Amanda is a PhD candidate in the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, working with Professor Noelle E. Selin. She is also affiliated with the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. She completed a Master’s in Technology and Policy at MIT, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science at the University of Toronto.
Amanda’s research focuses on assessing the local impacts of global environmental change related to toxic pollutants, and how these assessments can support sustainability decision-making. These assessments can be challenging as the sources and impacts of these pollutants can be separated across time and space. In collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of researchers and community partners in the Great Lakes region, she is exploring modeling methods for assessing potential environmental and human health impacts associated with global, domestic, and regional policies for mercury pollution management.
In particular, Amanda is interested in understanding how to account for uncertainties related to anthropogenic emissions and environmental processing, and how this information can support policy evaluation. More broadly, her research goals are to better understand interactions between science and policy-making at multiple governance scales.