Cherie L. De Vore

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Tribal Affiliation
Diné (Navajo Nation)
De Vore

Civil Engineering 306G

Dr. Cherie De Vore, Diné, is from the community of Crownpoint, NM in eastern Diné (Navajo) Nation. Her clans are Red Bottom People, Atop the Mountain Towering House, Salt People and Tangle People. She received her Ph.D. in civil & environmental engineering at the University of New Mexico under the mentorship of Professor Jose Cerrato. She was then awarded a National Science Foundation Earth Science Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct research under the guidance of Professor Scott Fendorf at Stanford University from 2020 to 2023. Her research interdisciplinary research examined ecological post-fire recovery in metal-rich and non-serpentine wildland landscapes in California. Cherie also was an associate postdoctoral fellow at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory investigating colloidal transport of metals in the Floodplain Hydro-Biogeochemistry research focus group . With a restorative framework in mind, her current work investigates biogeochemical processes that affect the accumulation of metals and microbial community shifts in areas impacted by mining and wildfires. She will begin in Fall 2023 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at the University of Arizona. Cherie is proud to be a new member of the Indigenous Resilience Center and looks forward to working with her community and many others in Arizona on environmental restoration research.

In addition to being a parent and researcher, Cherie enjoys coffee shops, dog adventures, playing records, ceremonies and martial arts. She holds a second degree black belt in Shaolin Kung fu.


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