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The ENVS Lunch & Learn Program began in the Spring of 2011 to create opportunities for environmentally-minded undergraduate students, faculty, and interested staff to communicate and interact on environmental issues. Tufts University alumni, graduate students, faculty, and undergraduates who are actively participating in interesting research and internship topics give weekly presentations. Non-Tufts speakers have become an integral part of the program as lecturers and by serving as a resource for ideas on future lecture topics. While we originally anticipated a predominantly undergraduate attendance, the program has attracted graduate student, faculty, staff and Medford community visitors as well. We look forward to our exciting Fall and Spring 2013-14 season.

Lunch & Learn lectures take place every Thursday from 12:00-1:00pm at the Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room on the Medford Campus during the academic year. The Tufts Institute of the Environment generously sponsors lunch. If you are interested in participating in the Lunch & Learn program as a guest lecturer/participant, contact environmentalstudies (@tufts.edu).


Spring 2014 Schedule

January 16, 2014
White Nose Syndrome in Bats: Can We Stop a Killer Fungus?
Alison Robbins, MS, DVM, Research Assistant Professor, Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Robbins will provide a background on bats and white nose syndrome in North America, and describe some recent research advances on the spread and potential control of this devastating disease.

Dr. Alison Robbins is a Research Assistant Professor and core faculty and Program Coordinator for the Masters of Science degree in Conservation Medicine at TCSVM. Dr. Robbins' research concentrates on infectious wildlife diseases of conservation and public health importance. She received a BS in Biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire, an MS in biology with a concentration in conservation biology and a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University. She was director from 1992 to 2008 for a wildlife rabies control program using oral vaccination of free-ranging raccoons in Massachusetts. In 2006 she was a visiting scholar in Australia for a year studying amphibian chytrid disease epidemiology. Since 2009, Dr. Robbins has focused her research on developing diagnostic and treatment methods for white nose syndrome in bats in North America.

RSVP: http://whitenosesyndrome.eventbrite.com
Email: alison.robbins@tufts.edu
URL: http://vet.tufts.edu/facpages/robbins_a.html


January 23, 2014
Leading By Example: Go Green Medford!
Alicia Hunt, Director of Energy & Environment, Medford, MA

The City of Medford has traditionally been known as a blue collar town with strong historic roots. Over the past 15 years, Medford has become a nation-wide leader in energy efficiency and sustainability. With a growing number of awards for their leadership in sustainability, Medford has become a go-to town to host energy related pilot programs and has developed many public and private partnerships. Hear about how Medford went from being "just another mid-sized city" to a leader in municipal energy and environment programs, recognized along with "green giants" such as San Francisco and Cambridge.

Alicia Hunt is the Director of Energy & Environment for the City of Medford. She has been an invited speaker at two recent US Department of Energy Conferences and consulted by US DOE because of Medford's best practices around data management. Alicia has been with the City for four years and has developed their annual Harvest Your Energy Festival into an event not to be missed and brought in numerous grants, awards and pilot programs to the City. Alicia has a Masters in City Planning and a Bachelors of Science from MIT.

RSVP: https://gogreenmedford.eventbrite.com



January 30, 2014
Innovating Positive Health and Economic Outcomes through Sustainable Transportation and Development
Catherine Cagle, Planning Director, City of Waltham and Former MassDOT Sustainable Transportation Innovator

Ms. Cagle will talk about sustainable transportation and development to create healthier and economically vibrant communities. Transportation and land use are interconnected policies that impact us daily and are the framework of our communities.

Catherine Cagle, AICP, LEED AP, RLA, MBA is the new Planning Director for the City of Waltham. Prior to joining the City of Waltham team, her last four years were spend establishing sustainable transportation policy within the newly created Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). She was responsible for embedding sustainability and livability into the agency's core business and DNA. Accomplishments include: GreenDOT Policy and Implementation Plan, Healthy Transportation Compact, Clean Energy and Climate Change, Chairing the new State Bicycle and Pedestrian Board and State Mode Shift Goal.

She has over 19 years of experience in private and public sector focused on innovative sustainability policy and capital project implementation. She holds an MBA from Simmons College, a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota. Her professional accreditations include: Massachusetts license Landscape Architecture (RLA), American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and Leadership in Energy and Environment accredited professional (LEED AP).

