Sara Perl Egendorf

  • Doctoral Student, Groffman Lab, Environmental Sciences Initiative

Sara Perl Egendorf is a Ph.D. student in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center and Brooklyn College studying urban soil. Her research is focused on human interactions with urban soil contaminants and nutrients on multiple scales,  particularly the potential for urban soil to promote environmental justice and sustainability. She conducted the pilot study for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation’s Clean Soil Bank for her Masers Thesis at Brooklyn College, and is currently working on research with the NYS Department of Health and Cornell University on sources of lead contamination that are deposited on vegetables in community gardens.

She holds a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Washington, a Bachelor’s in Education from Brown University, and has been teaching in K-12 schools, museums, community centers, and college settings for the past 15 years. She is committed to bridging gaps between scientific communities and the public, and uses her teaching experience to engage people from diverse backgrounds in both understanding and participating in scientific research.


A.A. Paltseva, Z. Cheng, S.P. Egendorf, and P.M. Groffman. Remediation of an urban garden with elevated levels of soil contamination. Science of The Total Environment, 2020, 722: 137965. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.137965.

S.P. Egendorf, P. Groffman, G. Moore, and Z. Cheng. The Limits of Lead (Pb) Phytoextraction and Possibilities of Phytostabilization in Contaminated Soil: A Critical Review. International Journal of Phytoextraction, 2020. In press.

A.E. Schachter, A. Gailey, S.P. Egendorf, and H.W. Mielke HW. Mechanisms of children’s soil exposure. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, 2020, 50(1): 100742. DOI: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2019.100742.

A.D. Gailey, A.E. Schachter, S.P. Egendorf, and H.W. Mielke. Quantifying soil contamination and identifying interventions to limit health risks. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, 2020, 50(1): 100740. DOI: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2019.100740.

S.P. Egendorf, A.D. Gailey, A.E. Schachter, and H.W. Mielke. 2020. Soil toxicants that potentially affect children’s health. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, 2020, 50(1): 100741. DOI: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2019.100741.

H.W. Mielke, C.R. Gonzales, E.T. Powell, M.A.S. Laidlaw, K.J. Berry, P.W. Mielke, Jr., and S.P. Egendorf. The concurrent decline of soil lead and children’s blood lead in New Orleans. PNAS, 2019. DOI: 10.1703/pnas.1906092116.