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.


Christopher Heaney

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

cheaney1@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Occupational infectious disease
  • Waterborne disease
  • Climate change and health
  • Public health impacts of industrial food animal production systems
  • Local sustainable food systems
  • Environmental and health impacts of solid waste disposal practices
Keywords: Agriculture/food, Air pollution, Climate change, Environmental health, Epidemiology, Solid waste

Sharon Kingsland

Professor, History of Science & Technology, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

sharon@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • History of science emphasizing history of ecology and environmentalism in 20th century
Keywords: Agriculture/Food, Air Pollution, Cities/Built Environment, Ecology, Population Studies

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

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

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

Benjamin Zaitchik

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

zaitchik@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:

Hydrology and climate science with focus on water resource sustainability, climate-based analysis of disease risk, and renewable energy analysis.

Selected Publications

Zaitchik BF, K O’Meara, K Baja, MC McCormack, AA Scott and DW Waugh. (2016). "B’more Cool: Monitoring the Urban Heat Island at High Density for Health and Urban Design." Earthzine.

Zaitchik BF, B Simane, S Habib, MC Anderson, M Ozdogan, and JD Foltz. (2012). "Building Climate Resilience in the Blue Nile/Abay Highlands - A role for Earth System Sciences." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 9(2): 435-461.

E²SHI-Supported Projects

Building climate resilience in vulnerable regions

Modeling the effects of climate change on the global food system

Keywords: Agriculture/food, Climate change, Resource management, Water, Ecology

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