RSVP: http://catherinecagle.eventbrite.com


February 6, 2013
Economics, Well-Being, and the Environment
Julie A. Nelson, Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts Boston and Senior Research Fellow, Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University.

Climate change mitigation activities and other sorts of environmental initiatives are often opposed on the grounds that they are "too costly" in terms of lost consumption or Gross Domestic Product, even when they are well-designed and urgently needed. This talk will shed light on some of the (gendered) reasons for the popularity of this view among many U.S. leaders in environmental economics, and propose more useful ways of thinking about economics, wellbeing, and the environment.

Julie A. Nelson is the author of Economics for Humans (2006), Feminism, Objectivity, and Economics (1996), and many other books and articles which examine the relationship of economics to feminism, ecology, and ethics. Her articles have appeared in journals ranging from Econometrica and the Journal of Political Economy to Ecological Economics and Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Professor Nelson received her PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986 and later worked at several institutions including the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the University of California Davis, and Harvard University. She is an Associate Editor of the journal Feminist Economics, and a member of the E3 Network (Economics for Equity and the Environment). Her recent publications include "Ethics and the Economist: What Climate Change Demands of Us." Ecological Economics (January 2013) and "Really Radical Economics," Transformation (November 2013).

RSVP: https://economicsenvironment.eventbrite.com


February 13, 2014
Cognitive Architecture: Designing for How We Respond to the Built Environment
Justin Hollander, Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University

The design and layout of streets and lots, houses and commercial buildings, and entire neighborhoods have historically been guided by a combination of traditional practices, aesthetics, and environmental factors. Today, a powerful new design system is emerging, a system grounded in the very latest cognitive science research on how people perceive space. This lecture will introduce relevant ideas from environmental psychology, research-based design, spatial perception, and spatial cognition.

Justin Hollander, PhD, AICP is an Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is the author of Sunburnt Cities: The Great Recession, Depopulation and Urban Planning in the American Sunbelt (Routledge, 2011) and two other books examining the challenges of planning for post-industrial, shrinking cities. As a practitioner, Dr. Hollander has led several award-winning urban design projects through the Open Neighborhood Project.

RSVP: http://justinhollander.eventbrite.com



February 27, 2014
Environmental Indicators of Enteric Infections and water safety in Southern India
Elena Naumova, Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director, the Tufts Initiative for the Forecasting and Modeling of Infectious Diseases at Tufts University

Enteric infectious diseases continue to cause morbidity and mortality in India, especially in infants and children with an estimated 2-5 million deaths annually in preschool children. Water contamination in both urban and rural parts of this region is a serious problem in all seasons, and results in diarrheal disease in both epidemic and endemic forms. India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the United States Department of Health and Human Services signed a bi-lateral joint Statement to support Indo-U.S. Collaboration on Environmental and Occupational Health. Under this agreement we had completed a multiyear project, approved by the Joint Working Group (JWG) is conducted by the team of researchers from Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, India and Tufts University Schools of Medicine and Engineering, Boston/Medford, USA. Our goal was to compare the risk of enteric infection from the domestic and external environment in urban and rural areas by assessing environmental factors, including nature of land use, population density, water source and sanitation practices, incorporating data on air and soil temperature, rainfall and season to build mathematical models of the transmission dynamics of enteric infections. This proposal assumes there are multiple channels of exposure from multiple sources for enteric infections and that geographic, environmental and possibly cultural factors interact to maintain unsafe water and continued transmission of endemic enteric infections.Dr. Naumova will talk about how Tufts students participated in this study and how their work contributed to the success of our collaboration.

Dr. Elena Naumova is Associate Dean for Research, School of Engineering, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and an Adjunct Professor to the Department of Public Health and Community, The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India,

Her area of expertise is in methodology development for modeling of transient processes with application in environmental epidemiology, infectious diseases, and public health. Her research on developing innovative analytical and computational tools for monitoring environmentally driven infections and longitudinal studies of growth is funded by NIAID, NIEHS, and EPA. She is a Director of the Tufts Initiative for Forecasting and Modeling of Infectious Diseases (InForMID). She facilitates utilization of novel data sources, including remote sensing data and satellite imagery for better understanding the nature and etiology of diseases on local and global scales. She applied her theoretical work to studies of infections sensitive to climate variations and extreme weather events. Her research activities span a broad range of research programs in emerging and re-emerging diseases, environmental epidemiology, molecular biology and immunogenetics, nutrition and growth. Dr. Naumova is participating in a number of international projects collaborating with epidemiologists, immunologists, and public health professionals in India, Kenya, Ecuador, Japan, Canada, UK, and Russia.


March 6, 2014
Soil Health: 'Identifying and Managing Soil Constraints and Site Challenges in the Urban Landscape'
Chuck Sherzi, Jr., Arborist and Agronomist at Tree Specialists, Inc.

Soils are a vast and complex entity and always something of a mystery. We truly know very little about the dark realm of the underworld beneath our feet and even less about soil when it comes to managing it with regard to the health of our landscapes.

In the urban environment, soils have become the product of society rather than that of nature and are the cause and consequence of our past landscape cultural practices.

To get a better handle on managing soil holistically we need fresh insight and a new diagnostic approach beyond the traditional extension soil test. In this 'Lunch & Learn' presentation, Chuck will introduce the concept of soil health/quality and the implementation of soil health/quality indicators to comprehensively assess the biological, chemical and physical attributes of the soil as they pertain to the constraints of a site.

Future use of these soil health/quality indicators will provide the landscape architect, garden designer; arborist and landscape professional with the necessary data required to select the appropriate products, tools, equipment and techniques needed to amend the soil site constraints and will also prove useful toward the establishing an annual maintenance plan for the newly installed landscape.

Chuck will also discuss one of his recent case studies done for the 'Friends of the Public Garden' using the Cornell Soil Health Assessment in addition to introducing some of the other new soil diagnostic approaches that our now emerging and being trialed in the green industry including: The Sustainable Sites Initiative and the Urban Site Index.

Chuck Sherzi, Jr. has over 30 years of experience managing plant health. He is a senior staff Arborist and Agronomist at Tree Specialists, Inc. and is responsible for developing and implementing site solutions for client properties that will provide a sustainable approach to the landscape's vitality and appearance. Utilizing a selection of sampling tools and a range of diagnostic indicators, Mr. Sherzi assesses the soil, monitors insect and disease activity and evaluates the many cultural practices—planting, mulching, pruning, and irrigation—that impacts landscapes. Prior to joining Tree Specialists in 2008, Mr. Sherzi held positions at Boston Tree Preservation as the Director of Plant Health Care and Pumpkin Brook Organic Gardening as a Project Manager. Both positions provided him with the opportunity to clearly see the many benefits of using sustainable methods and organic products in the planted landscape.

Mr. Sherzi holds a B.S in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an A.S. in Horticulture from Massachusetts Bay Community College, Wellesley. In addition, he is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist, Massachusetts Certified Arborist, Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist and a licensed Massachusetts Pesticide Applicator. Chuck is also accredited by the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). Lastly, Mr. Sherzi served as an instructor of professional practice at the Landscape Institute, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (2005-09), developing and teaching the soils curriculum, as well as a series of landscape cultural practices workshops. In his spare time, Mr. Sherzi enjoys mushroom forays with the Boston Mycological Club, volunteering with the Boston Area Gleaners harvesting fresh, surplus farm produce for local food pantries and shelters, knocking around old bookstores collecting literature, poetry, music, and art tomes with agrarian themes and editing his collection of soil experiences for his soon to be published 'Soil & Ink' blog.

RSVP: https://soilhealthurbanlandscape.eventbrite.com


March 13, 2014
Could the Cornerstone of Sustainability Be the Corner Store?
Peter Cooke, Program Development Manager, Sustainable Economies Program at Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

There are 37,000 grocery stores across the US. Americans go to the grocery store an average of twice per week to purchase food and household products. There is no business sector that gets the frequency of visits a grocery store does that also has the opportunity to communicate and advance sustainability then the grocery sector. This talk will discuss ways in which grocery retailers can both influence sustainability with its customers and employees and be influenced to engage in more sustainable practices by its customers and employees.

