Laurie Rardin, M.E.S.
Research Translation Coordinator
Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program
Hanover, NH 03755
Areas of Expertise: Environmental communications, community outreach, writing for all ages and levels of understanding
Background: Rardin has worked in the environmental communications field for over 25 years. She has developed a keen understanding of the need to create two-way dialogue between researchers and end-users, (stakeholders, interest groups and the general public) to ensure that research questions and results are used to benefit public health and the environment. She is particularly interested in combining modern and traditional research translation methods to help communities understand environmental priorities and consequences.
Past research includes: a review of the National Estuarine Sanctuaries Programaccepted for publication at Coastal Zone '83, a national symposium on coastal issues; and an analysis of impediments to the success of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection's (CT DEP) Non-Game Program.
Experience: As Public Participation Coordinator for the CT DEP, Office of Long Island Sound Programs for 11.5 years, Rardin's accomplishments included: co-authoring the Education Section of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the Long Island Sound Study, an EPA National Estuary Program; working with various citizens advisory committees for specific projects; reviewing education and outreach grant proposals for the Long Island Sound License Plate Fund; and assisting with the production of an award winning video, The Living Sound.
Rardin received a 2008 ECO Award (Global Environmental Communications, LLC), for a Kearsarge Magazine feature article, More Green on the Map. She is a member of the New Hampshire Writer's Project and the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and has written a children's novel based on the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina.