Rachel Morello-Frosch

Rachel Morello-Frosch

Professor, ESPM and School of Public Health
PhD, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health; University of California, Berkeley

MPH, Epidemiology/Biostatistics; University of California, Berkeley

BA, Development Studies; University of California, Berkeley

Research Description
My research focuses on environmental health and environmental justice. I am particularly interested in addressing the double jeopardy faced by communities of color and the poor who experience high exposures to environmental hazards and who are more vulnerable to the toxic effects of pollution due to poverty, malnutrition, discrimination, and underlying health conditions. How do matters of race and class affect distributions of health risks in the United States? What are the causes and consequences of environmental disparities and health inequalities? How can research create “upstream” opportunities for intervention and prevention? I am also interested in evaluating the influence of community participation on environmental health research, science, regulation, and policy-making, as well as in developing methods to foster community-based participatory research.
Selected Publications

1. Casey JA, Karasek, D, Ogburn, EK, Goin D, Dang K, Braveman, PA, Morello-Frosch R (2018) Coal and oil power plant retirements in California associated with reduced preterm birth among populations nearby. American Journal of Epidemiology. Forthcoming.

2. Casey JA, Karasek, D, Gemmill A, Ogburn, EK, Goin D, Morello-Frosch R (2018) Increase in fertility following coal and oil power plant retirements in California. Environmental Health. Forthcoming.

3. Wang A, Gerona R, Schwartz JM, Lin T, Sirota M, Morello-Frosch R, Woodruff T (2018). A Suspect Screening Method for Characterizing Multiple Chemical Exposures among a Demographically Diverse Population of Pregnant Women in San Francisco. Environmental Health Perspectives, In Press.

4. Varshavsky JR, Morello-Frosch R, Woodruff T, Zota A (2018) Dietary sources of cumulative phthalates exposure among the U.S. general population in NHANES 2005-2014. Environment International https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2018.02.029

5. Huang, H, Wang A, Morello-Frosch R, Lam J, Sirota M, Padula A, Woodruff T (2018) Cumulative Risk and Impacts Modeling on Environmental Chemical and Social Stressors. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2018 Feb 13. doi: 10.1007/s40572-018-0180-5.

6. Carrera JS, Brown P, Brody JG, Morello-Frosch R (2018) Research altruism as motivation for participation in community-centered environmental health research. Social Science and Medicine 2018 Jan;196:175-181

7. Casey J, James P, Cushing L, Jesdale BM, Morello-Frosch R (2017) Race, ethnicity, and income concentration and 10-year change in urban greenness in the United States. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  2017 Dec 10;14(12). pii: E1546. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14121546.

8. McHale CM, Osborne G, Morello-Frosch R, Salmon AG, Sandy MS, Solomon G, Zhang L, Smith MT, Zeise L (2017) Assessing Health Risks from Multiple Environmental Stressors: Moving from G×E to I×E, Mutation Research/Reviews in Mutation Researchhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.mrrev.2017.11.003

9. Vesterinen HM, Morello-Frosch R, Sen S, Zeise L, Woodruff TJ (2017) Cumulative effects of prenatal-exposure to exogenous chemicals and psychosocial stress on fetal growth: systematic-review of the human and animal evidence, PLOS ONE, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0176331

10. Casey JA, Morello-Frosch R, Mennitt DJ, Fristrup K, Ogburn EL, James P. (2017) Race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, residential segregation, and spatial variation in noise exposure in the contiguous United States. Environmental Health Perspectives, DOI:10.1289/EHP898.

11. Boronow KE, Susmann HP, Krzysztof GZ, Rudel RA,  Arnold KC, Brown P, Morello-Frosch R, Havas L, Brody JG (2017) DERBI: A Digital Method to Help Researchers Offer “Right-to-Know” Personal Exposure Results, Environmental Health Perspectives 125(2) A27-A33.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/EHP702.

Honors and Awards

Committee on Teaching Excellence Award, University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health (Spring 2015)

Chancellor’s Award for Research in Public Service, University of California, Berkeley (2012)

Damu Smith Environmental Health Achievement Award, Environment Section, American Public Health Association (2010)

William G. McLoughlin Award for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences, Brown University (2006)

Richard and Nancy Carney Endowed Chair, Brown University (2004)

Salomon Research Grant, Brown University Office of Research Administration (2003-2004)

National Science Foundation Research Starter Grant (2001-2002)

Professional Research and Development Award, San Francisco State University (2001)

US EPA’s Science and Technology Achievement (STAR) Award for the Cumulative Exposure Project (2001)

National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship (1999-2000)

California Public Health Association – Award for Outstanding Student Contribution to Community-based Research (1999)

University of California President’s Post-doctoral Fellowship (1998-1999)

Switzer Environmental Leadership Award, The San Francisco Foundation (1997)

Phi Beta Kappa Fellowship (1997)

Russell M. Grossman Endowment Award, University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health (1996-97)

Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program Fellowship,University of California (1995-1997)

Switzer Environmental Fellowship, The San Francisco Foundation (1995-1996)

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award (1995)

Mentored Research Fellowship, UC Berkeley (1994-1995)

Graduate Opportunity Program Fellowship, UC Berkeley (1993-1994)

Public Health Traineeship Award, UC Berkeley (1992-1993)

Recent Teaching

ESPM 197/PH 160:  Environmental Health and Development; University of California, Berkeley

PH 202B/ESPM 290:  Ethnicity, Race, and Culture in Health Status; University of California, Berkeley

ESPM 198:  Senior Capstone Seminar in Society and Environment Major; University of California, Berkeley

ESPM 194:  CapstoneSeminar in Conservation and Resource Studies; University of California, Berkeley


Rachel Morello-Frosch CV – 2018

Seth Shonkoff

Seth Shonkoff

Visiting Scholar, Executive Director of PSE Healthy Energy

PhD, Environmental Science, Policy and Management; University of California, Berkeley

MPH, Epidemiology, School of Public Health; University of California, Berkeley

BA, Environmental Studies; Skidmore College

Research Interests
energy, climate, health, oil and gas, air pollution, water pollution
Research Description
I am the executive director of the energy science and policy institute, PSE Healthy Energy. I am also a visiting scholar in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley and an affiliate in the Environment Energy Technology Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. An environmental and public health scientist by training, I have more than 15 years of experience in water, air, climate, and population health research. I have published more than 35 peer reviewed papers and technical reports, and I am an author of multiple high profile scientific assessments including the Human Health chapter of The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), two human health chapters in the California Senate Bill 4 Independent Scientific Study on hydraulic fracturing and well stimulation; and a forthcoming assessment of the public health dimensions of underground gas storage in the State of California. I have sat on multiple science-policy expert panels, and have worked and published on topics related to the intersection of energy, air pollution, water quality, climate, and human health from scientific and policy perspectives.
Selected Publications

1. Czolowski E, Santoro RL, Srebotnjak T, Shonkoff SBC. 2017. Towards Consistent Methodology to Quantify Populations in Proximity to Oil and Gas Development: A National Spatial Analysis and Review. Environmental Health Perspectives. Online version available at: https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/EHP1535.

2. DiGiulio DC, Shonkoff SBC, Jackson RB. Submitted. The Need to Protect Fresh and Brackish Groundwater Resources During Unconventional Oil and Gas Development.

3. DiGiulio D, Shonkoff SBC. 2017. Is Reuse of Produced Water Safe? First, Let’s Find out What’s in It. August 2017. EM Magazine, a copyrighted publication of the Air & Waste Management Association.

4. Stringfellow WT, Camarillo MK, Domen JK, Shonkoff SBC. 2017. Comparison of Chemical-Use Between Hydraulic Fracturing, Acidizing, and Routine Oil and Gas Development. PLoS ONE. 12(4): e0175344. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0175344

5. Shonkoff SBC, Hays J, Hill LA, Krieger E, Hughes D, Hosang N, Law A. 2016. Trump: Renewables for Self-Sufficiency. Nature. 540:341. Available at: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v540/n7633/pdf/540341b.pdf

6. Hays J, McCawley M, Shonkoff SBC. 2016. Public Health Implications of Environmental Noise Associated with Unconventional Oil and Gas Development. Science of The Total Environment. Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969716325724.

7. Krieger E, Casey J, Shonkoff SBC. 2016. A framework for siting and dispatch of emerging energy resources to realize environmental and health benefits: Case study on peaker power plant displacement. Energy Policy. 96:302-313. Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421516302798.

8. Hays J, Shonkoff SBC. 2016. Toward an Understanding of the Environmental and Public
Health Impacts of Unconventional Natural Gas Development: A Categorical Assessment of the Peer-Reviewed Scientific Literature, 2009-2015. PLoS ONE. 11(4): e0154164. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0154164.

9. Hays J, Finkel M, Depledge M, Law A, Shonkoff SBC. 2015. Considerations for the
development of shale gas in the United Kingdom. Science of The Total Environment. 512-513:
36-42. Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969715000078.

10. Ingraffea A, Wells M, Santoro R, Shonkoff SBC. 2014. Assessment and Risk Analysis of Casing and Cement Impairment in Oil and Gas Wells in Pennsylvania: 2000-2012. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. 111 (30): 10955-10960. Available at: http://www.pnas.org/content/111/30/10955.abstract.

11. Shonkoff SB, Hays, J, Finkel, MF. 2014. The Public Health Dimensions of Shale Gas Development. Environmental Health Perspectives. 122 (8): 787-795. http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1307866.

12. Law A, Hays J, Shonkoff SB, Finkel, ML. 2014. Re: Public Health England’s reply to Editorial on
its Draft Report on Shale Gas Extraction. BMJ. 348:g3280.

13. Law A, Hays J, Shonkoff SB, Finkel, ML. 2014. Public Health England’s Draft Report on Shale Gas Extraction: Mistaking Best Practices for Actual Practices. BMJ. 348:g2728.

14. Shonkoff SB. 2013. Shale gas and Tight Oil Development: Look Before We Leap. Global Energy Affairs. Available at: http://globalenergyinitiative.org/insights/103-shale-gas-tight- oil-development.html

15. Shonkoff SB, Morello-Frosch R, Pastor M, Sadd J. 2011. Environmental Health and Equity Implications of Climate Change and Mitigation Policies in California: A Review of the Literature. Climatic Change. Volume 109. Supp. 1.

16. Smith KR, Jerrett M, Anderson HR, Burnett RT, Stone V, Derwent R, Atkinson RW, Cohen A, Shonkoff SB, Krewski D, Pope CA, 3rd, Thun MJ, Thurston G. 2009. Public Health Benefits of Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse-Gas Emissions: Health Implications of Short-Lived Greenhouse Pollutants. The Lancet. 374(9707): 2091-2103.

17. Shonkoff SB, Morello-Frosch R, Pastor M, Sadd J. 2009. Minding the Climate Gap: Implications of Environmental Health Inequities for Mitigation Policies in California. Environmental Justice 2(4): 173-177.

18. Spencer DF, Ksander GG, Donovan MJ, Liow PS, Chan WK, Greenfield BK, Shonkoff SB,
Andrew S. 2006. Evaluation of Water Hyacinth Survival and Growth in the Sacramento Delta, California, Following Cutting. The Journal of Plant Management. 44: 50-60.

Honors and Awards

Pioneer Under 40 in Environmental Public Health; Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE)

Emerging Leader, Emerging Leaders Fund; The Claneil Foundation

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award; University of California, Berkeley

Recent Teaching

Environmental Science Senior Research Seminar; University of California, Berkeley (Fall 2010 – Spring 2012)

Sociology of Natural Resources; University of California, Berkeley (Fall 2009)

Environmental Health and Development; University of California, Berkeley (Fall 2008)

Lara Cushing

Lara Cushing

Visiting Scholar, Professor at San Francisco State University



PhD, Energy & Resources; University of California, Berkeley (2016)

MPH, Epidemiology; University of California, Berkeley (2011)

BS, Molecular Environmental Biology; University of California, Berkeley (2003)

Research Interests
environmental justice, climate change, GIS, community-engaged scholarship
Research Description

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University and a Visiting Scholar in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. My research examines social inequalities in environmental exposures and the combined impacts of environmental and social stressors on health. My work has investigated questions of environmental justice in the context of pollution sources and hazardous sites, prenatal exposures to harmful chemicals, and climate change. Current projects include examining the impact of flaring from oil and gas wells on reproductive health outcomes and work to reduce the health risks of unsafe drinking water among low income households reliant on private wells.

Selected Publications

1. Andrade, J., L. Cushing, A. Wesner, “Science Shops and the US Research University: A Path for Community-Engaged Scholarship and Disruption of the Power Dynamics of Knowledge Production” In: Education for Citizenship and Social Justice, T.D. Mitchell and K.M. Soria (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan, Chan, 2018, ISBN 978-3-319-62970-4, pgs. 149-165

2. Casey, J.A., P. James, L. Cushing, B.M. Jesdale, R. Morello-Frosch, “Race, Ethnicity, Income Concentration and 10-Year Change in Urban Greenness in the United States” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2017) 14 (12) 1546-1561, doi:10.3390/ijerph14121546

3. Morello-Frosch, R., L. Cushing, B.M. Jesdale, J. Schwartz, W. Guo, T. Guo, M. Wang, S. Harwani, S.S. Petropoulou, W. Duong, J.S. Park, M. Petreas, R. Gajek, J. Alvaran, J. She, R. Das and T.J. Woodruff, “Environmental Chemicals in an Urban Population of Pregnant Women and their Newborns from San Francisco” Environmental Science & Technology (2016) 50 (22): 12464–12472, doi: 10.1021/acs.est.6b03492

4. Cushing, L., J. Faust, L. August, R. Cendak, W. Wieland and G. Alexeeff, “Racial/ethnic disparities in cumulative environmental health impacts in California: evidence from a state-wide environmental justice screening tool (CalEnviroScreen 1.1)” American Journal of Public Health (2015) 105(11): 2341-2348, doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302643

5. Cushing, L., R. Morello-Frosch, M. Wander and M. Pastor, “The Haves, the Have-nots, and the Health of Everyone: The Relationship between Social Inequality and Environmental Quality”, Annual Review of Public Health (2015), 18(36): 193-209, doi: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031914-122646

6. Jesdale, B., R. Morello-Frosch and L. Cushing, “The Racial/Ethnic Distribution of Heat Risk–Related Land Cover in Relation to Residential Segregation”, Environmental Health Perspectives (2013), 121(7):811-817, doi:10.1289/ehp.1205919

Honors and Awards

Switzer Environmental Leadership Fellowship; Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation

Chancellor’s Public Fellow; University of California, Berkeley

Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Recent Teaching

HED 655 Environmental Health; San Francisco State University


Carolina Balazs

Carolina Balazs

Research Scientist for the EPA's OEHHA



PhD, Energy and Resources; University of California Berkeley

MS, Energy and Resources; University of California, Berkeley

BS, Environmental Science; Brown University

Research Interests
drinking water, water justice, environmental health, environmental justice, California water, human right to water
Research Description

I am a Research Scientist for the California Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). My research focuses on exposure to drinking water contaminants and the environmental justice implications of this work. I am passionate about working with local communities to address and solve drinking water quality problems using participatory research methods and collaborative approaches. I have worked for over a decade with non-profit organizations, academics and state agencies conducting community engaged water equity research in both California and Latin America. I am the lead on OEHHA’s human right to water work and co-lead the SRP’s Water Equity Science Shop. Prior to joining OEHHA I was a post-doctoral scholar at UC Davis and worked as a Research Scientist with the Community Water Center. I hold a PhD and Masters from UC Berkeley focused on water resources management and environmental health, and a BS in Environmental Science from Brown University.

