Madeleine Siegel

Madeleine is a first-year doctorate student in the Environmental Science and Engineering Program at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Through her work and research experience, she has helped transform scientific ideas into action to protect the environment and public health.

Madeleine has worked as a project manager, leading teams in building multi-acre rooftop farms, and as an environmental educator, teaching gardening to elementary and middle school students. She has also worked at UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, advocating for girls’ STEM education and women in science. While pursuing her master’s degree at Columbia University, Madeleine conducted research for the New York Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Bureau.

Madeleine has written for Columbia’s environmental publication State of the Planet and for the publication Rewirewhich advocates for reproductive justice. This past year, between finishing her master’s degree and beginning her doctorate study, Madeleine hiked the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.