Meet the Experts

Find experts across Johns Hopkins involved in research and teaching related to environment, energy, sustainability and/or health. The following list is organized by the expert's last name. You can also search by area of expertise.

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Roni Neff

E²SHI Executive Committee member
Assistant Professor, Dept of Environmental Health and Engineering
Director of Research Program and Food System Sustainability & Public Health Program, Center for a Livable Future
Bloomberg School of Public Health

rneff1@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Policy and social science research on themes relevant to understanding and changing food systems, including promoting environmental sustainability and addressing disparities.
  • Food and ecological concerns, including climate change, peak oil, and soil.
  • Public health and agricultural policy, especially the Farm Bill.
  • Access to sustainably produced and healthy food.

Selected Publications

Laestadius, L., Neff, R.A., Barry, C.L, Frattaroli, S. (2013). "Meat Consumption and Climate Change: The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations." Climatic Change, 120(1), pp. 25-38.

Neff, R. (2014). Introduction to the US Food System: Public Health, Environment, and Equity. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Keywords: Food systems, Climate and health, Equity/justice, Behavior interventions, Policy

Jian Ni

Associate Professor
Carey Business School

jni@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Consumption of health insurance and health care service
  • Health insurance contract design
  • Energy pricing in the socially sustainable environment

Selected Publications

Liu, P., Ni, J., Shen, Q. (2014). "The Influence of Dynamic Pricing on Consumers' Electricity Saving Behaviors." Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE) in Los Angeles, CA. 

E²SHI-Supported Projects

Public health impacts of gasoline vapor releases from gas stations

Promoting Appropriate Waste-Disposal Practices in Low-Income Neighborhoods

Keywords: Behavior change, Corporate social responsibility, Energy efficiency, Health economics

Christopher Overcash

Instructor, Engineering for Professionals, Whiting School of Engineering
Vice President, Environmental Discipline, KCI Technologies Inc.

covercash@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Water and wastewater infrastructure sustainability, reliability and design
  • Infrastructure adaptation to climate change
  • Corporate environmental and social responsibility
  • Aeration of open water system to improve quality
  • Tidal pumping systems
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Atmospheric water generation system analysis
  • Marine and dredging projects and sustainable design
  • Analysis of environmental site contamination and remediation
Keywords: Infrastructure and Built Environment, Civil Engineering, Climate Change, Ecosystem/ Environmental Management, Environmental Policy, Resource Management, Transportation, Waste and Resource Use, Water

Anand Pandian

Associate Professor, Dept of Anthropology
Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

pandian@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Ecological horizons of human aspirations - the tensions between human and ecological spheres.
  • Cinema, media, and public culture, including the ecology of creative process. 

E²SHI-Supported Projects

Plastic materials and the plasticity of aspiration in contemporary America

Keywords: Ecological anthropology, Environmental humanities, Eco-philosophy

Cindy Parker

Assistant Scientist, Dept of Environmental Health and Engineering
Bloomberg School of Public Health

CindyParker@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Climate change policy initiatives for Maryland and nationally.
  • How global environmental issues, including climate change, are communicated in a way to motivate behavior change.
  • The interplay between peak oil and climate change.
  • Working with communities to solve local and global environmental problems and sustainable development issues.

Selected Publications

Barnett, D.J., Parker, C.L., Caine, V.A., McKee, M., Shirley, L.M., Links, J.M. (2011). "Petroleum Scarcity and Public Health: Considerations for Local Health Departments." American Journal of Public Health, 101(9), pp. 1580-1586.

Frumkin, H., Hess, J., Parker, C.L., Schwartz, B.S. (2011). "Peak Petroleum: Fuel for Public Health Debate.American Journal of Public Health, 101(9), pp. 1542.

Parker, C.L. (2011). "Slowing Global Warming: Benefits for Patients and the Planet." American Family Physician, 84(3), pp. 271-278.

Schwartz, B.S., Parker, C.L., Hess, J., Frumkin, H. (2011). "Public Health and Medicine in an Age of Energy Scarcity: The Case of Petroleum.American Journal of Public Health, 101(9), pp. 1560-1567.

Keywords: Behavior change, Climate change, Energy policy, Environmental education, Environmental health, Environmental policy

Larry Paxton

E²SHI Executive Committee member
Head, Geospace and Earth Science Group, Applied Physics Laboratory

President, Space Physics and Aeronomy, American Geophysical Union

larry.paxton@jhuapl.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Collaboration and assessment of climate disruption impact
Keywords: Climate change, Systems engineering, Modeling and simulations

Roger Peng

Professor, Dept of Biostatistics
Bloomberg School of Public Health

rdpeng@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Health effects of ambient and indoor air pollution.
  • Human health impacts of climate change.

Selected Publications

Anderson, G.B., Bell, M.L., Peng, R.D. (2013). “Methods to Calculate the Heat Index as an Exposure Metric in Environmental Health Research.” Environmental Health Perspectives, 121(10), pp. 1111-1119.

Bobb, J.F., Dominici, F., Peng, R.D. (2011). “A Bayesian model averaging approach for estimating the relative risk of mortality associated with heat waves in 105 U.S. cities.” Biometrics, 67(4), pp. 1605-1616.

Heaton, M.J., & Peng, R.D. (2012). “Flexible Distributed Lag Models Using Random Functions With Application to Estimating Mortality Displacement From Heat-Related Deaths.” Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics, 17(3), pp. 313-331.

E²SHI-Supported Projects

"Health effects of extreme heat on asthma."

Keywords: Air Pollution, Climate Change, Environmental Biostatistics

Luis Quintero

Assistant Professor, Carey School of Business

leq@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Analyzing urban growth and housing markets.
  • Measuring economic activity, the productivity and sustainability enhancing effects of urban infrastructure and different population density structures.
  • Neighborhood transitions and its effects on health and sustainability.
  • Housing affordability and how that affects location decisions, in which turn have urban sustainability and health impacts on households.
  • Sustainable public infrastructure.
Keywords: Urban sustainability, sustainable infrastructure, community development

Benjamin Schafer

Professor, Dept of Civil Engineering
Whiting School of Engineering

schafer@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Safety and sustainability of the built environment
Keywords: Buildings, Structural engineering, Urban sustainability

Erica Schoenberger

E²SHI Executive Committee member
Professor, Dept of Environmental Health and Engineering
Director, Minor for Engineering in Sustainability
Whiting School of Engineering
Department of Anthropology, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

ericas@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Connections between environment and society.
  • Corporate culture and strategy, auto industry, electronics industry, mining, and multinational corporations

Selected Publications

Schoenberger, E. (2010). "Why is Gold Valuable? Nature, Social Power and the Value of Things." Cultural Geographies, 18(1), pp. 3-24. 

Schoenberger, E. (2015). Nature, Choice and Social PowerNew York: Routledge.

Keywords: Corporate social responsibility, Environmental policy, Production/manufacturing, Urban sustainability

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Nearly all our present ecological problems arise from deep-seated social problems.
— Murray Bookchin