Peter Cooke is the Program Development Manager, Sustainable Economies Program at Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. He joined Manomet in May 2012 after launching several successful nationally recognized green certification programs while working in the Commissioner's Office at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. He has extensive experience in sustainability planning, development and managing. Since 2003, he has worked with over 300 businesses, helping them save more than $10 million. At Manomet, Peter launched the Grocery Stewardship Certification, the world's first comprehensive grocery sustainability certification. Peter teaches Energy and Materials Sustainability at the University of Southern Maine and at Antioch University, where he received a Master's degree in Resource Management. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona. Peter is based in Manomet's office in Brunswick, Maine.

RSVP: https://sustainablecornerstore.eventbrite.com


March 27, 2014
Cities and Climate Change: Building Resilience by Stealth or by Spotlight
Elisabeth Hamin, Professor of Regional Planning and Head of the Department for Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Despite significant research saying that cities need to prepare for climate change and more severe and variable weather, relatively few US cities have made progress toward this explicit goal. This research will discuss the barriers communities experience in planning for climate adaptation, and the ways some communities are able to overcome those barriers -- whether through very public planning (spotlight), quieter actions that increase adaptation but are publicly presented as achieving different goals (stealth), or something in between.

Elisabeth Hamin is a Professor of Regional Planning and Head of Department for Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at UMass Amherst. She has published extensively on climate change planning, growth management, and collaborative regional land conservation.

RSVP: https://citiesandclimate.eventbrite.com


April 3, 2014
Bioregional Urbanism: A Collaborative Framework for Scalable Sustainability
Sarah Howard, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Earthos Institute

"Further research is needed to better understand the linkages across food, water, and energy systems; our response to the resource conundrum must be long-term and integrated across sectors to address systemic risks and root causes." - From the Global Resource Security Experts' Workshop, 2009

This talk will explore Bioregional Urbanism, a practice methodology that helps cities and regions become more resilient and self-sufficient and measurably contribute to global sustainability. A team of designers, scientists, policy practitioners, and community partners at Earthos Institute are developing this cross-sector decision-making framework to help people work together to address the resource conundrum while contributing to vibrant places and improved well-being for all. This session introduces the underlying research, theoretical constructs, and practice methods of Bioregional Urbanism, along with preliminary applications in the Boston area and regions around the world.

Sarah Howard is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Earthos Institute, and a faculty member at the Boston Architectural College. Howard's cross-sector work has focused on bringing people together to create inclusive, thriving communities with resilient environments. She began her professional career teaching environmental science and outdoor education in urban settings; then founded community-learning centers; worked for nonprofit organizations in community partnership building; worked to expand affordable housing in Massachusetts; and then studied and practiced just sustainable architecture/ urban design. Howard has also served on numerous community organization boards including Urban Edge (Roxbury, MA), Blackstone Academy Charter School (Pawtucket RI), Ashmont Hill Chamber Music (Dorchester, MA), Westport Housing Partnership and Westport Housing Authority (elected Commissioner). She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Policy degrees from Tufts University.

RSVP: https://bioregionalism.eventbrite.com


April 10, 2014
Using Theater to Explore Issues Related to Climate Change
Debra Wise, Artistic Director at Underground Railway Theater

In this interactive workshop, participants will brainstorm what they know - and feel - about pressing problems related to climate change, generate provocative questions, and explore their questions through a simple collaborative playwriting exercise. Participants will also get some background information on the world-premiere of SILA, by Chantal Bilodeau, about the intersection of culture, class and climate change in the Canadian Arctic. SILA will have a work-in-progress reading at Tufts on Monday, February 10, and its world premiere at Central Square Theater in Cambridge April 24 - May 25 (www.centralsquaretheater.org). The workshop will be led by Downing Cless, Associate Professor of Drama (with longtime involvement in eco-theater) and Debra Wise, Artistic Director of Underground Railway Theater and Co-Director of Catalyst Collaborative@MIT, an ongoing science theater project.

