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Miriam Rotkin-Ellman

Miriam Rotkin-Ellman Staff Scientist, Health Program

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Curbing pollution, environmental justice, health and the environment.


Miriam Rotkin-Ellman is a scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) health and environment program. Prior to joining NRDC in 2006, Miriam was an Environmental Scientist with the New Mexico Environment Department. Miriam's work includes researching the links between global warming and health, reducing air pollution from industrial sources, and protecting communities from pesticides and other toxics. She has worked with community groups to investigate, air quality and soil contamination in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, mercury contamination downwind from cement plants, health threats stemming from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and gaps in environmental enforcement in California. Her other research areas include, analysis of morbidity associated with the 2006 California heat wave, children’s exposures to pesticides from the use of flea control products, and community vulnerability to climate change-related health threats.

Miriam is the author of 7 journal publications and 9 reports. She has presented her work for academic, professional, and lay audiences including, the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, lectures at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley, and community meetings. She is an active member of the California Climate Action Team-Public Health Workgroup and has participated in the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice’s Public Policy Taskforce and as an advisor to the California Environmental Public Health Tracking program. Miriam earned her masters in public health (MPH) in Environmental Health Sciences from U.C. Berkeley in 2006 and a BS in Environmental Sciences with Honors from Brown University in 2000.

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