Ashlee Donaher
Ashlee has a biology degree and is a recent graduate of the Masters in Chemical Engineering program. After many years of study, it’s no surprise that she is adept at simplifying complicated subject matter, and as a result is our go-to-gal for delivering webinars, product demos and training. Ashlee enjoys travelling which is a good thing in her current role at LuminUltra – having already visited 25 states. When she’s not trekking through a National Park, she can be found near the water; canoeing, kayaking or fishing.

Most Wanted Microbes – Cyanobacteria (a.k.a. Blue Green Algae)

  An image search for the term “algae” quickly reveals a page filled with photos of green-colored surface water. Many of these green blooms that often invade our lakes and rivers are well known by water treatment professionals and the public as ‘blue-green algae’. It’s responsible for beach closures, public health risks, and creates significant… Read More

Cutting back on chocolate this Easter? Here’s one more reason why you should

  Just one week ago, on March 22nd, we celebrated World Water Day, where organizations, companies, and individuals from around the globe drew attention to the importance of water and the significant challenges we’re facing in the 21st century. Water pollution and large-scale water shortages have already left 2.1 billion people without access to safe… Read More

What is a linearity check and why should you perform one on your luminometer?

  Before our PhotonMaster luminometers head out the door they are all rigorously checked in our hardware lab; sensitivity and linearity tests confirm that all units meet the required specifications for background levels, low detection limits and linearity. The linearity check confirms that the curve (Light output vs ATP standard concentration) is linear from 0.01… Read More

Top 3 Questions from the Latest WQTC

  AWWA’s WQTC is a favourite event among many water quality professionals (us included) and after another excellent conference, we wanted to answer the top 3 questions we were asked at the conference in Portland, Oregon. 1. What does your test measure? Can it test for specific species? Our tests measure the ATP concentration in… Read More

Why won’t total microbial content decrease after UV treatment?

  UV treatment only recently became widely adopted in the water and wastewater treatment industries but the benefits of sun exposure for water purification have been acknowledged for thousands of years. Ancient Sanskrit and Greek writings dating as far back as 4,000 B.C. identify exposure to sunlight as one of the recommended water treatment methods… Read More

The Future of Biotechnology: Microbots and Customized Biological Circuits

  While the world is just starting to realize the widespread abundance of microorganisms (they are quite literally everywhere) and their role in various diseases and illnesses, researchers are already designing tiny microbots that will help fight the battle against pathogens and other contaminants. We’re all aware of the risks that contaminated drinking water poses… Read More