Franziska Landes is a Ph.D. candidate in the Earth and Environmental Science program at Columbia University. She is interested in environmental geochemistry and public health, especially the potential for community and public participation in science to reduce exposure to environmental contaminants while increasing environmental literacy. Her current work involves developing a field test kit for lead in soils and working with communities to discover the extent of soil-lead contamination in New York City and Peru.
After receiving her B.Sc. from Jacobs University in Germany, she worked for two years at the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, conducting and reviewing environmental assessments and remediation plans for the Brownfields Program.