Michela Catena is a dual degree student at Yale School of Environment and Tsinghua University in Beijing, where she is pursuing a Master of Environmental Management and a Master of Environmental Science and Engineering, respectively. She is passionate about the sustainable management of water resources, especially the holistic planning and management of wastewater, drinking water, and stormwater in cities to ensure urban resilience and conserve freshwater for people and ecosystems. Her current research examines the feasibility and tradeoffs of potable stormwater reuse in Houston through hydrological modeling under various climate and land-use scenarios. Prior to graduate school, Michela conducted molecular microbiology research at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, evaluated bacterial water pollution in India as a Fulbright Scholar, and helped develop a vermicomposting toilet for rural areas in India with the Institute for Transformative Technologies.  She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.