As a passionate educator and advocate, I’ve taught and spoken about the environment in many different settings including: classrooms, coral reefs, salt marshes, forests, in print, on the air, online, and in the urban jungles of New York City. In 2006, I co-taught a course for high school students at Brandeis University titled “Sources and Resources: Jewish Values, Humanity and the Environment.” To earn my daily bread – and make the world a better place – I work as a science consultant focusing on the role of black carbon (“soot”) in the melting of the glaciers and snowpack of the Arctic and the Himalayas.

My academic background includes the Bronx High School of Science (Class of 1987), a B.S. in biology from the University at Buffalo, and a M.S. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. My somewhat meandering career path has wandered through two stints with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and work for several environmental groups: the Environmental Defense Fund, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), the Public Research Interest Group (PIRG), and the Clean Air Task Force. Silver Spring, MD is the place I call home, along with my husband Alexander (“Sasha”) and our two children, Rafi (“I’m five and a half”) and Dvora (22 months). I’m passionate at food gardening, and convert more flower beds and patches of lawn to veggies every year.