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Myers is founder, CEO and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences. He holds a doctorate in the biological sciences from UC Berkeley and a BA from Reed College. For a dozen years beginning in 1990, Myers served as Director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia. Along with co-authors Dr. Theo Colborn and Dianne Dumanoski, Myers wrote Our Stolen Future, a 1996 book that explores the scientific basis for how contamination threatens fetal development.
Myers has chaired the board of the Science Communication Network since its founding in 2003 and also serves as board chair of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. He is a trustee of the Jenifer Altman Foundation. Until its merger with Pew Charitable Trusts in late 2007, he was Board Chair of the National Environmental Trust. He also has served as Board President of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, an association of 40+ foundations supporting work on biodiversity, climate, energy and environmental health. In 2013 Myers was awarded the $50,000 Frank Hatch "Sparkplug" Award for Enlightened Public Service by The John Merck Fund.
Koym earned a B.B.A. from Texas Christian University in 1989. He worked as a systems engineer for EDS (now part of HP) until 1995. During this time, he worked on system implementations for state and private sector contracts. Since completing an M.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota in 1997, he has been helping environmental nonprofits make better use of technology.
He has been the programmer for Environmental Health Sciences since its beginning, and prior to that worked at the W. Alton Jones Foundation in Charlottesville, Va. He lives in Charlottesville, where his hobbies include woodworking and repairing vintage sewing machines.
Journalist Douglas Fischer joined Environmental Health Sciences in 2008 as editor of The Daily Climate, EHN.org's sister site focuing on energy, climate change and the environment. In 2015 he became director of both The Daily Climate and Environmental Health News.
From 2001 through 2008, Fischer covered the environment for the Oakland Tribune and a number of San Francisco Bay Area papers, including the San Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times. Prior to that he spent five years in Fairbanks, Alaska, at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, where, among other hats, he was the paper’s restaurant reviewer. He started his journalism career New York City, in Newsweek’s Letters Department.
His articles have won numerous national and regional awards, among them an Award of Merit from the inaugural Grantham Prize, the world’s largest journalism prize. Data from one of his investigations, of a typical family’s chemical body burden, was published in a peer-reviewed article in a leading public health journal in 2006, and he has lectured on environmental health and journalism in conferences, seminars and classrooms across the country.
Fischer has a degree in philosophy from Columbia University and lives with his wife and two children in Bozeman, Mont. He is a Board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.
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Bienkowski serves as editor of Environmental Health News and its sister site, The Daily Climate. He was part of the reporting team that won an Oakes Award honorable mention for EHN's 2012 series, Pollution, Poverty, People of Color. He also won 2013 and 2014 awards for Outstanding Beat Reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists for his coverage of the Great Lakes region at EHN.
As a graduate student Bienkowski served as a reporter and assistant editor at Great Lakes Echo. He has contributed to newspapers throughout Michigan, as well as local and national magazines. Prior to attending graduate school he worked in manufacturing and urban agriculture.
He holds a master’s degree in environmental journalism and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Michigan State University. He lives with his girlfriend, Dani, and their five (!) four-legged friends in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
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Pyle Brunton has been with the organization since 2004. As part of the staff she helps define the type of news and sources offered on the EHN website.
Prior to attending graduate school she worked as a research technician on carbon sequestration and tropical ecosystem recovery projects. She also spent several years working as a consultant and naturalist in the environmental education field. She misses the days of traipsing through the New England woods teaching ecology.
She holds a Masters in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. She lives with her family in the Washington, D.C. area.
West's responsibilities include all the tasks that keep the EHS office running, our social media on track, plus various research projects and internal documentation. She also aggregates news for the sites, serves as backup editor as needed and writes the occasional article.
A bachelor's degree in English from George Mason University with a concentration in poetry and a restless spirit have led her down several career paths in the nonprofit, education and news worlds with a short detour in the corporate world as a technical writer. She has worked as an adult basic literacy and ESL teacher, an education reporter, a magazine editor, a food co-op manager and in development, public relations, program management and pretty much any job that needs to be done at a small nonprofit.
She grew up on Army bases across the country and overseas, including Alaska and Germany. Now she calls Charlottesville, Virginia, home and hikes with her husband and two young sons in the Shenandoah mountains as often as possible.
During a 17-year career at CNN, Peter Dykstra was executive producer for science, environment, weather and technology coverage. He shared an Emmy award for CNN's coverage of the 1993 Mississippi River floods; a Dupont-Columbia Award for the network's reporting on the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami; and a Peabody Award for the 2005 coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Prior to CNN, Dykstra was national media director for Greenpeace, setting up the organization's U.S. media operations.
In 2009, he launched Science Nation, a video news series, for the National Science Foundation. From 2009 to 2011, he was a deputy director at The Pew Charitable Trusts, in charge of web, print and broadcast communications for the Pew Environment Group.
Dykstra is a former Board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and serves on the Advisory Board for the Ted Scripps Environmental Journalism Fellowships at the University of Colorado. Dykstra is a former judge for the Oakes Award for Environmental Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the National Academy of Sciences Communications Awards, and the Scripps-Howard Journalism Awards.
He can be heard weekly on Public Radio Internaional’s Living on Earth. Dykstra has a Bachelor of Science degree in communication from Boston University and lives in Conyers, Ga.
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Science Communication Fellows Program
The Science Communication Fellows program, part of Environmental Health Sciences, is a valuable resource for journalists and others who seek scientists to communicate about an array of topics related to environmental health and green chemistry. Until recently the program selected 10 researchers from a variety of disciplines as Fellows. During the year-long program, they develop the essential skills to convey in plain and engaging language important research findings about the link between environment and human and ecological health. The fellowship is unique in that it places researchers at the interface between science and journalism.
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