Madeleine Siegel

Putting science into action to support people and the planet

Madeleine is passionate about putting science into action to protect people and the planet. She is a second year doctoral student in the Environmental Science and Engineering Program. Her current research focuses on environmental policy related to kelp forest restoration and kelp as a climate solution.

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.

Previously, as a project manager for Brooklyn Grange, she led teams in building multi-acre rooftop farms in New York City. She has also worked at UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, advocating for girls’ STEM education and women in science, and at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden as an environmental educator.

Madeleine has written for Climate Currents on the importance of voting for climate action and wildfire resiliency and for the publication Rewire which advocates for reproductive justice. Last year, Madeleine hiked the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.