Sandy Buck and Gail Carlson at the Maine College Climate Action Summit at Colby, November 2019
Gail Carlson is the Director of the Buck Lab and has been a faculty member in the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College since 2005. She teaches and conducts research on the human health impacts of climate change, chemical pollution and food insecurity. She is the author of the forthcoming textbook Human Health and the Climate Crisis (January 2022, Jones & Bartlett Learning). She also teaches courses on global health and environmental activism, and she frequently advocates for safer chemicals policies and environmental protections in the media (here and here) and at the Maine State Legislature. Gail is involved in numerous civic engagement projects with students, including Food for Thought, which brings Colby students and local school children together to explore gardening, nutrition, and food security. Beyond Colby, she is Chair of the Science Advisory Council for the Portland, Maine-based organization Defend Our Health, and she served on their board for six years. Gail earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.