Ted Auch, PhD
Ted is a scientist with a passionate interest in topics such as environmental justice, ecosystem services, watershed resilience, and landscape alteration(s). Ted always wanted to use his ecosystem biogeochemistry background to work on advocacy issues, and the opportunity to work with the FracTracker team over the last three years has given him opportunity to do just that. Learn more
Karen Edelstein, MPS
Karen Edelstein melds a strong background in environmental sciences with a commitment to information communication and interpretation. She holds a BA degree in natural resources and an MPS degree in environmental management, both from Cornell University. Learn more
Kyle Ferrar, MPH
Kyle Ferrar is an environmental health scientist and an alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, where he received his masters in public health degree. He is also currently a doctoral candidate in Pitt’s Environmental and Occupational Health department. Learn more
Bill Hughes has been a resident Wetzel County, WV for over 36 years. A graduate from Wheeling Jesuit College, Bill is the chairman of the Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority where he has been a member for the last 13 years. Learn more
Kirk Jalbert, PhD, MFA
Kirk Jalbert is an environmental social scientists who received his Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Kirk joined FracTracker in 2013 as a visiting researcher, and in 2015 became our Manager of Community-Based Research & Engagement. Learn more
Matt Kelso, BA
Matt Kelso has always been fascinated with how maps can show the way people interact with their environment over space and time. He believes that if we ask the right questions, data can tell us a lot about situations that we are not able to observe directly. Learn more
Gwen Lehman brings skills and knowledge from a diverse background. She has been active in the conservation field since 2005 having worked as a grassroots organizer and project development and management. She is passionate when working to inspire others to “get involved” in supporting environmental protection and conservation of the natural landscape. Gwen has always been intrigued by... Learn more
Brook Lenker, MA
David “Brook” Lenker became the Director of FracTracker in December 2011. He focuses on improving the capabilities of the FracTracker website; creating partnerships that increase the data and information available on the site; encouraging use of FracTracker by various stakeholders and the public; and building a strong organizational structure that services the expanding geographies impacted by oil and gas activity. Learn more
Sam (Malone) Rubright, MPH, CPH
Samantha Rubright has worked with FracTracker since its inception in 2010. With FracTracker, Sam conducts and translates environmental health research for the website; nurtures collaborative relationships; manages FracTracker’s student internship program; and serves as the initial contact for media inquiries. Sam obtained a master of public health degree from Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health and... Learn more
Michael is attending Grand Valley State University pursuing a degree in Natural Resource Management and a minor in Biology. Along with his major and minor he is working towards acquiring his GIS certificate. Currently he is working on an independent study focused on elk movements in Northern Michigan, which involves assessing and interpreting vegetation types using aerial imagery. He is also a member of the GVSU Bass Fishing Team and has had the opportunity to compete at state and national competitions. When Michael is not working he can be found spending time hunting and fishing throughout Michigan.
Wendy graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Public Health Policy. She worked in a pathology laboratory for three years before deciding to pursue her Master of Public Health degree with a specialization in Environmental Health Science and Policy at The George Washington University. In the summer of 2015, she interned at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board where she investigated occupational injuries that occurred as a result of conducting hot work (i.e. welding, grinding, burning). She always had an interest in worker safety and health, but as she went further into her graduate career, she also developed an interest in the environmental and occupational impacts that occur as a result from oil and gas industrial practices. She enjoys being in the mountains, taking road trips, traveling, and trying different types of cuisine.
Ashlee is a recent graduate of Humboldt State University. There she studied geography and geospatial science, earning a B.A. Her studies focused on the spatial extent and lasting impacts of human phenomena, particularly the wide availability of data and the geographic location of its producers. She is a member of the California Geographic Society and participated in their yearly conferences during her time at university. Her other interests include science fiction, brewing beer, yarn crafts, and traveling.
Sierra has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and an M.S. in Geography & Environmental Systems from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In her master’s thesis she investigated the effects of neoliberal environmental conservation policy in Costa Rica. She worked on Conservation International’s CASCADE project assessing the adaptive capacity of farmers in Central America to climate change. She was also a part of the Evidence-Based Conservation working group of the Science for Nature and People (SNAP) collaboration, helping to create a systematic map of the effects of conservation interventions on human well-being. Now, she aims to use GIS in projects relating to environmental justice and sustainable policy. She is currently a community organizer with the Shalefield Organizing Committee, a group working toward environmental justice for those impacted by natural gas infrastructure in central Pennsylvania. Her other interests include travelling, outer space, hydrology, and hiking.
Nicolette Slagle is joining us from Michigan, where she is pursuing an MS in Environmental Engineering Science. Previously, she completed an MS in Political Science at Illinois State University, where she participated in the Peace Corps Master’s International Program. At ISU, she studied Applied Community and Economic Development and served in Thailand with the Peace Corps. She received her Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Penn State. During this time, she participated in the American Indian Housing Initiative and first became concerned about the environmental justice issues facing native and indigenous communities. She has also served as an AmeriCorps member with AMD&Art in Vintondale, PA and a team leader with the National Civilian Community Corps. Her interest lays in ecotoxicology, environmental justice, and the use of community-based mapping for litigation purposes. Her joys include riding her bike, eating local foods, tasting local adult beverages, reading, photography, and seeing new things.