Savannah D'Evelyn, PhD
Dr. D'Evelyn is an environmental health scientist and bio-social scientist with expertise in respiratory physiology, environmental toxicology, air pollution exposure, community based participatory research (CBPR), and interdisciplinary research. Dr. D’Evelyn’s research centers on understanding the impact of environmental change on communities through the interdisciplinary research themes of youth focused CBPR, air pollution exposure, and climate adaptation. At the UW, Dr. D’Evelyn’s work has centered on the health impacts of wildfire smoke, which is an increasingly problematic, though poorly understood, climate change impact affecting western North America. Her main postdoctoral work is a collaborative project that aims to work across the disciplines of forestry, climate, air quality and health to address the climate crisis of increasingly frequent and severe wildfires. This project evaluated the health implications of smoke from both wild and prescribed fires and described the health implications of specific policies and practices related to forest and fire management. Dr. D’Evelyn is currently working on two pilot grants aimed at understanding the impacts of smoke on underserved communities. The first grant, funded by EarthLab and the UW Population Health Institute, is working in collaboration with the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences to describe risk communication around smoke exposure from both wildfire and prescribed fire in rural and tribal communities. The second grant is a CBPR project funded by PNASH, working to understand how wildfire season and the pressure of balancing work, childcare and worries about children’s exposure to smoke impact farmworker parent’s wellbeing in Okanogan and Wenatchee.
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences