Meet Our Investigators
Site Location: Fountain, CO
John Adgate, PhD
John is a Co-Principal Investigator for Colorado SCOPE. He is a Professor in the Colorado School of Public Health and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. His expertise is in exposure and risk assessment. His research interests include: health impacts and sustainability of energy development, PFAS exposure and health effects, children’s environmental health, and the impacts of air pollution and climate change on human health.
Anne Starling, PhD
Anne is a Co-Principal Investigator for Colorado SCOPE. She is an assistant professor in the Epidemiology Department in the Colorado School of Public Health as well as the Assistant Director for Environmental Health at the Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes Center. Anne's research has focused on how environmental exposures can impact risk of chronic disease. She has previously looked at how exposure to PFAS during pregnancy may impact risk of preeclampsia.
Amber Vaughn, DrPH, MPH
Amber is the Project and Data Manager for Colorado SCOPE. She has worked several years with John Adgate in the Environmental and Occupational Health Department at the Colorado School of Public Health. She has experience researching radon behaviors and policy and participated as a research assistant in the previous local study, PFAS-AWARE (2018-9)
Field & Data Collection Team
Deanna is the Outreach and Recruiting Manager for Colorado SCOPE. She is not native to
Colorado, but arrived in Fountain as fast as she could. Deanna was the Fountain-Fort Carson’s
high school valedictorian in 2004, and she has a Master’s in Environmental Learning and a
certificate in Water Policy from the University of Arizona. During that time she also worked in
public engagement for the University. Deanna also served as a Research Assistant on the pilot
study (PFAS-AWARE) conducted in the Fountain Valley in
Brenna is a student assistant for CO SCOPE. She cares deeply about human health and will be completing her bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in May 2023. Her career interests include a continuation in the medical field and in public health. Brenna has worked in urgent care and vaccine clinics as an emergency medical technician (EMT) and brings our field team many valuable insights and new ideas about how to increase office efficiency, how the environment affects human health, and how humans affect their environment. Whenever she has free time in her busy schedule, Brenna enjoys hiking with her dogs, volunteering, and reading.
Sadie is a Student Research Assistant for CO SCOPE. She is currently working on her Allied and Professional Health Sciences post-baccalaureate certificate from CU Denver in order to apply to medical school next year. She obtained a BA in Communication from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and has a MS in Marketing from Syracuse University. Her passion for healthcare and community drove her to pivot from a career in business to one in the healthcare industry.
Micaela is the Protocol Compliance and Data Manager SCOPE. She earned her bachelor
degree in Exercise Science and Health at the University of Idaho and moved to Colorado to join
the Colorado SCOPE team. Micaela has a keen interest in public health research and has
previously worked as a Research Assistant for studies involving children’s health and safety,
Native American health, and Washington State Agricultural studies.
Brent is a Professional Research Assistant for Colorado SCOPE. He is a native Colorado resident and obtained his Bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Brent previously studied the impacts of PFAS on microbial communities in Colorado soils as an undergraduate researcher. He has an interest in public health research that allows him to engage a community's issues through the lens of innovative research.
Anne brings exceptional experience and expertise to her role as the Professional Research Laboratory Assistant for the CO SCOPE Field Team. Her background since receiving her certification in 2006 has covered all the tasks needed for the MSS research protocol, including biometrics and biospecimen collection, and experience with every age range from pediatrics to geriatrics. After working for several years in the Emergency Department as a technician and EMT, then in Primary Care as a Medical Assistant, she was the Lead Phlebotomist in a clinical reference lab. Anne has years of field wisdom from participating in 2 longitudinal studies for clinical research. The first was with the University of Michigan Aging and Retirement Study. The second was Wave V of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (AddHealth). Anne has also been the primary collector of in-home physical and biological data, including genetic markers and blood-based assays, that took her across the state of Colorado. Anne learned about CO SCOPE through her amazing network of connections and came highly recommended by the study team's phlebotomist in PFAS-AWARE.
Hannah is a Professional Research Assistant for Colorado SCOPE. She is a graduate student in the Environmental and Occupational Health Department at the Colorado School of Public Health. She received her bachelor’s degree in public health and environmental studies from Tulane University in 2018. Her early career experiences have been in international food systems, migration, and gender research.
