Reible Research Group

Tea Vrtlar [Tay-uh, Vert-lar]

Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Engineering

Contact Information
Office:    MERC 106C
Phone:    512.423.6944


The closest to the correct pronunciation is Tay-uh Vert-larr. My hometown is Split, Croatia. I have earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in May of 2014.

My first research experience started under Dr. Danny Reible while working with Dr. Courtney Thomas as a part of the Graduates Linked with Undergraduates in Engineering (GLUE) program, where I researched the mobility and association of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in soils with different amounts of organic carbon.

My involvement in the GLUE research program led me to an undergraduate research assistant position for Dr. Ariette Schierz. I worked with Dr. Schierz on managing mercury contaminated sediments and mercury bioaccumulation in aquatic ecosystems by capping or by in-situ treatment. As of August 2014, I moved to TTU to pursue my Ph.D.

Please check out my website for my current progress at