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  • Sarah Bermeo       

    Sanford School of Public Policy

    We are looking to better understand the link between climate impacts, health outcomes linked to food insecurity and malnutrition, and adaptation strategies. A particular focus will be on when increases in food insecurity lead to migration (internal and international) and alternative adaptation strategies that can increase resilience and allow people to build livelihoods with adequate nutrition without feeling forced to choose migration as the only viable alternative.

    We are carrying out an ongoing study on climate impacts that affect food security and nutrition in Central America and how those interact with other factors, such as levels of violence and available of outside aid to determine adaptation strategies. We are looking to expand this work, including through the use of remote sensing data and machine learning techniques to better measure both climate impacts and human mobility.

  • Aaron Reuben      

    Trinity School of Arts and Sciences

    I study environmental contributions to mental health and brain integrity across the lifespan

    As a clinical psychologist I am well versed in the assessment of brain and mental health outcomes and trajectories of development and aging. I also have experience in environmental exposure assessment, including to toxicants, neighborhood conditions and amenities, and climate-relevant conditions, such as heat and flooding.

  • Akhenaton-Andrew Jones

    Pratt School of Engineering

    We solve global challenges in water and health using engineering and policy analysis. Our mission is to develop novel systems to improve the environmental health and safety and understand what policies will lead to their equitable deployment. We study how external stresses impacts biofilm formation, viability, and susceptibility with applications towards infection, medical devices, food, water and wastewater treatment systems. We study past water and air policy outcomes as guidelines for future technology.                

    Biofilms, environmental microbiology, resilient systems, water quality monitoring

  • Allison Stafford

    School of Nursing

    My research is focused on promoting mental health equity among adolescents and young adults from underserved and immigrant backgrounds.

    I have research expertise in qualitative methods, implementation science, and adolescent health. While I have limited experience in climate change research, I am interested in the impact of climate change on adolescent mental health (e.g., “ecoanxiety”) and how clinicians can promote hope among youth.

  • Amie Koch

    School of Nursing

    My research revolves around vulnerable populations. There are three main branches of my research (a) communication, palliative care, end of life decision making of pediatric and adults, (b)Diversity, Equity, Inclusion including cultural/racism impact on health and health education and LGBTQ health and wellness, and (c) focusing on health promotion, community health and community wellness.                   

    I was a co-author on an environmental health nursing textbook, my chapter was about neighborhoods and community health.  I am passionate about being active in slowing down climate change and global impact of how we are harming our globe.

  • Andrew Ho

    Duke-NUS Health Services & Systems Research       

    Environmental epidemiology with particular focus on transboundary air pollution as primary exposure, and acute health outcomes as primary outcomes.

    Emergency Medicine, Health Services Research, Epidemiology

  • Anjni Joiner

    School of Medicine

    Impacts of climate change on disasters and health. Specifically, the impact on emergency medicine and EMS.

    Emergency Medicine/EMS response; disaster medicine

  • Anne Yoder

    Trinity School of Arts and Sciences

    Integrative evolutionary genetics  

    comparative phylogeography; spatial modeling; speciation genomics; conservation genomics

  • AnnMarie Walton

    School of Nursing

    My research centers on understanding and minimizing occupational exposures to known carcinogens. Specifically, I am interested in pesticide protective behaviors for Latino migrant and seasonal farmworkers and in minimizing occupational exposure to antineoplastic drugs for healthcare workers. I have experience with some methods of assessing contamination and exposure including surface wipe sampling, hand wipe sampling, and recently the use of silicone wrist bands.   

    I am the Duke University School of Nursing’s liaison to the Nurses Climate Challenge and am trying to increase education for our students in population health (which I facilitate) about climate change: I also served on the University Climate Initiative in the Climate Resilience Workgroup. I put together a webinar with a student and the Duke Gardens staff about gardening as a climate change solution. I gave a lecture to the health system about climate change for Earth Day in 2021 and participate in the Moral Movements in Medicine to do some introductory climate change education. I do not consider myself an expert in this area, but someone interested in learning more and in ensuring that nurses understand the impact that healthcare facilities have on the environment. I also know that pesticides (which are part of my research) are in greater use because of the impact of climate change. I am a member of ANHE (Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments) and a member of a newly formed group of nurses interested in environmental health within the Oncology Nursing Society.

  • Ashley Ward

    Nicholas Institute

    My research has focused on heat exposure, primarily maternal health, occupational heat exposure, and student-athletes. Much of my work with the NOAA-RISA program was on the ground, community engagement work with rural communities in North Carolina and South Carolina, building resilience and developing adaptation strategies to climate extremes (heat was my area of research but I worked with communities on a variety of extremes). PhD in medical geography, Research Associate and Climate-Health Engagement Specialist with the NOAA-RISA program for the Carolinas (CISA).

  • Brian McAdoo      

    Nicholas School of the Environment             

    Disasters and Disease Burden in the Himalaya

    Geohazards, Disaster Risk Reduction, disaster impact on disease burden.

  • Brian Silliman 

    Nicholas School of the Environment

    Ecology and Restoration; When and where are species interactions, like cooperation, important for ecosystems and people.

    Ecology, Restoration, Marine Science, Ecosystem Services, Experimental Design, Couple Human Natural Systems

  • Brooke Alhanti   

    School of Medicine

    Applied biostatistics in environmental epidemiology, cardiology, health services researchWork in intersection of climate models, air quality, and impact on health                          

  • Catherine Staton

    School of Medicine

    I research access to quality health care in low and middle income countries both at the patient level and the national level.

    I conduct emergency medicine access to health research globally with is greatly impacted by climate/ climate change and climate related disasters.

  • Charles Muiruri 

    School of Medicine 

    Climate Health Research

    Implementation Science 

  • Charles Nunn     

    Trinity School of Arts and Sciences

    My research focuses on the ecology and evolution of infectious disease, including field research in Madagascar on zoonotic disease and health disparities.

    infectious disease, ecology, land use change, zoonotic disease, One Health

  • Charles Welch

    University-wide Institute or Center

    Looking at the impact of climate change on agriculture and nutrition in the SAVA region of northeastern Madagascar.

    35 years of experience working on community-based conservation projects in Madagascar, through activities ranging from community health to regenerative agriculture.

  • Christina Wyatt     

    School of Medicine                 

    Renal health outcomes associated with environmental variables and viral infections

    Evaluating renal health following heat stress and dehydration


  • Claudia Gunsch  

    Pratt School of Engineering                

    Identifying genetic adaptation mechanisms resulting from anthropogenic contaminant exposure; developing biosensors capable of pathogen and contaminant detection in water and air; studying the impact of emerging contaminants on aquatic microbial ecology; and the development of novel techniques for controlling pathogen proliferation

    Environmental factors driving changes in the microbiome; developing environmental sensors of microbial community shifts

  • Dana Hunt

    Nicholas School of the Environment

    The Hunt lab’s research focus is on understanding the ecology of microbes through examination of their genes and lifestyles. Bacteria are the most diverse organisms on earth and play a pivotal role in planetary cycling of nutrients and energy. Yet, we have a poor understanding of the factors that drive their diversity and dynamics in the environment. We are specifically studying bacterial interactions with the environment at the appropriate temporal and spatial scale including the effect of temperature changes on bacterial populations and bacterial interactions with other organisms. Another area of active research is the response and adaptation of bacteria to emerging pollutants such as antibiotics and nanomaterials.

    Microbial responses to environmental change (including temperature, pH) and interactions between organisms           

  • Drew Shindell

    Nicholas School of the Environment

    Climate change, emphasizing societal impacts including health, labor, crops and economics

    health impacts of air pollution and heat exposure

  • Eleanor Stevenson        

    School of Nursing                    

    Male Involvement in Family Planning, couples-centered fertility care

    family planning initiatives to increase access/utilization

  • Fintan Hughes

    Department of Anesthesiology

    Impact of wildfire smoke on human health

    UK Intensive care society sustainability working group. Chair of Energy Policy working group at CODA Change. Oak Foundation funding for Wildfire & Health research

  • Gabriel Katul 

    Pratt School of Engineering 

    Mathematical Modeling, transport phenomenon 

    Worked on the effect of climate on biosphere-atmosphere processes, and modeling COVID-19 spread 

  • Georgia Tomaras            

    School of Medicine                 

    My laboratory is focused on understanding immune variation among individuals to elucidate ways to maximize immune potential and resilience. Over the past two decades, we have built a cutting-edge research laboratory program comprised of expert teams specializing in biophysical immunology, antibody immuno-technology, systems immunology, mucosal immunology, preclinical translation, data management, quality assurance, biostatistics, computational immunology, and program management. We explore the mechanisms that effector cells engage in for clearing infection in vivo and her laboratory applies systems immunology approaches to discover how protective immunity is achieved. Our laboratory has discovered specific antibodies that correlate with protections status and is focused on bridging basic and translational science for improving human health.   

