Jane E. Disney, PhD

Primary Institution:
Mount Desert Island Biological Lab
Associate Professor of Environmental Health
Current SEPA Project

I am currently an Associate Professor of Environmental Health at MDI Biological Laboratory. In addition, I directs the activities of the Community Environmental Health Laboratory. I am the co-developer of the citizen science online data portal, Anecdata.org. Since 2000, I have worked with multiple community partners, identifying and helping to remedy threats to public health and the clean waters on and around Mount Desert Island. With an initial 5-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, I launched “All About Arsenic” in 2018, a project that engages secondary school teachers and students as citizen scientists in collecting well water samples for analysis of arsenic and other toxic metals and sharing their findings in their communities. In a new collaboration with the University of New England, I am focused on the health of Mainers over their lifespan, with research to uncover the connection between environmental exposures to toxic substances and the aging process.

Associated SEPA Project(s)