Current Students

Megan Archer

Email:maurcher@uw.edu

Degree Program(s):MPH Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences / Master in Urban Planning (MUP);Graduate Certificate in Climate Science

Graduation Year: 2022

Projects: Post-disaster recovery planning in Florida; King County COVID-19 Community Study; University Street View Project; Impact of COVID-19 on King County transit worker health; Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Learning from Earthquakes Public Health Workgroup; National Institutes of Health (NIH) Disaster Research Response Program (DR2) Workshop.

Bio: Megan is a dual master's candidate pursuing an MUP through the University of Washington's College of Built Environments and an MPH through the UW School of Public Health's Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. She is also working to obtain the Graduate Certificate in Climate Science through the UW Program on Climate Change. Prior to starting her academic career at UW she dabbled in a variety of roles as an environmental educator, seasonal trail worker, research scientist, and planner. Megan conducts qualitative research with CEER to understand short- and long-term health considerations that are incorporated into disaster recovery planning and implementation processes. Through her work she hopes to bridge gaps that exist between public health and urban planning and is particularly interested in research focused on climate and community resilience, and mental health. In her free time she likes to bask in the sun, go on long bike rides, read, and perform live storytelling.

 

Carly Bednarski

Email: cabe2609@uw.edu

Degree Program(s): MS Environmental Health; Graduate Certificate in GIS

Graduation Year: 2022

Projects: Evaluating the impact of hazardous waste sites and floodplains in Washington State on social vulnerability and inequity in surrounding communities.

Bio: Carly Bednarski is a current graduate student interested in researching the overlap of hazardous waste sites and floodplains in Washington State through the use of GIS software to address social vulnerability and inequity in surrounding communities. She graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a BA in Environmental Studies, a Minor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies, and a Certificate in Public Health. She strongly believes that environmental issues cannot be understood unless you are looking at how the environment, climatology, and health aspects influence each other. All three are interconnected, thus one cannot be understood without the others. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, backcountry snowboarding, mountain biking, and exploring the beautiful state of Washington she now calls home.

Social Media Handle(s): LinkedIn

 

Mae Coker

Email: maec@uw.edu

Degree Program(s): MS Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene

Graduation Year: 2023

Projects: Earthquake and other disaster risk assessments in Washington wineries. 

Bio: Mae is a lifelong Washington resident and first year graduate student interested in worker resiliency to climate change. They obtained their BS in public health-global health at the University of Washington and worked for 2 years as an undergraduate research assistant under Christopher Simpson. They have experience in the lab on a variety of occupational health projects. Before starting their MS in occupational hygiene, they worked at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department as a lab coordinator. They enjoy caring for houseplants, drawing, and exploring art through video games and film.

Social Media Handle(s): LinkedIn

 

Annie Doubleday

Email: doubleda@uw.edu

Degree Program(s): PhD in Environmental and Occupational Hygiene

Graduation Year: TBD

Projects: Understanding how PurpleAir sensors may improve assessment of wildfire smoke exposure for epidemiology; Evaluating wildfire smoke impacts on Washington state Emergency Department visits.

Bio: Annie's research focuses on how air pollution - both traffic-related and wildfire smoke - impact acute and chronic health outcomes. She also focuses on improving exposure assessment by incorporating novel data sources. Annie has an MPH from UW in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and a BA in Political Science from Carleton College. In her free time, Annie enjoys backpacking, training for triathlons, and singing.

Social Media Handle(s): LinkedIn

 

Daaniya Iyaz

Email: daanii@uw.edu

Degree Program(s): MS Environmental Health; Graduate Certificate in Climate Change and Health

Graduation Year: 2022

Projects: King County COVID-19 Community Study; Evaluating the effect of wildfire smoke events on pediatric health in Seattle.

Bio: Daaniya is a first year graduate student, and she is broadly interested in the intersection between climate change, public health, and community resilience as well as social entrepreneurship. Her undergraduate degree in Bioresource Science and Engineering (also from UW!) guided her very first research interest in biofuels. As a Pacific Northwest resident for almost her entire life, Daaniya has witnessed the exacerbation of wildfire events due to climate change in her home state, and that interest guided her graduate research interests. For her thesis, she plans to utilize quantitative statistical methods to explore the effects of wildfire events on pediatric hospital admissions and adverse health outcomes. When Daaniya is not troubleshooting her R code, you can find her playing badminton, baking, working on her virtual apparel startup, or drinking chai with friends and family. Feel free to send her a message on LinkedIn or email to ask a question or say hi!

Social Media Handle(s): LinkedIn

 

Amber Khan

Email: akhan92@uw.edu

Degree Program(s): PhD Environmental and Occupational Hygiene

Graduation Year: 2023

Projects: Getting the Food Out: A Content Analysis of the Online Communication of Seattle Food Banks During COVID-19; Developing a Concept of Operations Template to Guide Collaborative Disaster Research Response between Schools of Public Health and Public Health Agencies; Where to mitigate? Prioritizing hospital seismic and non seismic mitigation among Dominican Republic hospitals.

