Meghan is a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources, working to advance tools and methods for using environmental DNA (eDNA) to characterize marine biodiversity. Her work, at the intersection of biological oceanography and science & technology studies, seeks to center the human context of eDNA monitoring; she hopes to research both new scientific applications of eDNA as well as how stakeholders--from scientists to the general public--think about and engage with these applications.

Beyond her research, Meghan is a campus liaison for the Monterey Area Research Institutions' Network for Education (MARINE), co-founder of Stanford Ocean Networking And Research (SONAR), and co-organizer of the Stanford STS Graduate Workshop. She is also committed to teaching and mentoring the next generation of environmental scholars. In her free time, Meghan plays steel pan and accumulates house plants.

Honors & Awards

  • Graduate Public Service Fellowship, Stanford Haas Center for Public Service (2020)
  • Rhodes Scholarship, Rhodes Trust (2017)
  • Goldwater Scholarship, Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation (2016)
  • Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (2015)

Education & Certifications

  • MPhil, University of Oxford, Nature, Society, and Environmental Governance (2019)
  • B.S., Stanford University, Environmental Systems Engineering (2017)

Stanford Advisors

All Publications

  • Animal Agriculture and Climate Change in the US and UK Elite Media: Volume, Responsibilities, Causes and Solutions ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION-A JOURNAL OF NATURE AND CULTURE Kristiansen, S., Painter, J., Shea, M. 2020
  • Representations of Pacific Islands and climate change in US, UK, and Australian newspaper reporting CLIMATIC CHANGE Shea, M. M., Painter, J., Osaka, S. 2020
  • Tracing country commitment to Indigenous peoples in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE-HUMAN AND POLICY DIMENSIONS Shea, M. M., Thornton, T. F. 2019; 58
  • Adaptation and Resilience at the Margins: Addressing Indigenous Peoples' Marginalization at International Climate Negotiations ENVIRONMENT Comberti, C., Thornton, T. F., Korodimou, M., Shea, M., Riamit, K. 2019; 61 (2): 14–30
  • Occurrence of Host-Associated Fecal Markers on Child Hands, Household Soil, and Drinking Water in Rural Bangladeshi Households ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LETTERS Boehm, A. B., Wang, D., Ercumen, A., Shea, M., Harris, A. R., Shanks, O. C., Kelty, C., Ahmed, A., Mahmud, Z. H., Arnold, B. F., Chase, C., Kullmann, C., Colford, J. M., Luby, S. P., Pickering, A. J. 2016; 3 (11): 393-398
  • Occurrence of Host-Associated Fecal Markers on Child Hands, Household Soil, and Drinking Water in Rural Bangladeshi Households. Environmental science & technology letters Boehm, A. B., Wang, D. n., Ercumen, A. n., Shea, M. n., Harris, A. R., Shanks, O. C., Kelty, C. n., Ahmed, A. n., Mahmud, Z. H., Arnold, B. F., Chase, C. n., Kullmann, C. n., Colford, J. M., Luby, S. P., Pickering, A. J. 2016; 3 (11): 393–98


    We evaluated whether provision and promotion of improved sanitation hardware (toilets and child feces management tools) reduced rotavirus and human fecal contamination of drinking water, child hands, and soil among rural Bangladeshi compounds enrolled in a cluster-randomized trial. We also measured host-associated genetic markers of ruminant and avian feces. We found evidence of widespread ruminant and avian fecal contamination in the compound environment; non-human fecal marker occurrence scaled with animal ownership. Strategies for controlling non- human fecal waste should be considered when designing interventions to reduce exposure to fecal contamination in low-income settings. Detection of a human- associated fecal marker and rotavirus was rare and unchanged by provision and promotion of improved sanitation to intervention compounds. The sanitation intervention reduced ruminant fecal contamination in drinking water and general (non-host specific) fecal contamination in soil but overall had limited effects on reducing fecal contamination in the household environment.

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