Brief descriptions of projects I’ve been involved with are below. Feel free to get in touch with me by email with any questions.

Mercury exposure in the Peruvian Amazon

In collaboration with the Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation (CINCIA) at Wake Forest University, I work on mercury contamination associated with human disturbance in the Amazon basin, including informal gold mining. We work on quantifying mercury exposure in the human population of Madre de Dios, Peru, and identifying risk factors and exposure pathways. Our work has been covered by a number of news outlets, including NPR, Al Jazeera America, and MongaBay.

Mercury trade in Latin America

I began working on mercury trade as a 2015–2016 Fox International Fellow at El Colegio de México in Mexico City. I am interested in the connections between artisanal mercury miners in central Mexico and artisanal gold miners in South America, and how international policy has affected global mercury trade patterns.

Quarantine policy in the United States

As a fellow with the Global Health Justice Project at Yale Law School and in partnership with the ACLU, I worked on a project studying the state-based quarantines in the United States in response to the 2013–2015 Ebola crisis in West Africa. Our full report is available for download here, and you can read coverage of the project in the New York Times and an op-ed I co-wrote in the Yale Daily News.

Landslide risk in Nepal

In response to the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, I worked with the Yale Himalaya Initiative in partnership with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) on a project to map landslide risks. Click here to read more about the project.

Oil and gas extraction and newborn health

I’m currently studying the connections between oil and gas extraction and newborn health as part of my doctoral work at Stanford.

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