Debra Wise is Artistic Director of Underground Railway Theater (URT), which was founded in Oberlin, Ohio and toured nationally and internationally for 30 years before becoming a theater-in-residence at Central Square Theater. Wise has helped create over 30 new works as performer, playwright, director and/or dramaturge. She is also Co-Director of the Catalyst Collaborative@MIT, an ongoing partnership with MIT which brings scientists and artists together to create and present works of science theater. With CC@MIT, Wise has overseen and appeared in productions of The Life of Galileo, Breaking the Code (about Alan Turing), Distracted (about the prevalence of ADHD and our media-saturated culture), From Orchids to Octopi – an evolutionary love story, Remembering H.M. (about the science of memory), and Einstein's Dreams. She has presented about CC@MIT at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the 2012 conference of the American Association of Physical Sciences, and several national conferences about science and performing arts. On Oct. 2012, Ms. Wise was a featured presenter at a special meeting of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Board, convened to discuss how to encourage authentic creative activity at the intersection of art and science. Other science theater work has included the writing and directing of Aging Puzzle for the Boston Museum of Science (2001-2), and helping in the development of InTOXICating – an EcoCabaret (directed by Downing Cless and Wes Sanders), which toured nationally (1994-99) and received an EPA citation for excellence. Wise is on the faculty of Project Zero Summer Institute, Harvard Graduate School of Education; led in 2007-8 a Theater and Active Citizenship residency at Tufts University; has taught acting at MIT; and co-taught an MIT course, Making Theater about Science. She has performed with other companies in Boston and NYC (including the Public Theatre, in Julie Taymor's Haggadah), has received a Boston Globe citation for Best Solo Performance, and has three times been nominated in the Best Actress category by Independent Reviewers of New England.

Downing Cless is Associate Professor of Directing, Dramatic Literature and Theory, Environment and Theatre, at Tufts University. He wrote Ecology and Environment in European Drama (Routledge, 2010), which was selected to be the topic of a plenary session "Author Meets Critic" at the 2013 Comparative Drama Conference.

In May 2012 his essay "Ecodirecting Canonical Plays" was published in the collection Readings in Performance and Ecology edited by Wendy Arons and Theresa J. May (Palgrave Macmillan), and also he was a panelist in the closing session of the Earth Matters on Stage symposium and festival at Carnegie Mellon University. His articles on theatre about the environment are in TDR: The Drama Review, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and The Journal of American Drama and Theatre. He has presented papers and been on panels at conferences such as the American Society for Theatre Research, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.

Director of over sixty plays in university and professional theatres during his career, in the past few years he brought to the Tufts stage productions of Oedipus & Antigone by Sophocles (in translations by former colleague Peter D. Arnott), The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux (newly translated by colleague Laurence Senelick), a contemporary interpretation of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, and a '80s sci-fi sit-com titled Rain. Some Fish. No Elephants. by Y York. In the 1980s, Cless was Associate Artistic Director of Boston's TheaterWorks, for which he directed critically-acclaimed productions of Mensch Meier by Franz Xaver Kroetz and The Island by Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona. With the Underground Railway Theater he has co-directed three original plays, Sanctuary: The Spirit of Harriet Tubman; The Christopher Columbus Follies: An Eco-Cabaret; and InTOXICating: An Eco-Cabaret (which was the recipient of a grant and award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).

In addition to serving as Department Chair 1995-2001 and 2010-2013, he has been on numerous departmental and university committees, including having chaired the Academic Review Board and the Academic Awards Committee. For the last ten years he has been a board member and treasurer for the Underground Railway Theater, now in its new home of five years, The Central Square Theater.

RSVP: https://climatetheatre.eventbrite.com


April 17, 2014
Urban Remediation and Revitalization: A Talk about the Potential Wynn Casino in Everett, Massachusetts
Chris Gordon and Bob DeSalvio

Robert J. DeSalvio to assist with Wynn Resort's development activities. An experienced resort developer and operator, Mr. DeSalvio primarily focuses on the company's proposed resort in Everett, Massachusetts. The company plans to build a $1.6 billion resort, featuring a five-star hotel and spa, luxury shopping and dining esplanade, winter garden and casino. Mr. DeSalvio has held executive positions in sales, marketing, resort operations and strategic planning. He served as an Executive Vice President for both Sands Atlantic City and Foxwoods Resort Casino. Most recently, Mr. DeSalvio was President of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He led the development, construction, government relations and staffing of the resort before opening. Since opening in 2009, Mr. DeSalvio has led the resort to significant revenue growth.

