Ph.D. Student, School of the Environment
MEM School of Environment, Yale University, 2020
B.A., Oberlin College, 2016
Leo is a doctoral student at the Yale School of the Environment where they study climate impacts on the social, health, and economic well-being of diverse sexual and gender minorities. Pulling from their academic background and practice in climate science, environmental justice, and LGBTQ+ health, they will use interdisciplinary mixed methods to study their research questions.
Prior to joining the Bell research group in Fall 2023, Leo coordinated an interagency working group on climate and health, three chapters of the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5), and the Belmont Forum Climate, Environment, and Health Collaborative Research Action Round II. He is a sexual and gender minority health technical contributor for the Health chapter of NCA5. They have also previously worked with various environmental justice communities and organizations on environmental health disparities.
Outside of research, Leo collaborates with community organizations and federal agencies to communicate impacts of climate change on sexual and gender minority communities and volunteers as a Board member of OUT for Sustainability.
1. 2023 Grist 50 Fixer
2. Ford Fellowship Honorable Mention
3. ICF Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award
4. Environmental Justice and Health Initiative Student Research Fellow
5. Environmental Fellows Program
Goldsmith, L., & Bell, M. L. (2022). Queering Environmental Justice: Unequal Environmental Health Burden on the LGBTQ+ Community. American Journal of Public Health, 112(1), 79–87 https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2021.306406
Goldsmith, L., Raditz, V., & Méndez, M. (2022). Queer and present danger: Understanding the disparate impacts of disasters on LGBTQ+ communities. Disasters, 46(4), 946–973. https://doi.org/10.1111/disa.12509