Citizen Science and the Quality of Harvested Rainwater
A Talk with Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, Associate Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona
Over the past three years, the Project Harvest participants, promotoras, Dr. Ramirez-Andreotta, and the research team have co-generated a dataset of rainwater quality to inform guidelines and recommendations for safe harvested rainwater use. Come learn about the summary and findings of their research project!
Dr. Monica Ramirez-Andreotta is an assistant professor of Soil, Water and Environmental Science (SWES) with a joint appointment in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health’s Division of Community, Environment and Policy at the University of Arizona. Additionally, Dr. Ramirez-Andreotta is the PI of the University of Arizona Superfund Research Program’s Research Translation Core. She is trained across various fields and is a transdisciplinary researcher in the purest sense. She received a B.A. degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, a B.A. degree in Studio Art (Photography), and a Master’s of Public Administration from Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. from the UA in SWES (with a minor in Art) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with a renowned medical sociologist in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University. During her postdoctoral work, she gained a deeper understanding of how to collaborate across disciplines and the crucial role the social sciences play in environmental health research and interventions. Her philosophy is that in order to successfully engage communities and students of color, it is essential to address critical environmental health problems identified by the community, and to then work collaboratively through the problem-solving and scientific research process. To learn more about Project Harvest, visit https://projectharvest.arizona.edu/about