CU Denver: Anschutz Campus
Deb is a Co-Investigator for Colorado SCOPE. She is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and a senior biostatistician with the LEAD (Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes) center at the Colorado School of Public Health. Deb has a career-long focus on power and sample size for multilevel and longitudinal studies and on the analysis of longitudinal epidemiological cohort studies and randomized controlled clinical trials.
Greta is a Co-Investigator for Colorado SCOPE. Greta is the Director of Pediatric Neuropsychology and a Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is a neuropsychologist with deep experience in the clinical assessment of children. She has had broad involvement in studies addressing the impact of diseases/disorders on development. Greta has been especially engaged by large, multi-center studies that include neurocognitive assessment, and has endeavored to make it possible to complete these assessments in a reliable, consistent, effective, and accurate manner.
Stephen will conduct some of the laboratory analyses for the investigator-initiated portion of Colorado SCOPE. He is the lab manager of John Adgate's lab in the Environmental and Occupational Health Department at the Colorado School of Public Health. Stephen is skilled in Flow, ELISA, Western Blotting, Size Fractionation, CHIP assays, cell culture, processing human samples, and various other laboratory techniques.
Ben is an Instructor for the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health. He is an environmental scientist with expertise in the spatiotemporal modeling of pollutants and diseases. His current research focuses on pollutants produced across the good life cycle during oil and gas development and the effect on surrounding communities, the impact of indoor and outdoor air pollution on children's health, and environmental justice.
Colorado School of Mines
Chris is a co-investigator for Colorado SCOPE. He is an associate professor at the Colorado School of Mines in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Chris's research focuses on the fate, transport, and bioaccumulation of emerging contaminants in the environment. In particular, he has been exploring the fate and biopersistance of PFAS in groundwater systems as well as working to develop analytical techniques to identify and quantify new PFAS compounds.
Kamini is a co-investigator for Colorado SCOPE she is a professor at the Colorado School of Mines. Over the last 15 years, her research has focused on a variety of hydrogeologic processes, including fluid flow and contaminant transport in porous media and fractured rock, groundwater-surface water exchange, the connections between groundwater fluxes, and evapotranspiration, and the application of geophysics to hydrologic problems.
John is a co-investigator for Colorado SCOPE. He is a professor at the Colorado School of Mines. Over the last 25 years, his research has focused on the fate and transport of contaminants in hydrologic systems, with a particular focus on modeling transport in complex groundwater and vadose-zone scenarios (i.e., multiphase, contaminant mixtures, heterogeneous hydrologic systems, non-linear / non-equilibrium chemistry, hydrobiochemical processes).
Jessie is a post-doctoral researcher in the Higgins lab. Broadly, Jessie is interested in sustainable water security. Under this umbrella, she has worked on a spectrum of topics from groundwater recharge dynamics to emerging contaminants. For her postdoctoral work, she’s exploring the fate and transport of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Prior to her reimmersion in academia, Jessie served as the Hydrogeologist for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Drinking Water Program.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Kristy is a co-investigator for Colorado SCOPE. She is an environmental toxicologist working at the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment to protect public health and the environment from hazardous substances. Her goal is to identify exposure pathways, educate community members and local agencies about potential hazards, and evaluate potential health risks to the community and the environment.
Kelsey was the project manager for Colorado SCOPE and worked with John Adgate in the Environmental and Occupational Health Department at the Colorado School of Public Health. Her interest in exposure science and environmental health risk assessment, risk communication, and environmental epidemiology led her to her new position as a Toxicologist with CDPHE. Kelsey has also previously worked on projects examining indoor air quality and respiratory health as well as health impacts from oil and gas development.
Mallory provides support in education, outreach, and communication for CO SCOPE. She works as an Environmental Health Educator at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Mallory has over four years of experience in educating and protecting communities through various environmental health interventions. Mallory previously worked at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment to prevent lead and arsenic exposures to an at-risk residential area. She is passionate about fostering healthy and safe communities across Colorado.