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Emma Laurens in a first-year doctoral candidate and graduate teaching assistant from the greater Philadelphia area. Broad interests include the relationship between environmental degradation and changing administrations within the United States; as well as associated public viewpoints. She is especially interested in researching the time between policy implementation at the federal level and tangible environmental effects.
Emma recieved her B.S. in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University in May of 2017.
Present research includes long-term collaborative project between the Arizona State University and University of California, Davis observing local government's capacity to cope with boom-bust cycles associated with hydraulic fracturing operations in the Appalachia region; Specifically, communities located on the Marcellus and Utica shales in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. General research interests include hydraulic fracturing and associated social and environmental impacts; environmental justice, remediation and policy; alternative energy; waters rights and use.