Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Science
Megan Lott is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Georgia. As a public health microbiologist, Megan is interested in understanding the interactions between humans and microbes in their shared environments. Megan received a BSPH and MS in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Megan joined the University of Georgia for the opportunity to conduct research that is at the forefront of public health, while responding to community needs.
Megan’s current research focuses on monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic using wastewater-based surveillance. Through a partnership with the University of Georgia and Athens-Clarke County Utility, Megan monitors local wastewater samples for SARS-CoV-2 to better estimate trends in community-scale disease transmission.
Megan’s graduate training has been supported by the UGA Presidential Fellowship, the Smithsonian Link Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program through UGA’s Interdisciplinary Disease Ecology Across Scales (IDEAS) Program.