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.

Learn more about the support E²SHI provides to Hopkins faculty, staff researcher or instructors.

Brian Schwartz

Professor, Dept of Environmental Health and Engineering
Co-director, Program on Global Sustainability & Health
Co-director, Environmental Health Institute
Bloomberg School of Public Health

bschwar1@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Built environment & health
  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Health effects of climate change and energy scarcity
  • Health effects of Marcellus shale production & abandoned coal mines
Keywords: Environmental health, Global environmental sustainability, Climate and health

Adam Sheingate

Professor, Department of Political Science, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

adam.sheingate@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Politics of food and agriculture
  • Health policy
Keywords: Agriculture/Food, Health Policy

Sauleh Siddiqui

Assistant Professor, Dept of Civil Engineering
Whiting School of Engineering

siddiqui@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Develop game theory and optimization models for global natural gas and environmental markets.
  • Examine decision making under uncertainty with energy and infrastructure applications.

E²SHI-Supported Projects

Making Baltimore bicycle friendly through a public health and systems engineering analysis

Keywords: Civil engineering, Systems engineering, Transportation, Energy markets

Genee Smith

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

genee@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Relationship between climate change and the severity or incidence of infectious diseases.
  • Association between air pollutant exposures and the incidence of active pulmonary tuberculosis in several populations in the US.
Keywords: Air pollution, Climate change, Environmental health, Epidemiology

Bill Swartz

Senior Research Scientist, Space Department, Applied Physics Laboratory

Research Areas:
  • Atmospheric science modeling/analysis, satellite observation, field measurement
  • Turning climate science into actionable information

Selected Publications

Swartz, WH, LP Dyrud, W Wiscombe, SR Lorentz, SJ Papadakis, DL Wu, RA Summers and VE Wells. (2013). "Measuring Earth’s Radiation Imbalance with RAVAN: A CubeSat Mission to Measure the Driver of Global Climate Change." EarthZine

Keywords: Climate Change, Computer Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Systems Engineering, Water

Katalin Szlavecz

Research Professor, Dept of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

szlavecz@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Soil ecology, including diversity of soil invertebrates, soil biogeochemical cycling and invasive species. 
  • Effects of humans on the soil ecosystem - past and present land use change, introduced species, urbanization, pollution, crop management practices.

E²SHI-Supported Projects

Response of the soil ecosystem to the changing climate: in situ observations in deciduous forests

Keywords: Ecology, Environmental sciences

Sara Thoi

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

sarathoi@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Porous materials and catalysis for environmental and energy applications.
  • Developing molecular solids such as metal organic frameworks for battery electrodes and electrolytes and using carbon nanofoams as scaffolds for photo- and electrocatalysis.
  • Developing earth-abundant molecular catalysts for small molecule activation in energy-relevant reactions.
Keywords: Chemical engineering, Energy storage

Susanna Thon

E²SHI Executive Committee member
Assistant Professor, Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Whiting School of Engineering

susanna.thon@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Nanomaterials engineering for optoelectronic devices with a focus on renewable energy conversion and storage.
  • Applying techniques from nanophotonics and scalable fabrication to produce devices and materials with novel optical and electrical functionality. 
  • Flexible photovoltaics, sustainably fabricating energy materials, and photocatalysis.

E²SHI-Supported Projects

Development and characterization of inexpensive, earth-abundant materials for efficient photocatalyzed synthesis.

Keywords: Renewable energy, Nanomaterials

Darryn Waugh

E²SHI Executive Committee member
Professor, Dept of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

waugh@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Large-scale atmosphere and oceanic flow and transport, with a focus on understanding global environmental issues such as stratospheric ozone depletion and climate change. 
  • Air quality/ urban heat and public health

Selected Publications

Waugh, DW, CI Garfinkel, LM Polvani (2015). "Drivers of the recent tropical expansion in the Southern Hemisphere: Changing SSTs or ozone depletion?Journal of Climate, 28: 6581-6588.

Waugh, DW. (2014). "Changes in the ventilation of the southern oceans." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 372: 20130269. 

Keywords: Climate change, Atmospheric chemistry, Water/Oceans

Megan Weil Latshaw

Co-Lead, Environmental Challenges Focus Area, Bloomberg American Health Initiative
Co-Director of Masters Programs, Dept of Environmental Health and Engineering
Bloomberg School of Public Health

Chair, American Public Health Association Environment Section

mlatshaw@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Building capacity for Masters programs and supporting graduate students.
  • Environmental health systems and surveillance
  • Public laboratories doing environmental analyses (i.e. measuring contaminants in air, water, soil, and people) with a focus on policy and practice.
Keywords: Environment and health, Public health practice/policy

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Now I truly believe that we in this generation must come to terms with nature, and I think we're challenged, as mankind has never been challenged before, to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature but of ourselves.
— Rachel Carson, Author, Silent Spring