
  • Sustainability
Areas of Expertise:

environmental microbiology, biological treatment processes, extreme wastewater treatment, laboratory skills

Languages Spoken:
  • English
Currently accepting graduate students
Supervises in:
  • MSc
  • PhD
Available to be contacted by the media as a subject matter expert