    Immune resilience 

  • Heather Huntington         

    Trinity School of Arts and Sciences                

    My research focuses on land tenure, land-use change, natural resource governance and land administration. I study these topics in the context of impact evaluations of donor funded development projects to strengthen land governance and improve conservation outcomes, primarily in Africa. My work involves close collaboration with implementing partners  and policy makers to conduct actionable and policy relevant research and evaluations.         

    I am working with an interdisciplinary team to produce a Forest+ research report on Natural Climate Solution pathways, biodiversity conservation, and zoonotic disease risk mitigation, which will ultimately inform the research agenda  for USAID’s Natural Environment Branch. Also, I am currently leading a feasibility assessment for an impact evaluation focused on biodiversity and forest conservation in  Zambia. 

  • Helen Hsu-Kim

    Pratt School of Engineering

    Aquatic geochemistry, risks of metal pollution and remediation strategies, exposure analysis

    water quality, chemical exposures, impacts on the built environment

  • Henri Gavin

    Pratt School of Engineering

    system identification, optimal design under uncertainty, control, dynamic systems

    nonlinear dynamics, chaos, decision under uncertainty

  • James Herrera

    University-wide Institute or Center

    Duke Lemur Center    

    Conservation biology, interface of natural and human systems, community-based conservation

    studying effects of climate change and natural disasters on ecology of wildlife and agricultural productivity, food security, and nutritional health of smallholder farmers

  • Jennifer Swenson

    Nicholas School of the Environment

    tracking changes in terrestrial Earth’s living surface at the landscape to region scale with remote sensing and geospatial analysis: drought, deforestation & degradation, species distributions

    Spatial analysis of climate, landcover, human demographics, remotely-sensed data (vegetation, temperature time series)

  • Joao Ricardo Nickenig Vissoci

    School of Medicine

    Data science applied to health care access, equity in care and health systems performance

    Health care secondary data sources, GIS, Data Science

  • Joel Aik

    Duke-NUS Medical School (Singapore)

    I am an environmental epidemiologist with a background in public health and environmental engineering. My present research focuses on assessing the influence of environmental exposures on the risk of adverse health outcomes in human populations, as well as the evaluation of interventions and programmes to inform public health policy and practice.      

    My research has focused on the effects of climate variability and air pollution on communicable and non-communicable health outcomes in human populations

  • John Fay

    Nicholas School of the Environment

    Environmental applications of geospatial analysis & data analytics: Conservation, resource management, environmental health, environmental accounting, ecosystem services, environmental justice   

    Organized and managed local, regional, and global datasets of physical, environmental, and demographic variables. Expert in geospatial and data analytical software and coding platforms (ArcGIS, R, Python, Git/GitHub). Experience working across and integrating ideas from multiple disciplines

  • John Ji

    Duke Kunshan University                          

    Greenspace and health, epidemiology

  • John Poulsen

    Nicholas School of the Environment              

    I work on forest community ecologist and conservation biology, and  primarily study how human disturbances modify the abundance and composition of vertebrate communities and the knock-on effects on forest composition and structure and ecosystem services.   

    Tropical forest carbon stocks and dynamics; citizen science (paraecology); effects of defaunation (loss of biodiversity) on ecological processes and human livelihoods; biodiversity modeling; movement ecology

  • John Strouse

    School of Medicine

    Environmental modifiers of disease severity in people with sickle cell disease

    linkage of administrative data on health care utilization to weather and air pollution data, direct measure of environmental exposures, epidemiology of sickle cell disease, respiratory viruses, and non-malarial acute febrile illness

  • Jon Fjeld

    University-wide Institute or Center

    Innovation and entrepreneurship

    Strategy and management in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship

    Entrepreneurship experience in healthcare-related ventures, affiliation with the Southern Environmental Law Center

