Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., is an ecologist, author, and cancer survivor and an internationally recognized authority on the environmental links to cancer and human health. Her acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment presents her research on, and personal experience with, environmental pollution and cancer. Originally published in 1997, with a second edition in 2010, it has been adapted into a documentary. She has also written Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood and recently, Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis.
In March 2013, Steingraber was arrested along with other protesters for demonstrating against the Inergy natural gas facility in upstate New York, where she lives, to protest “the industrialization of the Finger Lakes”. Heralded as “the new Rachel Carson,” she speaks extensively and is a columnist for Orion magazine.