Isabella Gee is originally from Houston, Texas. She has also lived in California, England, and most recently Virginia. She received her B.S. with High Distinction in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2014. For her undergraduate thesis, she conducted research on the energy-water nexus by looking at the production of nitrous oxide during algae cultivation and comparing life-cycle assessments of various biofuels. This research experience led her to pursue a graduate degree.
Isabella returned to Texas in the fall of 2014 to begin her graduate studies at UT Austin. She received her M.S. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from UT in 2016. As a Master’s student, Isabella investigated the interrelationships between aluminum, inorganic contaminants, and natural organic matter during alum coagulation in drinking water treatment. Isabella also joined the Webber Energy Group in 2016 as a Ph.D. student. Her research focuses on the food-energy-water nexus, looking at the embedded energy and water in food waste.