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Lourdes Vera

Northeastern University, Public Lab
PhD Student and Researcher
Greater Boston Area
As a former teacher, Lourdes is interested in how D.I.Y. tools and data visualization can facilitate deeper understandings of scientific phenomena for individuals from all skill levels and backgrounds. She focuses on using civic science to address environmental health and justice concerns with communities affected by oil and gas development. Currently, she is a research assistant to Prof. Sara Wylie developing a photopaper tool to measure low, chronic amounts of the toxic gas hydrogen sulfide that is emitted from oil and gas sites, presenting health risks to adjacent communities. She has also worked on the Thermal Bob project, mapping thermal pollution near power generator stations.Lourdes is a member of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) and a PhD student in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University. She received her BA in Urban Studies from Barnard College and MA in Teaching Earth Science from Brooklyn College.