Bridget Ulrich Ph.D.

Professional Title
Aqueous Geochemist

Dr. Ulrich grew up on the Iron Range in Virginia, MN, and her educational background includes degrees in chemical and bioengineering engineering, chemistry, and environmental engineering. Prior to joining NRRI she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) in Zurich, Switzerland, as well as at the Colorado School of Mines.

Dr. Ulrich’s group combines interdisciplinary insights from environmental engineering, analytical chemistry, microbiology, and materials science to evaluate contaminant fate and transport in aquatic systems. She specializes in developing water treatment and remediation applications that utilize black carbon sorbents for organic contaminant removal; including past work evaluating biochar for the removal of pesticides from stormwater, as well as activated carbon for the removal of perfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) from groundwater. She also works closely with the Materials and Bioeconomy group to develop biochar materials for water treatment applications, with a specific interest in evaluating biochar performance for contaminant at the field scale.


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2016
  • M.S., Chemical and Bioengineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, 2012
  • B.S., Chemistry; B.Eng., Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 2010

Recent Publications

Google Scholar profile

Biochar-augmented biofilters to improve pollutant removal from stormwater-can they improve receiving water quality?

3 years 3 months ago
Biochar-augmented biofilters to improve pollutant removal from stormwater-can they improve receiving water quality?Boehm, A. B., Bell, C. D., Fitzgerald, N. J. M., Gallo, E., Higgins, C. P., Hogue, T. S., Luthy, R. G., Portmann, A. C., Ulrich, B. A. & Wolfand, J. M., Jun 2020, In: Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology. 6, 6, p. 1520-1537 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-review

Towards prospective sustainability life cycle assessment

3 years 8 months ago
Towards prospective sustainability life cycle assessmentClarke-Sather, A. R., Nolan, D., Mamun, S., Schoff, P., Aro, M. & Ulrich, B., 2020, 25th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference (DFMLC). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), V006T06A024. (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; vol. 6).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution

NRRI News Articles

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Visiting scientist from Poland taps NRRI expertise, brings perspective to PFAS research

Woman in white lab coat and masked pours black powder into a beaker in a lab.

Promising lab results raises biochar's potential to filter pollutants in stormwater runoff.

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Bridget Ulrich received the inaugural Deborah L. Swackhamer Early Career Award at the Minnesota Water Resources Conference on October 18.

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