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Sierra Clark
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:51 pm
FOCUS Sierra is interested in understanding how to make green spaces (e.g., parks, lakes, community gardens) more accessible to black Americans. This work involves analyzing how green spaces are constructed as white spaces and the formal and informal mechanisms that prevent or facilitate nonwhite access to these spaces. Sierra finds the racialization of green space… View Article
Laura Joaquina Morales
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:47 pm
FOCUS Laura is passionate about improving the lives of those who lack access to clean water due to affordability or physical infrastructure. Water systems in the United States are reflective of the built environment. There are more than 50,000 community water systems, and half of those serve 500 people or fewer. Fragmentation of these systems… View Article
Ashley M. Ortiz Chico
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:34 pm
FOCUS Ashley’s research focuses on community organizing for environmental justice in the coastal communities of Puerto Rico. She’s interested in how we create environmental policy that centers communities’ knowledge, perspectives, and needs. Coastal communities are at an increased risk of natural disasters and are often more vulnerable to climate change. This vulnerability is only exacerbated… View Article
Carol E. Ramos Gerena
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:24 pm
FOCUS As a biologist and environmental planner from Puerto Rico, Carol wants to contribute to the food sovereignty of her country. Recent unprecedented and “fast-track” land use policy deregulation in Puerto Rico will be documented and detailed in her research, centering the perspective of local food producers. With her dissertation, Carol plans to promote effective,… View Article
Lupita Quintana
Posted On November 30, 2020 6:06 pm
FOCUS Pesticides have been influential drivers of modern society and food production, yet their toxicity to humans and the environment are widespread and significant. Pesticide applicators, co-workers, bystanders, and children are exposed through various routes, resulting in acute and chronic illness, even death. Monitoring pesticide usage and poisoning cases is critical to understand the circumstances… View Article
Sofia “Sofi” Cárdenas
Posted On November 29, 2020 3:03 pm
FOCUS In her research, Sofi uses interdisciplinary methodologies to assess the intersection of biological and social processes impacting parent caregiving behaviors. Sofi’s research follows two lines of inquiry. In one line of inquiry, she uses neuroimaging and hormonal assays to clarify neurocognitive and endocrine processes supporting caregiving, with a focus on fatherhood. In Sofi’s second… View Article
Melissa Horner
Posted On November 29, 2020 2:06 pm
FOCUS Every day, tribal nations and Native individuals interrupt and heal the effects of intergenerational historical trauma caused by past and present settler colonization. Melissa’s research focuses on how, when, and where these Native-led healing approaches occur. To explore and understand the particularities, she draws on community-based participatory Indigenous methodologies and takes an interdisciplinary approach… View Article
Melinda M. Adams
Posted On November 29, 2020 2:04 pm
FOCUS Melinda is a doctoral student in Native American Studies and also conducts research in Environmental Policy and Management at The University of California, Davis. Her dissertation will focus on the social, ecological, and cultural importance of revitalizing cultural burns (prescribed fires conducted using Traditional Ecological Knowledge). Melinda’s community partners include the Patwin (Wintun) fire… View Article
Jessica L. Levasseur
Posted On November 25, 2020 9:02 pm
FOCUSJessica believes that all people have the right to a home and work environment safe from endocrine disrupting chemicals. Endocrine disrupting chemicals have been associated with a multitude of health outcomes, from asthma to infertility to some cancers. These chemicals are notoriously difficult to study and regulate because they are now found everywhere, such as… View Article

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