Extension Associate, Cornell Waste Management Institute
Soil and Crop Sciences Section, School of Integrative Plant Science
818 Bradfield Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850
Hannah has worked for the Cornell Waste Management Institute since 2008, after completing a M.S. degree in Natural Resources at Cornell University. Hannah’s graduate research focused on the issue of mercury and fish consumption, and how data collection, risk assessment, and risk communication efforts can best protect human health. Prior to coming to Cornell, Hannah received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Connecticut College in 2002, where she also worked for several years on projects related to science education, freshwater ecology, and algal taxonomy and biodiversity.
As an Extension Associate with CWMI, Hannah leads the Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities program and related efforts to address concerns about contaminants in the soils of gardens, schools, residential properties, and other community spaces. Urban community garden sites are of particular interest because they are typically located on abandoned properties that might have a history of contamination. At the same time, interest in creating green and food-producing spaces within cities means that we need to find ways to assess contamination and minimize the exposure to soil contaminants in residential and community areas.
- Mercury and Human Health: Science Based Decision Making about Fish Consumption (see also Bioscience article: “Mercury Contamination in Sport Fish in the Northeastern United States: Considerations for Future Data Collection“)
- Adirondack Fishery Research Program, Cornell University
- Freshwater Ecology Lab, Connecticut College
- Key to Freshwater Algae