Selected Publications

1. Lubell, M.N. and Balazs, C. Adaptive Governance and Integrated Water Resources, in The Oxford Manual on Water Politics and Policy. 2018.

2. Ranganathan, M and Balazs, C. 2015, Drinking Water Marginalization at the Urban Fringe: Learning Across the North-South Divide. Urban Geography. 36:3, 403-423.

3. Balazs, C and Lubell, M. 2014. Water Justice and Social Learning: The Case of the Upper Kings Basin. Water Policy Special Issue on Justice in Water Governance. 16: 97-120.

4. Balazs, C and Ray, I. 2014. The Drinking Water Disparities Framework: On the Origins and Persistence of Inequities in Exposure, American Journal of Public Health, 104(4): 603-611.

5. Balazs, C and Morello-Frosch, R. 2013. The Three R’s: How Community Based Participatory Research Strengthens the Rigor, Relevance and Reach of Science. Environmental Justice, 1(6): 9-14.

6. Balazs, C., Morello-Frosch, R, Hubbard, A and Ray, I. 2012. Environmental justice implications of arsenic contamination in California’s San Joaquin Valley: a cross-sectional, cluster-design examining exposure and compliance in community drinking water systems. Environmental Health, 11(84): 2-12.

7. Balazs, C., Morello-Frosch, R, Hubbard, A and Ray, I. Just Water? 2011. Social Disparities in Nitrate Contaminated Drinking Water in California’s Central Valley. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Honors and Awards

UC Presidential Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2013)

Switzer Environmental Leadership Grant for work with Community Water Center (2012)

Switzer Environmental Leadership Fellowship for graduate studies (2009-2010)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2007-2010)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency STAR Graduate Fellowship (2006-2009)

Fulbright Fellowship for study in Bolivia (2002-2003)

Recent Teaching

Guest lecturer; San Francisco State University (2017)

Guest lecturer; University of California, Berkeley (2012-2017)



Julia Rachel Varshavsky

Julia Rachel Varshavsky

Postdoctoral Scientist



PhD, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health; University of California, Berkeley

MPH, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health; University of California, Berkeley

BS, Molecular Environmental Biology; University of California, Berkeley

Research Description
I am a postdoctoral scientist in environmental epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, where I conduct biologically-based, population-level studies on exposure and health risks associated with endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). I aim to improve public health by studying reproductive and developmental health impacts related to EDCs commonly found in consumer and personal care products and identifying opportunities to reduce exposure and associated health risks among vulnerable populations. I earned my MPH and PhD in environmental health sciences at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. My dissertation research focused on developing methods for; characterizing disparities in; and evaluating dietary sources of cumulative phthalates exposure. Prior to graduate school, I facilitated scientific dialogue and research translation around developmental impacts of environmental contaminants as the reproductive health working group coordinator for the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE). I studied molecular biology as an undergraduate and contributed to laboratory research that improved chemical screening methods in water through microarray development. I enjoy spending free time outside with my 18 month old son, where we go on many long walks and have deep conversations about birds, airplanes, flowers, and buses. I also enjoy cooking, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Selected Publications

1. Varshavsky J., Zota A., Woodruff T. A Novel Method for Calculating Potency-Weighted Cumulative

2. Phthalates Exposure with Implications for Identifying Racial/Ethnic Disparities among U.S. Reproductive-
Aged Women in NHANES 2001-2012. Environmental Science and Technology 2016; 50(19):10616-10624.

3. Morello-Frosch R., Varshavsky J., Liboiron M., Brown P., Brody J.G. Communicating Results in Post-
Belmont Era Biomonitoring Studies: Lessons from Genetics and Neuroimaging Research. Environmental Research 2015; 136: 363-372.

4. Quach T., Varshavsky J., Von Behren J., Garcia E., Tong M., Nguyen T., Tran A., Gunier R., Reynolds P.
Reducing Chemical Exposures in Nail Salons through Owner and Worker Trainings: An Exploratory
Intervention Study. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2012; 9999: 1-12.

5. Garcia-Reyero N., Poynton H.C., Kennedy A.J., Guan X., Escalon B.L., Chang B., Varshavsky J., Loguinov
A.V., Vulpe C.D., Perkins E.J. Biomarker Discovery and Transcriptomic Responses in Daphnia magna
exposed to Munitions Constituents. Environmental Science and Technology 2009; 43: 4188-4193.

6. Poynton H.C., Loguinov A.V., Varshavsky J.R., Chan S., Perkins E.J., Vulpe C.D. Gene Expression Profiling
in Daphnia magna Part I: Concentration-Dependent Profiles Provide Support for the No Observed
Transcriptional Effect Level. Environmental Science and Technology 2008; 42: 6250-6256.

