Diana Lin, PhD
Clean Water Program
Contaminants of Emerging Concern
Dr. Diana Lin leads the RMP’s Microplastics Workgroup and a team of scientists investigating microplastics in the San Francisco Bay and other regions of California. In addition, Diana leads a wide range of other studies, including monitoring of contaminants of emerging concern and PCBs in the Bay using both traditional and novel analytical techniques. Diana has served as an expert advisor on microplastic reports for the state and federal policymakers.
Diana Lin has a broad range of experience working in industry, policymaking, and science. She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. She gained experience in environmental compliance working at a major environmental consulting company. She then earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Science from Stanford University. Her dissertation investigated natural attenuation processes from DDT-contaminated sediment in an alpine lake and engineering methods to amend contaminated sediment with activated carbon for remediation. After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Lin served as a legislative staff for a California Assemblymember, where she managed two bills that were signed into law, and reviewed legislation on water, natural resources, and public health issues.