Learn more about what our amazing 2021 Environmental Scholar's are working on!


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Lizbeth Cabrera

Nursing student

Bayview Hunter's Point Community Advocates

Lizbeth is a Family Health Nurse Practitioner candidate at UCSF’s School of Nursing. She received a B.S in Nutritional Science: Physiology and Metabolism from UC Berkeley. Liz has over six years of experience in reproductive health, community outreach and education. Her interests include learning more about how environmental exposures disproportionately impact unstably housed families in San Francisco and how to build effective screening tools for clinical application in identifying these exposures.


Anna Claire Fernández

Medical student

Wildfire Smoke  Exposure Community  Research 

AC is a first-year medical student at the UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program. A native New Yorker, she graduated from Cornell University in 2017 and subsequently worked as a case manager and Spanish language interpreter at Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Immigrant Health & Cancer Disparities Service. Her research interests lie in the community health benefits associated with federal and local renewable energy transitions. She plans to focus her time with the Environmental Scholars Program examining the impact of fossil fuel extraction on reproductive health in rural communities. She will be working with faculty in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology this summer to investigate the relationship between wildfire smoke exposure and adverse birth outcomes. In her free time, she loves playing basketball and the ukulele, DJing, and fantasizing about adopting a dog.


Olivia Leventhal

Medical student

PSE Healthy Energy

Olivia is a first-year medical student who grew up in Venice, California and went to Swarthmore College where she studied neuroscience. She initially got interested in environmental health and climate change through her work in Tanzania as the founder of a nonprofit organization raising money for a public primary school. There she learned how poor water quality was negatively impacting the communities’ health and that the mitigation strategy of rainwater harvesting to provide clean water was negatively impacted by climate change as the community experienced increasing drought. She's excited to cultivate skills to address environmental determinants of health that are exacerbated by climate change.


Madeline Matthys

Medical student

PSE Healthy Energy

Madeline is a first-year medical student at UCSF. She's from Santa Barbara, CA but traveled to North Carolina to attend Duke University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Bachelor of Arts in French, and a minor in Chemistry. She (promptly) returned to California to work for 2 years as a patient advocate and clinical researcher at the UCSF Breast Care Center, where she studied personalized breast cancer screening regimens. Madeline's love of all things outdoors is what sparked her interest in environmental health, sustainability, and climate health research. When she's not bothering her friends about reducing their plastic usage, you can probably find her cycling up Mt. Tam, backpacking in Pt Reyes, or swimming in the bay!