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Category: Stories from the Field

Article - Aug 8, 2022
Biologist Supports Safe Parking Program

Christopher Kan is a biologist by training and a biotech professional working at the intersection of biology, people, and business. Kan recently gained local attention for his leadership in a two-year campaign to create a safe parking program in the church lot. Learn about how Kan navigated the local approval process to make four spots available for unhoused people to stay in their cars overnight and how his science communication skills helped bring the project to fruition.

Article - Jul 5, 2022
Climate Scientist Tackles Global Aerosols and Sunnyvale Sustainability

ESAL spoke with research scientist Kristine Pistone and how her studies the Earth’s radiative balance, air quality analysis experience in Chile, and interest in sustainability motivated her to serve for her city's local Sustainability Commission in Sunnyvale, CA.

Article - Jun 2, 2022
Idaho Policy Fellow is a Fan of Foxes, Wolves, and Bioinformatics

Sarah Hendricks is a biologist that works on zoonotic diseases as well as provides researchers with access to cutting edge genomics resources. Hendricks got her Ph.D. in bioinformatics and computational biology from the University of Idaho and has worked at the Idaho Governor’s Office of Species Conservation as well as the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. ESAL spoke with Hendricks about how her interests in animals, humans, health, policy, and data have informed her career.

Article - Apr 24, 2022
Marine Biologist Takes A Global-to-Local Approach to Plastic Pollution

Sarah-Jeanne Royer is a research scientist for Hawai’i Pacific University and an oceanographer for The Ocean Cleanup. She studies how different types of plastic microfibers degrade over time in the varying conditions they encounter in the marine environment. ESAL spoke with Royer about her hands-on work to curb plastic pollution.

Article - Apr 3, 2022
From Physics of Space to the Physics of Community Transportation

ESAL speaks with associate research scientist, science policy fellow, mentor, committee member ,and AAAS science and technology fellow Alice Grossman on her work in equitable, accessible transportation.

Article - Feb 22, 2022
Native American and Other Experts Monitor Penobscot Watershed in Maine

Water quality field/lab technician Jan Paul and water resources planner Angie Reed discuss the importance of sharing data they collect and analyze from the Penobscot River with tribal, state, and federal audiences. Learn more about how the pair utilize its skills to improve public health outreach for Penobscot citizens.

Article - Jan 24, 2022
Geologist Works to Create Shared Economic Prosperity

Geoscientist Mark Little discusses his role as the executive director of CREATE, an economic development center at UNC Chapel Hill, and how he helps foster shared economic prosperity. Learn more about how his work has contributed to creating economic opportunity for all through local, regional, and international approaches.

Article - Nov 30, 2021
Biologist Steps Up to Empower Environmental Justice Communities with Data

ESAL spoke with biologist, environmental and social justice advocate, and founder Monica Unseld about her experiences with environmental justice and how they have shaped her efforts in empowering communities to hold large corporations responsible for adequate public health.

Article - Sep 28, 2021
How an Oceanographer Pursues Research, Relevance, and Reach

ESAL interviewed George, a geological oceanographer and a freelance science journalist, about how he found synergy between writing and science in his dualistic career path. George has worked on ocean science and policy issues throughout the west coast, including for the State of California and the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

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