Brittany Huhmann investigates arsenic contamination of groundwater in Southeast Asia as a PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received a bachelor’s degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa.
She has worked in geoscience policy, education, and outreach with the American Geosciences Institute, the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, and Washington University’s Environmental Law Clinic, and has contributed to policy-relevant research at state and federal government labs. She advocates on behalf of graduate students at the local, state, and federal levels as part of the MIT Graduate Student Council's External Affairs Board. Her advocacy topics have included science funding, open access to the results of federally-funded research, arsenic testing for private wells, domestic class F visa renewal, start-up visas, pay equity, transgender anti-discrimination, environmental justice, and housing opportunities for co-ops and nontraditional families.