Members

EDGI currently has over 100 members from more than 30 different institutions and organizations. In addition to our steering committee, find profiles of some members and member organizations below:

Dan Allan profile photoDan Allan, Technology Development Coordinator, is an Associate Computational Scientist at a national laboratory, where he works on open-source data acquisition and analysis software for an X-ray synchrotron and contributes to several open-source projects in the scientific Python community. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2014 with a PhD in Physics. He studied physics, music, and applied mathematics at the University of Rochester.

 

Devin Balkind profile photoDevin Balkind is the executive director of Sarapis, a nonprofit that helps other nonprofit organizations leverage open source tools and techniques to more effectively advance their respective missions. He also serves as the president of the Sahana Software Foundation, a nonprofit organization that produces the world’s most popular open source information management system for disaster relief and humanitarian aid. Devin works at the intersection of the nonprofit sector, the free/libre/open-source movement, and grassroots community organizing initiatives to help each benefit from the best practices of the others.

 

Stephen Bocking is a professor of environmental history and policy in the Trent School of the Environment, Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario.  His research interests include the history of environmental science, and the roles of science in environmental politics.

 

 

 

Patrick Connolly profile photoPatrick Connolly, Technology Development Coordinator, is a failed biochemist, a computer programmer, a co-organizer of CivicTech Toronto, and an anarchist sympathizer. He is interested in liquid democracy, the changing nature of work, and how we can build communities and organizations that are more open, inclusive, and resilient. He is a member of the EDGI Archiving working group and coordinates volunteer open source development.

 

Alissa Cordner profile photoAlissa Cordner is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Whitman College, where she teaches Sociology and Environmental Studies courses. Her research interests include environmental sociology, environmental health and justice, risk and disasters, science and knowledge, social movements, and policy and participation. She is contributing to EDGI’s work interviewing current and former EPA employees.

 

Vanessa De La Rosa is a joint postdoctoral fellow at Northeastern University and the Silent Spring Institute. As a toxicologist, her research is focused on employing genomic technologies and alternative in vitro models to study breast carcinogens. She completed her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley in Molecular Toxicology. She is part of the team interviewing long-term employees at the EPA and OSHA.

 

 

 

 profile photoJill Harrison is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research focuses on environmental sociology, sociology of agriculture and food systems, environmental justice, political theories of justice, and immigration politics. She has used her research on political conflict over agricultural pesticide poisonings in California, recent escalations in immigration enforcement in rural Wisconsin, and government agencies environmental justice efforts to identify and explain the persistence of environmental inequalities and workplace inequalities in the United States today. In addition to numerous articles and chapters, she published Pesticide Drift and the Pursuit of Environmental Justice (MIT Press, 2011), which won book awards from the Rural Sociological Society and the Association of Humanist Sociology. She is contributing to EDGI’s work interviewing current and former EPA employees.

Mike Hucka profile photoMike Hucka is a staff scientist at an academic institution, where he leads development of data standards and open-source software tools. He has a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering, and has worked in many areas ranging from artificial intelligence to computational biology. He is a member of EDGI’s Archiving working group, and is interested in developing better systems for preserving scientific research results.

 

 

Sara Johns is a Research Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2017 with degrees in economics and environmental science. Sara’s most recent research was on the effect of wind energy on wholesale prices in Texas, and she has also done research on the California electricity market and socially responsible enterprises. Originally from outside of Baltimore, Sara loves cheering on the Ravens and Orioles. Sara is a part of EDGI’s Capacity & Governance and Website Monitoring working groups.

 

 

Katherine Kulik profile photoKatherine Kulik is from the greater Boston area and graduated from Harvard College in 2015, with a concentration in the History of Science and secondary in Earth and Planetary Sciences. She traded in pre-med for data science, and now works as an analyst for a boutique D.C. firm analyzing electricity markets. Past projects include research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a summer working at a health clinic in Bavaria, Germany. She loves long-distance bicycling, short-distance running, and exploring DC’s rooftop and restaurant scene. Katherine has been involved with the EDGI interviewing project and as a member of the Website Monitoring team.

Sarah Lamdan profile photoSarah Lamdan, Director of Legal Research, is an associate professor and law librarian at CUNY School of Law. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2005 with an Environmental Law Certificate and received a Masters Degree in Legal Information Management from Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management. She teaches legal research, lawyering skills, leads FOIA seminars, and has researched and advocated for environmental justice issues including pesticide safety in city schools, clean energy and waste disposal, and environmentally conscious urban planning in Kansas, Maryland and New York. Her forthcoming book, ​Environmental Information: Research, Access & Environmental Decisionmaking​, is published by the Environmental Law Institute.

