Caroline E. Scruggs
Lauren A. Patterson
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Caroline Scruggs is a PhD Candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University. She studies management and safe use of chemicals with a focus on consumer products. Of particular interest are U.S. and European chemicals policies and businesses’ roles and responsibilities in protecting public and environmental health, promoting information flow along supply chains, and contributing to public knowledge about chemical risks. Caroline has worked with numerous international organizations and businesses during her doctoral research, and plans to continue working at the interface of science, business, and policy to improve public and environmental health.
Caroline holds BS and MS degrees in environmental engineering, and has previous experience working on global water quality projects and strategies to remove emerging contaminants, such as endocrine disrupting chemicals, from environmental systems. Aside from her research, she enjoys yoga, cycling, and hiking, and has passions for traveling and music.
As a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Lauren Patterson’s dissertation focuses on examining drivers of water scarcity in the South Atlantic and exploring potential policy options. Her research interests were fueled by the tensions between residents and politicians, as well as between water conservation and economic development during a recent severe drought. Water scarcity is a growing issue in the South Atlantic and it is an exciting time to contribute research for policy formation and implementation. Lauren received an MA at UNC examining the effectiveness of flood policy and she has worked with local governments through the Environmental Finance Center to address sustainable financing strategies for watershed protection. Relationships and financing strategies are crucial to implement research findings. Post dissertation, it is Lauren’s hope to continue to serve society at the nexus of water science and policy.