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.

Climate Change

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

Naveeda Khan

E²SHI Executive Committee member
Associate Professor, Dept of Anthropology
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

nkhan5@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:

River-based community living on sand bars within the River Jamuna in Bangladesh, with a specific focus on how the dynamic environment informs social structures and everyday life. Understand what comprises climate change and adaptation to it in these parts.

Selected Publications

Khan, N. (2011). "Eddes in India: Town Planning, Plant Sentience, and Cooperative Evolution." Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 29(5), pp. 840-856.

E²SHI-Supported Projects

Understanding the role and influence of civil society groups in global climate agreements.

Keywords: Agriculture/Food, Behavior change, Climate change, Ecology, Rural development/economies, Water

Alexios Monopolis

Lecturer, Global Environmental Change & Sustainability Program, Dept of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

alexios@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Uses an array of qualitative and quantitative methodologies to examine the correlation between environmental sustainability and positive psychology (a.k.a. the “science of happiness”) to foster a mental-health based frame in support of sustainable lifestyles and ecologically responsible behaviors.
  • Among other areas, teaching focuses on environmental ethics, designing sustainable wellness, and climate change adaptation.
Keywords: Environmental psychology, Sustainability and well-being, Environmental photography

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

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

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

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

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

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