Sophie Ruehr

Sophie is a Ph.D student within UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, where she studies climate science in the Keenan lab. Her interest in climate and society led her to report for local and national news organizations on topics such as seal population booms, a gypsy moth invasions, water pollution, tenant farmers and illicit mushroom foragers. Her work has appeared in the Provincetown Banner, Provincetown Independent and InsideClimate News.

Sophie has lived in and written about Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Vanuatu, a Pacific island nation where she collected oral histories about climate change during a year-long research fellowship from Yale University. Her interests in amplifying stories of environmental injustice and documenting lived experiences of climate change motivate her to pursue thoughtful work that looks beyond normative narratives. But the environment isn’t the only topic that excites her; she likes to learn about almost everything else, too.

Sophie graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Geology & Geophysics and writes songs for jazz guitar.