Chris Gordon is a project manager at Wynn Resorts and in charge of Wynn's cleanup of a former chemical plant site in Everett. He teaches at Harvard and MIT and is a veteran engineer who is also experienced in the cleanup of many other brownfields.

RSVP: https://healthconsequenceshydrofracturing.eventbrite.com


April 24, 2014
Advancing Sustainability and Social Good Through Consulting
Ian Kline, President and CEO, Cadmus Group Inc.

Environmental protection, energy efficiency, climate change vulnerability assessment, climate change adaptation and resiliency planning, sustainable transportation, sustainable travel, community sustainability planning, public health protection, high performance and green building, and renewable energy deployment are some of the many social good issues addressed by The Cadmus Group in support of its clients. Ian Kline will talk about some of the firm's work in these areas, the origin and implementation of his strategic vision to grow a firm focused on advancing social good through consulting, and what it takes to build a career in consulting while also realizing a passion for and commitment to creating social value, improving the quality of people's lives, and protecting the natural environment.

Ian Kline serves as president and CEO of The Cadmus Group, Inc. He is the architect of the firm's strategic vision to create shareholder value for the firm's more than 400 employee-owners by focusing on market and client sectors that allow the firm to create social value, improve the quality of people's lives, and protect the natural environment. This strategic plan more than doubled the size of the firm over the first three years of its execution and has continued to generate significant growth and diversification since. As a result of the project work that comprised that growth, Cadmus has also created significant social value for its clients, their constituencies, and society at large.

In his project work, Mr. Kline provides technical and strategic advice to government and commercial clients on a variety of complex sustainability, environmental, and public health issues. Mr. Kline joined Cadmus in 1995, was named a principal in 1999, and became a vice president in 2000. As a vice president, he led two of Cadmus' business units. He became president in 2005 and chief executive officer in 2007.

Mr. Kline holds an M.P.P. in environmental policy and management from the University of Southern California and an A.B. from Cornell University. He also is a graduate of the Harvard Business School's comprehensive executive leadership program.

Mr. Kline serves on the advisory board of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management. He also sits on the executive board of The Nature Generation, a nonprofit organization that works to inspire responsible environmental stewardship.

RSVP: https://socialsustainability.eventbrite.com


May 1, 2014
Shale Gas Development Impacts on Surface Water Quality in Pennsylvania
Sheila Olmstead, Associate Professor of Public Affairs, University of Texas-Austin

Ms. Olmstead will be speaking live from the University of Texas-Austin.

Sheila Olmstead joined the LBJ School as an Associate Professor of Public Affairs in 2013. Before joining the LBJ School, Olmstead was a Fellow (2010-2013) and Senior Fellow (2013) at Resources for the Future in Washington, DC, as well as Associate Professor (2007-2010) and Assistant Professor (2002-2007) of Environmental Economics at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she was the recipient of three teaching awards. Olmstead is an environmental economist whose current research projects examine the environmental externalities associated with shale gas development in the United States, regulatory avoidance under the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act, the influence of federal fire suppression policy on land development in the American West, and free-riding in dam placement and water withdrawals in transboundary river basins. She has worked extensively on the economics of water resource management, focusing on water demand estimation, water conservation policy, and access to drinking water services among low-income communities. Climate and energy policy are additional topics of her research, especially with regard to the application of market-based environmental policy instruments.

Olmstead's research has been published in leading journals such as the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Urban Economics, and Water Resources Research. With Nathaniel Keohane, she is the author of the 2007 book Markets and the Environment. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of the Interior, World Bank, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Olmstead is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and a member of the Advisory Board of the International Water Resource Economics Consortium. She holds a PhD from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government (2002), a Masters in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin (1996), and a BA from the University of Virginia (1992).

This event is co-sponsored by Upstate NY Society for Risk Analysis Webinar Series and Tufts Institute of the Environment as part of the "Scientific Studies on Impacts of Natural Gas Extraction from Marcellus Shale on Water Resources." The event will start promptly at noon, so please arrive early.

RSVP: https://gasdevelopmentimpact.eventbrite.com