Katharina Tondera is currently undertaking research investigating the use of Floating Wetland Treatments Systems to treat stormwater runoff in saline environments at USC.
Part of her research will involve monitoring and evaluating the performance of a new floating wetland treatment system located in a saltwater canal at Pelican Waters.
Katharina completed foundational studies in Physics before continuing on to complete a German Engineering Diploma (Master’s equivalent) in Waste Management Engineering followed by a doctorate entitled ‘Advanced treatment of combined sewer overflows’, at RWTH Aachen University, Germany.
For the last six years Katharina worked at the Institute of Environmental Engineering at the RWTH Aachen University with her most recent role being Workgroup Leader of Urban Drainage.
She was recently awarded Best Young Water Professional at the IWA Specialist Conference on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control.
Katharina is passionate about the current transformation ongoing in the urban drainage community towards a water sensitive urban design and looks forward to investigating bridging technologies in a multi-disciplinary environment at USC.