Olivia is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a M.S. degree in Geology and the University of Florida with a B.S. degree in Geology and minor in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. While working on her M.S. thesis research, Olivia studied as a visiting scholar at the Southern University of Science and Technology where she attended short courses on reactive transport modeling of arsenic and the chemical elements in water. Olivia's thesis modeled dissolved organic matter (DOM) in the Parlung Zangbo River in southern Tibet, a region hundreds of millions of people are dependent on for water resources that is experiencing increasing temperatures and decreasing glacial mass at a faster rate than any other region in the world. Since joining Drummond Carpenter, Olivia has been working on environmental transport modeling of radionuclides.