Kirsten Schwarz

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Kirsten Schwarz is an urban ecologist working at the interface of environment, equity, and health. Her research focuses on environmental hazards and amenities in cities and how their distribution impacts minoritized communities. Her work on lead contaminated soils documents how biogeophysical and social variables relate to the spatial patterning of soil lead. Her research on urban tree canopy has revealed large scale patterns related to income and tree canopy as well as historical legacies that impact this relationship. Most recently, Dr. Schwarz led an interdisciplinary team working on a community-engaged green infrastructure design that integrated participatory design and place-based solutions to realizing desired ecosystem services. Her expertise in science communication and engaging communities in the co-production of science was recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) naming her a Fellow in the Leshner Leadership Institute in the Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology. Dr. Schwarz’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, AAAS, and the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. Dr. Schwarz has a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Rutgers University. Prior to joining UCLA, she was an Associate Professor of Environmental Science at Northern Kentucky University where she directed their Ecological Stewardship Institute.

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UCLA Associate Professor, Urban Planning Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

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Ossola Alessandro, Schifman Laura, Herrmann Dustin L, Garmestani Ahjond S, Schwarz Kirsten, Hopton Matthew E   The Provision of Urban Ecosystem Services Throughout the Private-Social-Public Domain: A Conceptual Framework Cities and the environment, 2018; 11(1): 1-15.
Schwarz Kirsten, Pouyat Richard V, Yesilonis Ian   Legacies of Lead in Charm City's Soil: Lessons from the Baltimore Ecosystem Study International journal of environmental research and public health, 2016; 13(2): 209.
Schwarz Kirsten, Fragkias Michail, Boone Christopher G, Zhou Weiqi, McHale Melissa, Grove J Morgan, O'Neil-Dunne Jarlath, McFadden Joseph P, Buckley Geoffrey L, Childers Dan, Ogden Laura, Pincetl Stephanie, Pataki Diane, Whitmer Ali, Cadenasso Mary L   Trees grow on money: urban tree canopy cover and environmental justice PloS one, 2015; 10(4): e0122051.
Schwarz Kirsten, Weathers Kathleen C, Pickett Steward T A, Lathrop Richard G, Pouyat Richard V, Cadenasso Mary L   A comparison of three empirically based, spatially explicit predictive models of residential soil Pb concentrations in Baltimore, Maryland, USA: understanding the variability within cities Environmental geochemistry and health, 2013; 35(4): 495-510.

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