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STEM Diversity Program Manager and Environmental Health Educator
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Center for Public Engagement with Science


Megan Hoert Hughes is the STEM diversity program manager and environmental health educator with the Center for Public Engagement with Science (CPES) at the UNC Institute for the Environment.  Megan facilitates the IDEA (Increasing Diversity and Enhancing Academia) program for high school and undergraduate students interested in geoscience careers.  She also conducts outreach on asthma, healthy homes and childhood lead poisoning prevention and manages the Lead and Healthy Homes Task Force. Hughes has significant experience as an environmental educator and community advocate and has held positions at the Center for Environmental Programs at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH and the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.  She has a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University (2000) with an emphasis on Resource Ecology.

Professional Focus
Asthma, community engagement, environmental health outreach, healthy homes, resource ecology, STEM diversity, stormwater management


MEM, Resource Ecology, Duke University, 2000
B.A., Environmental Studies, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1997

Selected Publications

Korfmacher, KS, Elam, S, Gray, KM, Haynes, E, Hoert Hughes, M. Health PUBLICATION impacts of unconventional natural gas development: A comparative assessment of community information needs in New York, North Carolina, and Ohio. Reviews on Environmental Health 2014;29(4): 293-306.