Stacy Woods

Research Director

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Stacy Woods (she/her) is the research director for the Food & Environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, Dr. Woods directs research across food, agriculture, and environmental health issues.

A geostatistican by training, Dr. Woods brings decades of experience in the application of spatial data science to environmental health research, law, and policy. Her research employs spatial statistics and GIS to investigate diverse environmental issues, from predicting lead pipe locations in Flint to quantifying pesticide runoff hazards to manatees in Florida. She has served as an expert witness and science advisor on numerous state and federal environmental cases, including the landmark Flint water case (Concerned Pastors for Social Action v. Khouri).

Prior to joining UCS, Dr. Woods worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL), and she was a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). She holds a PhD in environmental health engineering and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she was a Brown Scholar in community health.