7. Poynton H.C., Varshavsky J.R., Chang B., Cavigiolio G., Chan S., Holman P.S., Loguinov A.V., Bauer D.J.,
Komachi K., Theil E.C., Perkins E.J., Hughes O., Vulpe C.D. Daphnia magna Ecotoxicogenomics Provides
Mechanistic Insights into Metal Toxicity. Environmental Science and Technology 2007; 41: 1044-1050.

Honors and Awards

National Science Foundation Systems Approach to Green Energy (SAGE) Fellowship (2015-2017)

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) (2015-2017)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship (2012-2015)

University of California, Berkeley, School Public Health Alumni Association Scholarship (2011-2014)

American Industrial Hygiene Foundation Liberty Mutual Scholarship (2011)

3M Industrial Hygiene Scholarship (2011)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Traineeship (2010)

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship; University of California, Berkeley (2004)

Bioneers Youth Scholarship (2003)

Clare Pace

Clare Pace

Postdoctoral Scientist

PhD, Environmental Science; University of Nevada, Reno

MPH, Epidemiology; University of Nevada, Reno

BS, Biology; Sierra Nevada College

BA, Fine Art; Santa Clara University

Research Interests

Environmental toxicology, environmental justice, water quality, cardiovascular toxicology, mitochondrial dysfunction

Research Description

My research focuses on environmental justice and the health effects of environmental contaminants. I am particularly interested in addressing exposure to contaminated groundwater among vulnerable populations. I also conduct research on cardiovascular, metabolic, and mitochondrial dysfunction associated with arsenic exposure. I am currently working on a project that aims to reduce the risk of exposure to contaminated drinking water in California through community involvement, education, and environmental policy.

Selected Publications

1. Pace C., Banerjee T.D., Welch B., Khalili R., Dagda R.K., Angermann J. (2016). Monomethylarsonous Acid, But not Inorganic Arsenic, is a Mitochondria Specific Toxicant in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells. Toxicology in Vitro. 35:188-201. doi: 10.1016/j.tiv.2016.06.006

2. Pace C., Dagda R.K., Angermann J. (2017). Antioxidants Protect Against Arsenic Induced Mitochondrial Cardio-toxicity. Toxics. 5, 38: doi:10.3390/toxics5040038

3. Pace C., Smith-Gagen J., Angermann J. (2018). Arsenic Methylation Capacity and Metabolic Syndrome in the 2013-2014 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 15, 1: 168; doi:10.3390/ijerph15010168

Honors and Awards

Suma Cum Laude, University of Nevada, Reno (2017)

Suma Cum Laude, University of Nevada, Reno (2014)

M.P.H. Academic Achievement Award, University of Nevada, Reno (2014)

Graduate Student Association, University of Nevada Reno, Student Scholarship (2014)

Nevada Public Health Association Scholarship Winner (2013)

Miles Public Health Scholarship Award, University of Nevada Reno (2011)

Valedictorian Candidate, Sierra Nevada College (2011)

Suma Cum Laude, Sierra Nevada College (2011)

Undergraduate Research Prize Recipient, 2nd place, Sierra Nevada College (2011)

Recent Teaching

Letter of Appointment. Biostatistics; University of Nevada, Reno (Spring 2018)

Adjunct Faculty. Biology; Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV (Fall 2016)


Cassidy Clarity

Cassidy Clarity

Women Workers Biomonitoring Collaborative Study Coordinator

MPH, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health; University of California, Berkeley

BA, Biology major, Environmental Studies minor; Boston College

Research Interests

occupational health, environmental justice, biomonitoring, women’s health, endocrine disruption, environmental epidemiology

Research Description

I am currently working on the Women Workers Biomonitoring Collaborative (WWBC), a community-based participatory research study that aims to assess female firefighters, nurses, and office workers’ environmental exposures.

Selected Publications

1. Clarity C, Gourley G, Handley M, Ackerman S, Lyles C, Schillinger D, Sarkar U. Implementation Science Workshop: Barriers and Facilitators to Increasing Mammography Screening Rates in California’s Public Hospitals. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 Jun;32(6):697-705.

2. Nelson K, Sanford E, Emmons-Bell S, Clarity C, Gorukanti A, Kennelly P, Handley M. Examining Lead Exposures in California Through State-Issued Health Alerts for Food Contamination and an Exposure-Based Candy Testing Program. Environ Health Perspect. 2017 Oct 26;125(10):104503.

Honors and Awards

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Industrial Hygiene Traineeship (2016-2018)

University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health Alumni Association Scholarship (2017)

Kathy Tran

Kathy Tran

PhD Candidate, Environmental Health Sciences

PhD Candidate, Environmental Health Sciences; University of California, Berkeley

MPH, Global Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH); Emory University

BS, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology; University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests
climate change, health equity, environmental justice, energy, policy
Research Description
I am a doctoral student in environmental health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. My interest in place-based environmental hazards that have implications for climate change, health and environmental justice began at Emory University, where I completed my Master of Public Health. During my time there, I had the pleasure of working on projects with vulnerable populations and collaborating with policymakers in India and Atlanta, GA. I continue to strive to identify disproportionate impacts of environmental hazards in my work and am committed to translating my research to affect equitable policymaking. I am currently examining the relationship of California oil/gas development relative to prenatal health outcomes and drinking water resources.
Selected Publications

1. White AC, Khuu JK, Dang CY, Hu J, Tran K, Liu A, Gomez S,  Zhang Z, YI R, Scumpia P, Grigorian M, and Lowry WE. Stem cell quiescence acts as a tumor suppressor mechanism in hair follicle initiated squamous tumors. Nature Cell Biology. 2014 Jan;16(1):99-107. PubMed PMID: 24335650; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3874399.

