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Kimberley Rain Miner

PhD student/IGERT fellow

Kimberley Rain Miner

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I am a PhD student in Earth and Climate Sciences studying under Dr. Karl Kreutz. I am also a National Science Foundation and Switzer Foundation Fellow, Department of Defense Scholar and Research Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security. I have a M.P.A in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia's Earth Institute, where I spent two years working with leading scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and emergency managers at the NYC Office of Emergency Management. Focusing on communication between cultures and disciplines, I work to be a knowledge broker for scientists, policy makers, and the public.

Dissertation Abstract

Release of legacy Persistent Organic Pollutants in glacial outflows and mitigating their effect on downstream communities
Starting in 1950, organic pollutants in the form of pesticides and industrial byproducts were released into the atmosphere and distributed through precipitation onto alpine glaciers throughout the world.   Recent abrupt climate change is increasing the melt rate of these glaciers, introducing the toxins to the watershed.  While studies have demonstrated the existence of legacy pollutants within glaciated ecosystems, no one has used standard toxicological testing methods to assess the risk posed by pollutants when released in glacial outflows. Therefore, the goal of this study is to develop a framework to assess the conditions under which glacial release of persistent organic pollutants are a risk to the health of downstream communities.


MPA Columbia University 2012; BA UC Santa Cruz 2008

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