Madeleine Siegel

Putting science into action to support people and the planet

Madeleine is a first-year doctoral student in the Environmental Science and Engineering Program. Through her work and research, she contributes to transforming scientific ideas into action to protect people and the planet.

Madeleine has worked as a project manager, leading teams in building multi-acre rooftop farms in New York City, 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. She has also worked as a graduate student researcher for the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School.

Madeleine has written for Columbia’s environmental publication State of the Planet and for the publication Rewire which advocates for reproductive justice. This past year, Madeleine hiked the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.