2. Tran K, Azhar G, Nair R, Jaiswal A, Knowlton K, Mavalankar D, Hess J. A cross-sectional, randomized sample survey of household vulnerability to extreme heat among urban slum dwellers in Ahmedabad, Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2013 Jun 18;10(6):2515-43. PubMed PMID: 23778061; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3717750.

3. White AC, Tran K, Khuu J, Dang C, Cui Y, Binder SW, Lowry WE. Defining the origins of Ras/p53-mediated squamous cell carcinoma. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 May 3;108(18):7425-30. PubMed PMID: 21502519; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3088581.


Honors and Awards

Mentored Research Award Fellowship (2017-2018)

EPA-NEJAC Youth Perspectives Climate Change Workgroup (2016-2018)

SAGE-IGERT Fellowship, UC Berkeley (2016-2018)

Tenbosch Graduate Fellowship, UC Berkeley (2014-2015)

NCAR Biannual Colloquium on Climate and Health Scholarship (July 2013)

American Public Health Association Environment Section Student Scholarship Award (September 2012)

Public Health Traineeship, Emory University (November 2011)

Recent Teaching
PH 150B: Introduction to Environmental Health; University of California, Berkeley


Julie Gorecki

Julie Gorecki

PhD Candidate, Environmental Science, Policy, Management

PhD Candidate, Society and Environment division of Environmental Science and Policy Management; University of California, Berkeley

Masters, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)

BA, Joint Specialist in Political Science and Philosophy, Minor in History; University of Toronto

Research Interests

Climate Change, Environmental Impact, Feminist Theory, Women and Gender Studies, Ecofeminism, Postcolonial Feminism, Post Colonial Studies, Queer Ecologies, Indigenous Feminism, Critical Theory, Feminist Economics, Environmental Studies, Environmental Philosophy, Qualitative Methodologies

Research Description

Scholars and international organizations have shown that climate change disproportionately affects women. Indigenous women and women of the Global South are particularly impacted. Women’s traditional labor roles and their lack of economic and socio-political power are proving to be non-conducive to climate change adaptation. Affected women have organized the “Women for Climate Justice” contingent — an international interface of women’s groups, collectives, initiatives and organizations — positioned at the forefront of the global climate justice movement. They look to remedy the disproportionate effects of climate change on them, while contending that women’s local work skills and knowledge can help mitigate climate change. My research investigates the nexus between climate change and gender. Specifically, I explore the burdens and solutions of the Women for Climate Justice contingent to better understand the global pattern of gendered vulnerability to climate change, as well as how it sheds light on feminist theories that explain the wider systemic oppression of women.

The theoretical component of my research is embedded in ecological feminist theories that have long contended that environmental and gender exploitation are linked. They have affirmed that capitalism’s founding ideology of continuous growth—materialized as the infinite extraction of finite natural resources—has been necessitated by the coincident subordination of women, minorities, and nature, and is based on the exploitation of women’s, power, bodies and labor.

Selected Publications

1. “‘Mother Earth’ Ethic and the Rise of Capitalism in North America,” Genesis : Rivista della Societa Italiana delle Stroriche, international and mutilingual academic journal

Honors and Awards

Arnold Schultz Fellowship (2017)

Highest Honors, Masters Degree, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) (2013)

Recent Teaching

Teacher’s Assistant, GWS 126, Film, Feminism and the Avant-Garde; UC Berkeley

Teacher’s Assistant, GWS 100AC, Women in American Cultures: Settler Colonialism, Wilderness, Women/Gender, and the American West; UC Berkeley

Graduate Student Instructor, ESPM 161, Environment Philosophy and Ethics; UC Berkeley

Graduate Student Instructor, ESPM 167 Environmental Health and Development; UC Berkeley

Graduate Student Researcher, The Fate of Nature in the Anthropocene : The Humanities and the Environmental Turn; Townsend Center Seminar

Instructor, “Introduction to Feminist Theory and Gender Studies”; Paris Diderot University (Paris 7)


Chryl Corbin

Chryl Corbin

PhD Candidate, Environmental Science, Policy, Management

PhD Candidate, Environmental Science, Policy and Management; University of California, Berkeley

BA, African American Studies; University of California, Berkeley

BA, Media Studies; University of California, Berkeley

AA, Liberal Arts; Berkeley City College

Research Interests
Race, Class, City Planning, Green Spaces, Green Cities, Gentrification, Urban Parks, (Urban) Political Ecology, Media, and Science Fiction (Utopian/ Dystopian/Speculative/Visionary Fiction/ Afrofuturism)
Research Description
I am a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management within the Division of Society & Environment. My research examines the relationships between society and nature within the built environment by investigating the concept of the green city within the United States. As an urban environmentalist and political ecologist, my work focuses on how environmental policies and practices in cities impact low-income neighborhoods and communities of color and their access to public green spaces, urban nature. The aim of my research is to illuminate how historical processes of urbanization and current urban environmental policies, at scale, are impacting the lived experiences of the most vulnerable residents right now, and what that could mean for future populations living in green cities.
Selected Publications

1. C.N.E. Corbin,“Wakanda! Take the Wheel! Visions of a Black Green City.” Planning Theory and Practice. Race and Spatial Imaginary: Planning Otherwise, Vol. 19(2), April 25th, 2018.

