Soren Rundquist
Director of Spatial Analysis

Areas of Expertise

  • Agricultural conservation
  • Agricultural pollution
  • Algae blooms
  • CAFOs
  • Maps and geographic data

Press Contact

To schedule an interview with Soren Rundquist, contact:


  • M.S., GIS, Pennsylvania State University
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, GIS, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Iowa


Soren Rundquist uses GIS and remote sensing data to better understand how agricultural landscapes affect the environment. After graduating from the University of Iowa, Rundquist worked with the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. National Park Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources. He later worked as a project analyst in the Finance and Markets Division of Thomson Reuters, using GIS data to assess risks in the agriculture and forestry sector.

In the News

“Everything that’s been sprayed on the fields is going to leave with the runoff anyway. So pumping might move it from over here to over there, but it doesn’t have a practical effect.”
- Soren Rundquist
September 14, 2018
“If we can afford to spend $1 billion supporting corn and soybeans, we can spend a fraction of that to support the environment and the people who depend on it.”
- Soren Rundquist
July 2017
“Is [spending more money to promote cover crops] too expensive, considering how much money we spend on agricultural subsidies?”
- Soren Rundquist
March 16, 2017
“[They’re] getting increasing rainfall totals and these extreme events are going to keep washing this waste on areas near lower lying, susceptible, floodplain zones.”
- Soren Rundquist
February 13, 2019
“We hope this empowers the general public, policymakers and advocates to use these maps.”
- Soren Rundquist
June 22, 2016
“The state of North Carolina is doing a good job of staying out in front of this toxic algal bloom issue, especially in comparison to the rest of the United States.”
- Soren Rundquist
August 13, 2019
“We have a problem. Florida’s warmer climate is naturally conducive to algal blooms.”
- Soren Rundquist
August 8, 2019
“It’s one of the most effective grass practices, especially at the scale of some of these larger fields.”
- Soren Rundquist
December 2, 2018

EWG Publications

Get the App

EWG's Skin Deep® Mobile App

Download EWG’s Healthy Living App Today! Ratings for more than 120,000 food and personal care products, now at your fingertips.

Download EWG’s Healthy Living App Today! Ratings for more than 120,000 food and personal care products, now at your fingertips.

Get the App Download App

Other EWG Resources

EWG's Tap Water Database

Children's Health Initiative

EWG's Healthy Living App

Guide to Healthy Cleaning

EWG's Food Scores

EWG's Skin Deep

Safe Cell Phone Use

Cancer Prevention Within Reach