Contact Dr Gabriela Dotro

Areas of expertise

Background

Dr Gabriela Dotro joined Cranfield University in October 2009 as a postdoctoral researcher and was promoted to Senior Research Fellow in April 2012. She holds an Ecological Engineering degree from Universidad de Flores (Argentina), a Masters degree in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary (Canada), and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Memphis (USA).

Dr Dotro started her work on low energy technologies for wastewater treatment during her Masters studies in Canada in 2001. She was awarded a Detomasi Award in recognition of the quality of her proposal for her Masters studies, and received a merit-based Herff Fellowship for her PhD studies, among several other fellowships and scholarships during her formal training.

After completing her PhD, Dr Dotro was awarded a Herff Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue her work on implementing constructed wetlands for tannery wastewater treatment in Argentina. She also served briefly as a lecturer on biological wastewater treatment processes at the Universidad Nacional del Litoral in Argentina before relocating to the UK in September 2009.

Current activities

Dr Gabriela Dotro's main area of expertise are small wastewater treatment plants and biogeochemical transformation of phosphorus, iron and nitrate. She is currently working on the development and improvement of low energy wastewater treatment systems including reed beds for tertiary nitrification and phosphorus removal.

Dr Dotro co-created the Wastewater Network, a network of water companies and universities that meets regularly to address some of the key challenges and research gaps in wastewater treatment in the UK. Together with a team of academics, she has developed a one day short course on LETS and offers this both in-house and delivered in company or overseas at other academic institutions.

Dr Dotro currently serves in the Committee of the Constructed Wetland Association (UK) and is the regional coordinator for the UK in the IWA Specialist Group on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control. She is the Chair of the IWA Task Group on Mainstreaming the Use of Treatment Wetlands. As part of that activity, she has recently co-authored an Open Access textbook on Treatment Wetlands, available for downloading through IWAP (https://www.iwapublishing.com/books/bookarticle-author-editors/gabriela-dotro) 

Clients

  • Severn Trent Water
  • United Utilities
  • Scottish Water
  • Anglian Water
  • Southern Water
  • Wessex Water
  • Thames Water
  • Welsh Water
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • Natural Environment Research Council
  • Ecole des Mines de Nantes

Publications

Articles In Journals

Books

  • Gabriela Dotro, Guenter Langergraber, Pascal Molle, Jaime Nivala, Jaume Puigagut, Otto Stein & Marcos Von Sperling (2017) Treatment Wetlands: Biological Wastewater Treatment Volume 7. IWAP, ed. Volume 7.
  • Dotro G, Fort RP, Barak J, Jones M, Vale P & Jefferson B (2014) Long-Term Performance of Constructed Wetlands with Chemical Dosing for Phosphorus Removal. In: The Role of Natural and Constructed Wetlands in Nutrient Cycling and Retention on the Landscape. Jan Vymazal (ed.), Springer International Publishing, p. 273-292.