2. C.N.E. Corbin, “The Rise of Green Spaces in Inner Cities.” African American Intellectual History Society, Black Perspectives, November 29, 2017. http://www.aaihs.org/the-rise-of-green-spaces-in-inner-cities/

3. C.N.E .Corbin, Guillermo R. Douglass-Jaimes, Jesse Williamson, Ashton Wesner, Margot Higgins, and Jenny L. Palomino, with contributors Melina Packer and Frances Roberts-Gregory. “(Re)Thinking the Tenure Process by Embracing Diversity in Scholars and Scholarship.” University of California Student Association Graduate Policy Journal, Vol. 1, October 29, 2015.

4. Andrade, K., Corbin, C., Diver, S., Eitzel, M.V., Williamson, J., Brashares, J. and Fortmann, L. “Finding Your Way in the Interdisciplinary Forest: Notes on Educating Future Conservation Practitioners.” Biodiversity and Conservation. October, 2014.

Honors and Awards

Recognitions as a Valuable Resources in Graduate Diversity, Community Engagement, and Political Action, ESPM Graduate Diversity Council and ESPM (2018)

Outstanding Mentor Award, Getting into Graduate School UC Berkeley Mentoring Program (2016)

Article of Distinction, UCSA Graduate Policy Journal (2015)

ESPM Distinguished Service Award (2015)

Center for Race and Gender Graduate Student Grant (2013)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2013)

American Planning Association, Planning and the Black Community Division, Robert A. Catlin/David W. Long Memorial Scholarship, Award Recognition (2013)

Chancellor’s Fellowship for Graduate Study, UC Berkeley (2012)

Jessica Joan Goddard

Jessica Joan Goddard

PhD Candidate, Energy and Resources Group

PhD Candidate, Energy & Resources Group; University of California, Berkeley

MS, Civil & Environmental Engineering (Water Quality Track)

MS, Energy & Resources Group

BA, English Literature; minor in Energy & Resources

Research Interests
water, environmental justice, human right to water, social epidemiology, ecological economics & governance
Research Description
I am motivated by fundamental questions about the way we value environments and urgent questions regarding the equitable distribution of clean water. My dissertation focuses on domestic water affordability as part of California’s human right to water. A critical question driving this work is: how it is water affordability conceptualized, measured, and associated with other critical aspects of water access (like water quality)? To address these questions, I use theories and methods from water governance, environmental justice, and social epidemiology and collaborate with scientists at the California EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. A second strand of my research investigates conceptualizations of environmental values in biodiversity and ecosystem service research and policy, drawing on theories and methods from science & technology studies (valuation studies) and ecological economics.
Selected Publications

1. Norgaard, Richard B., Goddard, Jessica J., Sager, Jalel. 2016. “Economics, Economism, and Ecological Crisis.” Routledge Handbook on Religion and Ecology. Yale University Press. 

2. Goddard, Jessica J., Kurtic, Ekin, Sognnæs, Ida. “Values in Biodiversity Offsetting: Contradiction in Discourse and Calculation.” 2015. Ed. Arild Vatn. Thor Heyerdahl Summer School on Environmental Governance Papers from the Summer School 2014: ‘The Green Economy’. Volume 3.

3. Goddard, Jessica J. Urban Water’s Hydra: Stormwater’s Problematization in L.A. 2014. Master’s Thesis for completion of Master’s of Science in Energy & Resources.

4. Reygadas, Fermín; Goddard, Jessica J.; Ponce de León Barido, Diego; Pujol, John H.H. 2014. Indices GEI para el Uso del Agua en la Vivienda en México. [Greenhouse Gas Emissions Metrics for Residential Water Use in Mexico]. Nota Técnica No829. Division for Climate Change & Sustainability. Inter-American Development Bank.

Honors and Awards

Fernström Fellowship (Sweden)

Center for German & European Studies Predissertation Fellowship

Thor Heyerdahl Summer School Full Scholarship (Norway)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (2012-2015)

Recent Teaching

E157AC: Engineering, The Environment & Society (2015, 2017)

ER180: Ecological Economics in Historical Context (2015)

ER201: Interdisciplinary Analysis (2014)

Jessica Trowbridge

Jessica Trowbridge

PhD Student, Environmental Health Sciences



PhD Candidate, Environmental Health Sciences; University of California, Berkeley

MPH, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health; University of California, Berkeley

BS, Molecular Environmental Biology; University of California, Berkeley

Transfer student; Merritt Community College

Research Interests
occupational health, environmental exposures, justice, biomonitoring, endocrine disruption, reproductive health, environmental epidemiology
Research Description
I am currently working on the Women Firefighters Biomonitoring Collaborative (WFBC), a community based participatory research project and partnership with firefighter organizations, community advocates and researchers. I am interested in exploring the impact of exposures to environmental chemicals on women’s health.
Selected Publications

1. Rémi Béranger, Ronan Garlantézec, Gaïd Le Maner-Idrissi, Agnès Lacroix, Florence Rouget, Jessica Trowbridge, Charline Warembourg, Christine Monfort, Florent Le Gléau, Marylène Jourdin, Luc Multigner, Sylvaine Cordier, and Cécile Chevrier, “Prenatal Exposure to Glycol Ethers and Neurocognitive Abilities in 6 year old children: the PELAGIE Cohort Study, Environmental Health Perspectives, October 14th 2016.

