Daniel S. Alessi is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, who specializes in environmental geochemistry and geomicrobiology. Since 2013, his research group has focused on understanding the surface chemistry and reactivity of environmental materials such as iron oxides, bacteria, and biochar, on lithium extraction from oilfield brines, and on improving our knowledge of the water cycle in unconventional oil and gas operations. Dr. Alessi holds the Encana Chair in Water Resources at the University of Alberta, and was awarded the 2017-2018 Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award and the 2020-2021 Faculty of Science Research Award. In 2022 he was elected a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. He sits on the editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals including Marine and Petroleum Geology, Science of the Total Environment, ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, Environmental Pollution, Geobiology, Environmental Geochemistry and Health, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, Geochemical Transactions and Chemical Geology.