Leadership Stories

2016 Fellow Kimberley Rain Miner is developing a framework to assess the threat of pesticides — including DDT — that for years have been trapped in glacial ice and now are entering watersheds as the glaciers melt. She seeks to quantify effects of pollutants downstream for her doctorate at the University of Maine.Read more >
Among her many accomplishments bridging her love of science and public service, Fellow Karen Levy's most recent is her selection as a fellow of the AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute (LLI) for Public Engagement with Science. “The best way to maintain public support for science is for people to understand it,” Levy says, “to understand the underlying scientific process, to learn about exciting discoveries, and to understand how it affects their own lives.”Read more >
Dr. Nathan McClintock is an Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University . He is a geographer whose primary focus is on urban agriculture policy and practice, and how they articulate with political economy, race, class, and gender. He and his partners at Simon...Read more >
Dr. Martha Matsuoka is an Associate Professor in the Urban and Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, where she is also the Executive Director of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute . She focuses her teaching and research on environmental...Read more >
Dr. Asa Bradman is an environmental health scientist and expert in exposure assessment and epidemiology focusing on occupational and environmental exposures to pregnant women and children. He co-founded the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health (CERCH) in the UC Berkeley School of...Read more >
Dr. Christina H. Fuller is an assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health where she works in the field of air quality exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology. Her research interests include outdoor air pollution, the...Read more >
Shrayas Jatkar currently works for the Coalition for Clean Air in Sacramento where he advocates for various statewide policies that support environmental and climate justice. He was one of the main advocates for Assembly Bill 1550 (AB 1550) , which was signed into law in 2016. This law increases...Read more >
Morgan Grove is a social scientist and Team Leader for the USDA Forest Service's Baltimore Field Station . His work focuses on the long-term dynamics of environmental justice in Baltimore, measuring park access and enviornmental justice in the city . His team looks at amenities like parks and tree...Read more >
Fellow Ayana Johnson became one of the driving forces behind the March for Science in Washington, D.C.—the first march she’s ever organized—because she thinks her profession is “at risk” under President Donald Trump.Read more >
At the end of October, a room full of politicians, biologists, and conservationists in Australia erupted in applause. After five years of negotiations, 24 countries and the European Union unanimously agreed to create a marine protected area (MPA) in Antarctica’s Ross Sea, which is considered the most pristine marine ecosystem in the world. Fellow Cassandra Brooks has worked in the region on this project for years, but says the agreement comes with some important caveats.Read more >

Spotlight on Leadership

The secret to saving the world: How ordinary people actually can prevent global disaster
The realization that individual action has little to no impact on major environmental problems — to say nothing of the existential threat of climate change — can prompt despair, 1995 Fellow Paul Steinberg, a professor of political science and environmental policy at Harvey Mudd College, says. But it doesn’t have to. We could try, instead, consulting social scientists, who have spent a lot of time thinking about just this problem: How can a single individual can act in a way that effects large-scale change?Read more >

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