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FracTracker Staff Listed Alphabetically

Ted Auch, PhD

Ted Auch, PhD

Great Lakes Program Coordinator

Ted’s primary responsibilities include mapping and bringing to light data gaps associated with the waste, water, and land-use footprint of the unconventional oil and gas build-out across the Midwest/Great Lakes region of North America. Ted’s primary interests include frac sand mining, watershed security... Learn more

Karen Edelstein, MPS

Karen Edelstein, MPS

Eastern Program Coordinator

Karen Edelstein’s work with FracTracker involves mapping oil and gas infrastructure and associated community responses, transitions to clean energy, and demographics of impacted communities. Primarily she works on oil and gas development issues along the East Coast. Learn more

Kyle Ferrar, MPH

Kyle Ferrar, MPH

Western Program Coordinator

Kyle manages work in the west coast region, where most of the current projects focus on extraction activities in California and Colorado. He is constantly managing relationships and collaborating with allies, including community groups, other researchers, and both local and national advocacy groups. Learn more

Erica Jackson, BA

Erica Jackson, BA

Manager of Community Outreach and Support

Erica supports FracTracker’s communication and outreach activities. Through FracTracker’s website, social media platforms, and outreach programs, Erica engages the public in issues surrounding oil and gas... Learn more

Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson

Communications & Administrative Specialist

Rebecca’s responsibilities support FracTracker’s administrative, operational and human resource functions. She coordinates several employee and organizational accounts, budgets and reports pertaining to HR-related issues... Learn more

Matt Kelso, BA

Matt Kelso, BA

Manager of Data & Technology

Matt Kelso has been with the FracTracker Alliance since 2010. Matt maintains numerous oil and gas related maps and performs data analysis for the FracTracker site. He also works extensively with other nonprofit organizations in order to help them with... Learn more

Brook Lenker, MA

Brook Lenker, MA

Executive Director

David “Brook” Lenker is the Executive Director of the FracTracker Alliance and based in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. He oversees the strategic programmatic, operational, and fundraising activities of FracTracker and works with the board... Learn more

Shannon Smith, BA

Shannon Smith, BA

Manager of Communications and Development

Shannon translates FracTracker’s extensive work and research into content that speaks to various audiences such as partner organizations, communities concerned with fracking, policy makers, researchers, and financial supporters. Learn more

FracTracker’s 2021 Environmental Health Fellow

Carol Nie

Carol Nie

Environmental Health Fellow

Carol Nie is currently a grad student at the University of Pennsylvania working toward a dual Masters degree in Environmental Studies and Public Health, with concentrations in environmental policy and environmental health. She received her BS in Ecology from UCLA, with minors in Conservation Biology and Environmental Engineering. Building her conservation background, she has extensive research experience in wildlife conservation and biodiversity, such as pathogens from urban wildlife impacting butterflies in the Amazon. She conducted beach water quality monitoring on the West Coast, through which she became interested in the relationship between environmental issues and human health. She hopes to learn more about fracking and its impact on air quality, as well as how it informs energy policy that can shape the future. Carol loves cooking, reading and DIY travel journals.

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