Teaming Up with Gardeners Neighboring a Superfund Site: Characterizing the Uptake of Arsenic by Homegrown Vegetables and Communicating the Potential Risks
Monica Ramirez-Andreotta, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, Northeastern University
Monica Ramirez-Andreotta has a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona (UA) that focused on integrating the fundamentals of environmental science, human exposure assessment, and developing methods for environmental health justice. She also has a Masters of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University, and her undergraduate degrees are in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Photography. Her dissertation was entitled: “Designing a Comprehensive, Integrated Approach for Environmental Research Translation: The Gardenroots Project to Empower Communities Neighboring Contamination”, where she conducted a controlled greenhouse study in parallel with a co-created citizen science program to characterize the uptake of arsenic by homegrown vegetables near a Superfund site in Arizona. To complete her doctoral degree, Monica received a: SRP Training Fellowship, UA Diversity Fellowship, NASA Space Grant Graduate Fellowship, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Scholarship, and was a UA Water Sustainability Program Graduate Fellow. Recently, she was named the 14th recipient of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award.
She is the former Research Translation Coordinator for the UA Superfund Research Program, and has extensive experience transferring information and technology from researchers into the hands of stakeholders at all levels. Some of her activities include building linkages and partnerships with government agencies, creating innovative bilingual communication tools, and conducting informal science learning experiences for people of all ages. Additionally, she worked at the Flandrau Science Center and Center for Creative Photography. Recently, she was an Arizona Assurance Mentor, ensuring that in-state, first generation college students stay in school and succeed, a guest speaker for the Woman In Science and Engineering’s Expanding Your Horizons Conferences, and sat on the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality’s Advisory Council.
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