Bio: Amber's dissertation research interests are focused on long-term post-disaster housing recovery and forced displacement, specifically among low-income renter populations. Past projects with CEER have also investigated the preparedness and mitigation phases of disaster research, such as investigating structural and non-structural seismic safety of hospitals based on location near environmental hazards in the Dominican Republic. She uses mixed methods in her research, is trained as an epidemiologist, and is especially interested in utilizing GIS to better understand equitable approaches to disaster recovery. She graduated with her MPH from UC Berkley in 2019, where she conducted research on refinery pollution in low-income Bay Area communities, national noise pollution health effects, and the health co-benefits of climate mitigation strategies. Amber is currently VP of the WA Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) student chapter, leader of GO-MAP's People of Color (POC) Outdoors group, and is involved in climate justice organizing with 350.org. In her free time, Amber can be found outdoors hiking, climbing, backpacking, scuba diving, or hanging out with her husky!

Social Media Handle(s): Twitter; LinkedIn

 

Matias Korfmacher

Email: mkorf@uw.edu

Degree Program(s): MPH Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, MUP

Graduation Year: 2024

Projects: Health impacts of disasters, Community co-creation of knowledge and research needs of coastal communities, Disaster response frameworks, Disaster Research Response (DR2).

Bio: Matias is a first-year graduate student pursuing concurrent Master's degrees in Public Health and Urban Planning. His research interests center on themes of community resilience and environmental justice related to disasters and coastal hazards; his interdisciplinary focus engages with the fields of public health, public policy, geography, geoscience, sociology, and planning. He is particularly passionate about incorporating community-engaged research into the response to and recovery from extreme events. Prior to beginning his studies at UW, Matias worked in a number of environmental consulting and public health roles that pursued environmental justice related to water resources. Matias graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy. When not attending lectures, Matias enjoys just about every outdoor activity under the sun (especially cross country skiing and kayaking), ultimate frisbee, board games, cooking, and everything related to music.

Social Media Handle(s): LinkedIn

 

Sam Lovell

Email: sclovell@uw.edu

Degree Program(s): MPH Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Graduation Year: 2023

Projects: Health department climate and health programming, HEPA filter use during wildfire events, Integration of evidence into public health emergency response activities, Disaster Research Response (DR2).

Bio: Sam's research interests include risk communications, climate change preparedness and adaptation, community resiliency, and public health and environmental policy. Prior to starting at UW, she worked in the nonprofit sector in Washington D.C. on research and federal advocacy related to lead in drinking water, air pollution, and federal chemicals policy. Sam graduated from Colby College with a B.A. in Environmental Policy and Creative Writing. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading poetry, and hiking.

Social Media Handle(s): LinkedIn

 

Joanne Medina

Email: jmedin@uw.edu

Degree Program(s): MPH Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Graduation Year: 2022

Projects: Wildfire smoke reduction interventions; Effectiveness and implementation of low-cost DIY portable air cleaners and low-cost indoor air sensor at the household level.

Bio: Joanne has eight years of working as an environmental health/public health professional in the military. Her research interests are about air quality issues, specifically the impacts of wildfire smoke on disproportionately impacted communities. Her hobbies include playing piano and watching true crime mystery shows.

 

Kathleen Moloney

Email: kmoloney@uw.edu

Degree Program(s): MPH Global Health

Graduation Year: 2022

Projects: Long Term Recovery Organizations & Community Health Equity; King County COVID-19 Community Study; Inclusive Risk Communication; Northwest Center for Occupational Health & Safety Annual Evaluation.

Bio: Kathleen is a master's candidate pursuing an MPH through the UW School of Public Health's Department of Global Health and a FLAS Fellow in Hindi through the UW South Asia Center. Kathleen conducts qualitative research with CEER to understand contextual determinants of long-term community recovery after a disaster. Prior to entering the UW MPH program, she worked in a variety of roles related to community health and disaster response, including as a Disaster Program Specialist with the Red Cross, a Research Coordinator with the Trauma Survivors Outcomes & Support Research Group, and as a Community Health Educator with Peace Corps Cambodia. In her free time, she enjoys making pizza and pasta, bouldering, playing soccer, and backpacking.

Anna’s research interests include water quality and conservation as well as commercial fishing occupational health and safety. For the past six years, she has worked as a commercial fisherwoman in Bristol Bay, Alaska. She enjoys backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and kayaking! When Anna is not outside, she loves to cook for friends and family and settle on the couch with a good book.

Social Media Handle(s): LinkedIn

 

Anna Mounsey

Email: amounsey@uw.edu

Degree Program(s): MS Environmental Health

Graduation Year: 2022

Projects: Personal flotation device (PFD) use and risk perception of salmon drift gillnet workers in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Bio: In 2019, Anna graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Microbiology: Environmental Health. As an undergrad, she worked on a project with the Gallatin Local Water Quality District. This project investigated contamination from septic systems in two urban creeks in the Bozeman area using a multi-tracer approach. Before coming to the University of Washington, she worked as a research tech for Northwest Fisheries Science Center aboard a research vessel in the Arctic for the summer of 2019. Her team sampled the water for harmful algae blooms and ground sediment for Alexandrium cysts.

Anna’s research interests include water quality and conservation as well as commercial fishing occupational health and safety. For the past six years, she has worked as a commercial fisherwoman in Bristol Bay, Alaska. She enjoys backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and kayaking! When Anna is not outside, she loves to cook for friends and family and settle on the couch with a good book.

Social Media Handle(s): LinkedIn

 

Isabel Nerenberg

Email: isaben@uw.edu

Degree Program(s): MS Environmental Health

Graduation Year: 2023

Projects: Learning About the Health, Well-Being, and Equity Impacts of Coastal Planned Relocation in the US and Japan; Disaster Research Response (DR2).

Bio: Isabel’s research interests include climate related disaster preparedness and recovery,community resilience, and public health education. Prior to attending UW, she received a B.S. in Public Health from San Diego State University, where her research focused on the environmental and toxicological implications of improperly disposed cigarette waste. In her free time, she loves running, cooking, and playing with her dog Reia.

Social Media Handle(s): LinkedIn

 

Juliette Randazza

Email: jrandazz@uw.edu

Degree Program(s): MPH Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences / Master in Public Administration

Graduation Year: 2022

Projects: DR2; Plan analysis of municipal heat action plans; COVID-19 Evidence to Practice; Forest Therapy for Community Recovery.

Bio: Juliette’s research interests center on policy solutions that help enhance community resilience, disaster preparedness, and response. Her thesis work focuses on local government policy interventions to mitigate the effects of extreme heat. This includes an analysis of municipal heat action plans. Results from this work will be used in combination with surveys and key informant interviews with public health and emergency management practitioners to evaluate extreme heat preparedness, response, and recovery measures.

As a research assistant for Dr. Errett, she has been fortunate to be involved in disaster research projects focusing on the local, state, national, and international levels. Currently, she is involved in preparation for the Disaster Research Response Training Workshop set for 2022 which focuses on processes for conducting research immediately following a Cascadia earthquake event. Juliette is also working on Forest Therapy for Community Recovery, which is investigating forest therapy as a tool for mental health recovery after a disaster. In her free time, she loves to read, rock climb, or hike!

Social Media Handle(s): LinkedIn

 

Anna Reed

Email: areed5@uw.edu

Degree Program(s): MPH Health Systems and Population Health, Community-Oriented Public Health Practice

Graduation Year: 2023

Projects: Developing an evaluation tool for use with DIY box fan/filter unit & HEPA portable air cleaner interventions related to wildfire smoke exposure in Washington state.

Bio: Anna is a first-year graduate student interested in the intersection of climate justice, health, and community resilience. Anna has a BA from Carleton College and spent the previous six years working in various corners of the food system, including on farms and in garden education. Her practicum project is focused on wildfire smoke exposure interventions, specifically developing an evaluation tool for use with portable air cleaner interventions in Washington state. In her free time, Anna can be found hiking with her dog Willow, playing frisbee, and baking.

Social Media Handle(s): LinkedIn

 

Claire Schollaert

Email: cscholla@uw.edu

Degree Program(s): PhD Environmental and Occupational Hygiene

Graduation Year: 2023

Projects: Supporting equitable land management decisions through the characterization of wildfire and prescribe smoke exposure for at-risk communities.

Bio: Claire's research interests lie at the intersection of public health, climate change, and ecosystem management. She is particularly interested in how wildfires and restoration-focused forest management activities impact population exposures to smoke. Claire has a BA in Biology and Anthropology from Bowdoin College and an MPH in Environmental Health from the Boston University School of Public Health. When Claire is not thinking about wildfires, you can usually find her outside, hiking, camping, or skiing.

Social Media Handle(s): Twitter; LinkedIn

 

Sarah Whittington

Email: sarahw38@uw.edu

Degree Program(s): MPH Health Services

Graduation Year: 2022

Projects: A review on existing literature surrounding health disparities and indoor air pollution in residential homes in Washington state.

Bio: Sarah is a second year master's student pursuing an MPH, particularly interested in the intersection of climate change and human health. Her research interests include health equity, environmental injustice, and health disparities. She is a graduate of the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health. After graduation, Sarah hopes to continue research in health services, more specifically in clinical settings and how environmental factors play a major role in health. Outside of academics, she likes to do yoga, hike, bake, and spend time with loved ones.

Social Media Handle(s): LinkedIn