Laurel Schaider is a research associate in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research interests include connections among contaminant fate and transport, exposure assessment, and community-based participatory research. At Harvard, Dr. Schaider is the lead investigator of a study of mercury exposure in subsistence and recreational fishers in a rural community in northeastern Oklahoma. Dr. Schaider is also a research scientist at Silent Spring Institute, where she is studying organic wastewater compounds in groundwater and drinking water on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Dr. Schaider earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and an S.B. in Environmental Engineering Science from MIT. She has taught ecology and environmental engineering courses at MIT and Northeastern University.