2. Naomi E. Stotland, Patrice Sutton, Jessica Trowbridge, Dylan S. Atchley, Jeanne Conry, Leonardo Trasande, Barbara Gerbert, Annemarie Charlesworth, Tracey J. Woodruff. “Counseling Patients on Preventing Prenatal Environmental Exposures- A Mixed-Methods Study of Obstetricians.” June 25, 2014.

Honors and Awards

Biology Scholars Program Scholar; University of California, Berkeley (2001-2003)

East Bay Association for Women in Science Scholarship (2001)

Sociedad Mexicana Mutualista Morelos Scholarship (2009-2011)

Hispanic Community Affairs Council Scholarship (2010)

UC Berkeley School of Public Health Fellowship (2008-2011)

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarship (2015-2016)

Targeted Research Training Grant; National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (2015-2017)

American Industrial Hygiene Foundation Scholarship (2017)

UC Berkeley SPH Alumni Association, Dr. Julia Quint Work and Environment Fellowship (2016-2017)


Katherine Wolf

Katherine Wolf

MPH candidate and MESc Candidate, Yale University

PhD Student, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; University of California, Berkeley

Pursuing MESc, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Yale University

Pursuing MPH, Environmental Health Sciences, Yale School of Public Health; Yale University

BA, Music; Vassar College

Research Interests
environmental justice, environmental epidemiology, health equity, air pollution, geographic information systems, community-based participatory research
Research Description

My research investigates disparities in exposures to environmental hazards, particularly air pollution, and associated human health outcomes.  Some of my prior work looks at associations between airborne fine particulate matter (PM2.5) components and African American racial residential segregation in the United States as well as the sociodemographic context of oil and gas disposal well locations in the United States.  I am particularly interested in collaborative research models in which scientists take direction from and explicitly share power with members of communities seeking relief from exposure to environmental hazards.
Selected Publications

1. Baccarelli AA, Zheng Y, Zhang X, Chang D, Liu L, Wolf KR, Zhang Z, McCracken JP, Díaz A, Bertazzi PA, Schwartz J, Wang S, Kang CM, Koutrakis P, Hou L.  Air pollution exposure and lung function in highly exposed subjects in Beijing, China: a repeated-measure study.  Particle and Fibre Toxicology.  2014 October;11:51.  doi: 10.1186/s12989-014-0051-7.  PMID: 25272992.  PMCID: PMC4192276.

2. Hou L, Barupal J, Zhang W, Zheng Y, Liu L, Zhang X, Dou C, McCracken JP, Díaz A, Motta V, Wolf KR, Bertazzi PA, Schwartz JD, Wang S, Baccarelli AA.  Particulate air pollution exposure and expression of viral and human microRNAs in blood.  Environmental Health Perspectives.  2016 March;124:344-350.  doi: 10.1289/ehp.1408519.  PMID: 26068961.  PMCID: PMC4786978.

Honors and Awards

Air and Waste Management Association Award

Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study

Yale Jan A. J. Stolwijk Fellowship in Environmental Epidemiology

Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative Summer Fellowship

Yale Hixon Center for Urban Ecology Fellowship

Yale Jubitz Family Endowment for Research Internships

Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies Master’s Research Award

Vassar Ford Scholar Award

Recent Teaching

Teaching Fellow, Principles of Epidemiology I (CDE 508a); Yale School of Public Health (Fall 2016)

Nancy Gutierrez Contreras

Nancy Gutierrez Contreras

Undergraduate Student, Public Health

Pursuing BA, Public Health; University of California, Berkeley

Associate’s Degree, Liberal Arts: Math and Science; Contra Costa Community College

Research Interests
environmental exposures, justice, reproductive health, immigrant communities
Research Description
I am currently working with members of the Sustainability and Health Equity (S/HE) Lab to help develop the team’s website. I previously worked on the Chemicals in Our Body study with the Program of Reproductive Health and the Environment at the University of California, San Francisco. I formed a strong personal connection to the information shared with me, because of the great risk for exposure to certain chemicals and stressors and their impact on the health of my community in Richmond, California. My passion for studying environmental health and human reproduction was reinforced after joining the Chemicals In Our Bodies team.
Honors and Awards

Biology Scholars Program Scholar; University of California, Berkeley (2015-2019)

J. Spencer Scholarship Fund (2015-2019)

Recent Teaching

Medical Spanish DeCal; University of California, Berkeley (Fall 2017 – Spring 2019)