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Multidisciplinary Team

The multidisciplinary team of staff and students offer experience and expertise across a diverse range of areas. We are formally trained as public administrators, engineers, planners, attorneys, finance/business specialists, economists, policy specialists, information and data scientists, environmental scientists, and more.


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Liz Harvell

Graduate Research Assistant

Liz Harvell graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2017 where she majored in Business Journalism, with a minor in Environmental Science and Studies. After graduation, Liz coordinated communications and … Continued

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Sarah Henshaw

Graduate Research Assistant

Sarah Henshaw is a Graduate Research Assistant working on the Smart Management for Small Water Systems project at the EFC. Her work entails creating and updating funding tables that act as resources for local governments … Continued

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Kimberly Kirkhart

Graduate Research Assistant

Kimberly Kirkhart joined the EFC as a graduate research assistant in summer 2021. She is currently working on small water system case studies to provide educational resources for other rural areas. She received her B.S … Continued

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Ben Lasley

Graduate Research Assistant

Ben Lasley is a Graduate Research Assistant working at the EFC. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2019 with a degree in Environmental Studies, Political Science, and Geography. After graduation, Ben worked as a … Continued

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Allison Newman

Graduate Research Assistant

Allie Newman graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in May 2019 where she majored in Human Biology, with minors in Healthcare Management and Policy and International Studies. She is currently a first year Master of Public … Continued

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Eva Ramirez-Flores

Graduate Research Assistant

Eva graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill May 2021 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and is pursuing a Master’s in Information Science as part of Carolina’s Dual-Degree Environmental Informatics program. She is looking forward to discovering … Continued

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Gabriela Santana

Student Research Assistant

Gabriela Santana is an undergraduate Environmental Science student with a minor in Geography graduating in December 2021. She is hoping to pursue a Master’s in Information Science at UNC through the Dual-Degree Environmental Informatics program … Continued

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Austin Thompson

PhD Research Assistant

Austin Thompson joined the EFC at UNC in 2018 as a Project Director. In this role, she conducted applied research and provides technical assistance and training for environmental service providers. Thompson holds a BS in … Continued

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Delia Wegner

Student Research Assistant

Delia Wegner graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in May 2021 with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Urban Studies and Planning. She is now pursuing a Masters in Information Science degree at UNC … Continued

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