Marcella Menegale, Environmental Science Lab Coordinator



Ph.D. Forest Soils, University of Washington
M.S. Soils Science, Sao Paulo State University, Brazil

Marcella is the granddaughter of Italian immigrants and holds a dual citizenship, Brazilian and Italian. She was born and raised in Southeast Brazil. She spent most of her childhood going to her grandfather’s farm and learning about the importance of agriculture and sustainability, which inspired her to pursue her degree in the environmental science field at Sao Paulo State University/Brazil. In 2012, after spending six months at University of Tokyo/Japan as an exchange student, Marcella completed her Masters in Soil Science in Brazil, and soon after she moved to WA state to earn her Ph.D. in Forest Soils at UW.

Marcella is married with two daughters (4 years old Stella and 2 years old Sarah). In her free time, she enjoys cooking, swimming, travelling and exploring the beauty of the PNW region with her family. An avid swimmer, from ages 10 to 17, Marcella participated in regional and national tournaments across Brazil.

Job responsibilities

  • Coordinate instructional support for the environmental science lab spaces, controlling all equipment, chemicals, and use of space
  • Work with faculty to develop and propose new lab exercises and lecture demonstrations
  • Train students, faculty, and staff in the safe and effective operation of environmental science lab equipment and instrumentation
  • Purchase, operate and maintain lab equipment and supplies
  • Support faculty research by purchasing equipment and supplies, advising faculty on safety regulations, and doing instrumentation setup, calibration, and repairs