  • Karin Reuter-Rice

    School of Nursing

    I am a tenured associate professor in the School of Nursing, School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and affiliate faculty in the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. I am both a clinical expert in child health and scientist. My research focus is in the area of trauma and brain injury. With a collaborative research team approach and federal, foundation and industry funding, I examine the relationship between biological processes, physiologic responses and health outcomes in children who are at risk for or who have experienced a brain injury. In my work I uses technology approaches, such genetic and genomics to further advance the science in pediatric brain injury. My work also straddles the community with a lens on prevention and a focus on reducing disparities in children who experience a concussion. My published research findings have been presented internationally and have led to new practice recommendations for children at risk for neurologic injury while hospitalized in the intensive care unit. I also serve as the chair of the North Carolina Governor’s Brain Injury Advisory Council’s Children and Youth Committee, where we develop health policies that support brain injury prevention and recovery.                    

    My expertise is in child heath, which is greatly impacted by climate events and ongoing climate challenges. There are many examples of adverse climate effects on child health from a macro and micro level. One example is epigenetic changes that have both life-long and generational consequences on health. Additionally, there are indirect effects of less obvious climate concerns that leave unintended downstream side effects in the health of children, families, and communities that would benefit by investigation and/or broader educational initiatives.

  • Karthik Raghunathan

    School of Medicine

    Health Effects of Wildfires 

  • Kate Hoffman

    Nicholas School of the Environment

    Environmental Health and Epidemiology

    Heat related illness, spatial epidemiology

  • Lawrence David

    School of Medicine                

    Nutrition and the gut microbiome   

    Nutrition, genomics, microbial ecology

  • Lee Ferguson         

    Pratt School of Engineering                

    Environmental analytical chemistry, fate of organic pollutants in the environment

    Chemistry, environmental health, analytical measurements

  • Lisa Satterwhite

    Pratt School of Engineering               

    Development of transcriptomic and epigenetic exposure models to predict risk for disease. Prospective cohort studies of rural agricultural communities. Community engaged research to build resilience in vulnerable people with race/ethnicity-based health disparities.

    Genomic/epigenetic data analysis and environmental exposure profiling of prospective cohorts. Field work in the coastal plain heavily impacted by climate change.

  • Marcus Ong

    Duke NUS Medical School             

    Health Services Research, Data Science, Emergency Medicine

  • Mark Borsuk 

    Pratt School of Engineering 

    decision theory, statistics, risk analysis, climate change, modeling, solar geoengineering

    decision theory, statistics, risk analysis, climate change, modeling, solar geoengineering 

  • Megan Reller

    School of Medicine                 

    Improved diagnosis of zoonotic and arboviral acute febrile illness; epidemiology and environmental predictors of acute febrile illness; temporal and geospatial distribution and predictors of acute febrile illness; diagnostic testing; clinical trials for COVID-19 infection; respiratory viruses in resource-poor environments

    extensive expertise in the design, conduct, and analysis of prospective epidemiologic, microbiologic, and clinical studies of zoonotic, arboviral, and respiratory acute febrile illness in Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Bangladesh, and Madagascar;  fluency in French and Spanish; relationship between rainfall and leptospirosis and arboviruses; epidemiology of acute febrile illness; improved detection of arboviral and zoonotic causes of acute febrile illness                                                     

  • Mercedes Bravo

    School of Medicine

    My research focuses on identifying and characterizing relationships between social and environmental exposures and disparities in health and developmental outcomes. I am particularly interested in advancing health equity through better characterization of disparities in exposures and disparities in health outcomes. Examples of my work include examining associations between air pollution, temperature, and health outcomes.

    Collaborative work examining temperature and health, as well as ambient air pollution and wildfire-related PM2.5 and health

  • Michael Bergin

    Pratt School of Engineering                

    My research focus involves the characterization and impact of air pollution on human and environmental health              

    Air Quality Characterization, Satellite Imagery and Data Analytics, Radiative Forcing, Low Cost Sensors

  • Nan Liu

    Duke-NUS Medical School     

    AI and its applications to healthcare

    Health data analysis, time series data, AI

  • Nathaniel Chaney

    Pratt School of Engineering

    Development of climate models and analysis of satellite remote sensing

    Climate modeling and remote sensing