Carolyn Hester

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I graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California in Davis. In 1999, I received my Secondary Broadfield Science teaching certificate. After teaching high school science at Victor school for 4 years, I started working in Dr. Ward’s lab at the University of Montana.

Currently I work on three main grants. One of the grants is a Science Education Partnership Award, (SEPA). This grant allows us to provide high school teachers with curriculum, air quality monitors, and professional development. Using these tools, teachers are able to assist their students in designing their own research projects, collecting data, analyzing results, and presenting their findings. I have worked on the SEPA grant since 2007, when I started working at the University. The other two grants, I currently work on, the KidsAIR and EldersAIR studies, focus on indoor air quality and respiratory health. Both of these grants focus on families who use a wood stove as their primary heating source and have either a child under 5 years old or an adult over 55 years old. The goal of these studies is to learn about the air the child or elder breathes and if it affects their breathing.

In my spare time, I enjoy doing yoga, being outdoors, gardening, and spending time with my husband, Kirk, our dogs, Sage and Lily, and out cats, Wapsis and Erma.