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ESI Visiting Scholar

Deborah Cramer • November 13, 2014

Deborah Cramer, author, at Wingersheek Beach in Gloucester, MA, November 13, 2014.© 2014 Shawn G. Henry

Deborah Cramer lives with her family at the edge of a salt marsh in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where each year she awaits the arrival of horseshoe crabs and alewives in tidal creeks, and the passage of migrating sandpipers and herons.  She writes about science, nature, and the environment, and is a visiting scholar at MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative.

Cramer has written three books, Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage, Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water Our World, and The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey.   She has lectured about her writing and the sea on both sides of the Atlantic, at science and maritime museums, environmental and teachers’ organizations, and undergraduate and graduate schools in oceanography and journalism. Her writing has most recently appeared in Audubon, BBC Wildlife, the Boston Globe and on the op-ed page of the New York Times.

The Narrow Edge has received the Best Book Award from the National Academy of Sciences, the Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists, and the Reed Award in Environmental Writing from the Southern Environmental Law Center.


ESI Student Advisory Council

Lisa Anderson, Postdoctoral Associate, School of Engineering, Chemical Engineering

Parrish Bergquist, PhD StudentSchool of Architecture and Planning, Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Elisa BolesUndergraduate, School of Science, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)

Kathy CamenzindUndergraduate, School of Engineering; Undergraduate Association’s Committee on Sustainability, co-chair

Josh HesterPhD Student, School of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Graduate Student Council Sustainability Subcommittee, recent co-chair

Kara HolinskiUndergraduate, School of Engineering

Linda JingUndergraduate, School of Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering; Undergraduate Association’s Committee on Sustainability, recent co-chair

Joseff KolmanUndergraduate, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Political Science and School of Science, Physics

Amit KumarPostdoctoral Associate, School of Engineering, Chemical Engineering; MIT Energy Club energy and environment chair

Paige OmuraUndergraduate, School of Engineering, Chemical Engineering

Rachel OsmundsenUndergraduate, School of Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering; Undergraduate Association’s Committee on Sustainability, Compost Lead

William PopovUndergraduate, School of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Undergraduate Association’s Committee on Sustainability, Community Garden Subcommittee

Will RafeyGraduate, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Economics

Abigail RegitskyGraduate, School of Engineering; Graduate Student Council Sustainability Subcommittee, co-chair; MIT Waste Alliance member

Tchelet SegevUndergraduate, School of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Yanisa TechagumthornUndergraduate, School of Architecture and Planning and School of Engineering, Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Materials Science and Engineering; Undergraduate Association’s Committee on Sustainability, co-chair

Irmak TuranPhD Student, School of Architecture and Planning, Architecture

Dave WhittlestonGraduate, School of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Judy YangGraduate, School of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Richard ZhangPhD Student, School of Science, Applied Mathematics