 

Emily Marquez profile photoEmily Marquez is based at the Pesticide Action Network (PAN), her research background is in comparative endocrinology, reproductive development and endocrine disruption. Emily works in PAN’s Grassroots Science program, translating science and managing PAN projects using the Drift Catcher with community partners. She is co-author of PAN’s reports on children’s environmental health and pesticides: A Generation in Jeopardy (2012) and Kids on the Frontline (2016). Emily is a member of the EDGI Capacity & Governance working group.

 

 

Brendan O’Brien profile photoBrendan O’Brien, Technology Development Coordinator, is a software developer and startup advisor with a focus on social entrepreneurship. He’s currently working on crowdsourced mass-archiving tools and services with EDGI. He founded Process Design, a digital design agency in Toronto, Ontario, before moving to New York. Brendan graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Visual culture with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Toronto.

 

 

Jennie Liss Ohayon is a joint-postdoctoral fellow at Northeastern University and the Silent Spring Institute, a non-profit environmental health research institute. Her work focuses on the health outcomes of exposures to hormone disrupting chemicals, strategies for engaging communities in health research, and environmental justice policy. She completed her PhD at the University of California, Santa Cruz researching the remediation of toxic waste in military Superfund sites. She is part of the team that is interviewing long-term employees at the EPA and OSHA.

 

 

Liza Piper is an associate professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton where she teaches environmental history and the histories of northern and western Canada. Her publications include The Industrial Transformation of Subarctic Canada (2009) and Sustaining the West: Cultural Responses to Canadian Environments (2015) an edited collection of eco-criticism, art, poetry, and environmental history. Her research and writing examine the histories of health and environmental change, natural resource exploitation, and science. You can learn more about her current and past projects at www.lizapiper.ca.

 

 

Matt Price profile photoMatt Price, Technology Development Lead, is a historian of science and technology interested in the social impacts of technologies. His interest in digital technology emerged out of research (especially on early cybernetics, in the 1950s and 1960s) and partly from a practical engagement teaching technical skills to kids and people in social housing.

 

Lauren Richter is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at Northeastern University and a member of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute. Lauren studies scientific controversies around chemical exposure and human health effects. Her dissertation examines the discovery of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), a class of chemicals in widespread use since the 1950s. She is a Switzer Foundation Fellow, and received a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement award in 2017. She contributes to the EDGI interviewing project.

Justin Schell profile profile photoJustin Schell is the Director of the Shapiro Design Lab, a peer learning and project design community at the University of Michigan Library. Passionate about all things community and citizen science, he has helped organize Data Rescue events across the country. He is also the founder of the Minnesota Hip-Hip Archive at the University of Minnesota Library and is the director of “We Rock Long Distance,” a documentary film weaving together the lives and music of three Minnesota hip-hop artists with roots far beyond the state’s borders. He has a PhD from the University of Minnesota’s Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society.

 

Marianne Sullivan received her doctorate in Public Health from the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently an Associate Professor of Public Health at William Paterson University of New Jersey. She has also held teaching positions at Hofstra University and New York University. Prior to working in academia, she was an epidemiologist at Public Health – Seattle & King County, where she worked on many community based participatory research projects. Her book, Tainted Earth: Smelters, Public Health and the Environment was published in 2014 by Rutgers University Press. She has published numerous papers on occupational and environmental health and community based participatory research in peer-reviewed journals.

Vivian Underhill profile photoVivian Underhill is a PhD student in Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She work on environmental justice questions related to oil and gas drilling along Alaska’s Northern Slope. Vivian is a member of the Capacity and Governance working group on rapid academic analyses of political events.

 

 

Lourdes Vera is a PhD student in Sociology and member of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) at Northeastern University. As a former teacher, she is interested in how D.I.Y. tools and data visualization can help individuals from all skill levels and backgrounds mobilize to address environmental health and justice concerns. With EDGI, she has helped build and update this very website!

 

 

Dawn Walker profile photoDawn Walker is a PhD student at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. Her research focuses on citizen participation in technology design practices, in particular for environmental advocacy. Sitting at the intersection of the technology design, information practices, and civic engagement, her research bridges socio-technical design approaches with critical social science inquiry. She is a member of the EDGI Data Archiving working group developing approaches to preserve and track changes to federal environmental data.

 

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