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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Grace Brush

Professor, Dept of Environmental Health and Engineering
Whiting School of Engineering

gbrush@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:

Response of the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem to climatic and human disturbance using the fossil record of organisms and substances preserved in sediments. Biological and physical processes controlling species distributions. Atmospheric-biologic interactions in pollen dispersal.

Selected Publications

Pickett, S.T., Brush, G.S., Felson, A.J., McGrath, B., Grove, J.M., Nilon, C.H., Szlavecz, K., Swan, C.S., Warren, P.S. (2012). "Understanding and Working with Urban Biodiversity: The Baltimore Ecosystem Study." CityGreen, 4, pp. 68-77.

Keywords: Paleoecology, Aquatic ecosystem, Environmental sciences

Jocelyne DiRuggiero

Associate Research Professor, Department of Biology, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

jdiruggiero@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:

Metagenomic approaches to understand the ecology of microorganisms in extreme environments on Earth, particularly those with extremely high salt concentrations and hyper-arid conditions. Physiological responses of extremophiles to environmental stresses using model systems.

Selected Publications

Crits-Christoph, A., Robinson, C.K., Barnum, T., Fricke, W.F., Davila, A.F., Jedynak, B., . . . DiRuggiero, J. (2013). “Colonization patterns of soil microbial communities in the Atacama Desert.” Microbiome, 1(28), pp. 1-13.

Robinson, C.K., Wierzchos, J., Black, C., Crits-Christoph, A., Ma, B., Ravel, J., . . . DiRuggiero, J. (2014). “Microbial diversity and the presence of algae in halite endolithic communities are correlated to atmospheric moisture in the hyper-arid zone of the Atacama Desert.” Environmental Microbiology, 17(2), pp. 299-315.

Keywords: Environmental Sciences, Microbial ecology, Genomics

Paul Ferraro

E²SHI Executive Committee member
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Carey Business School and Whiting School of Engineering (Dept of Environmental Health and Engineering)

pferraro@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Behavioral economics in a broad set of environmental issues, including energy, water and ecosystems
  • Designing and evaluating environmental programs in the private and public sectors

Selected Publications

Ferraro, P.J., Hanauer, M.M, Miteva, D.A., Nelson, J.L., Pattanayak, S.K., Nolte, C., Sims, K.R. (2015). "Estimating the Impacts of Conservation on Ecosystem Services and Poverty by Integrating Modeling and Evaluation." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(24), pp. 7420-7425. 

Ferraro, P.J. and Hanauer, M.M. (2015). "Through What Mechanisms do Protected Areas affect Environmental and Social Outcomes?" Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B, 370(1681), 267.

Keywords: Behavior analysis/change, Ecology, Energy, Policy, Water

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

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

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

Scott Zeger

Professor and Vice Provost for Research , Dept of Biostatistics 
Bloomberg School of Public Health

sz@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Air pollution epidemiology
  • Quantifying the costs of smoking
  • Stratospheric ozone depletion time series analysis and signal processing

Selected Publications

Caffo, B., Peng, R., Dominici, F., Louis, T.A., Zeger, S. (2011). Parallel Bayesian MCMC Imputation for Multiple Distributed Lag Models: A Case Study in Environmental Epidemiology. In S. Brooks, A. Gelman, G.L. Jones, & X.L. Meng (Eds.), Handbook of Markov Chain Monte Carlo (pp. 493-511). Boca Raton: Chapman & Hall/CRC.

Keywords: Air Pollution, Bioinformatics, Climate Change, Ecology, Environmental Health, Environmental Sciences, Epidemiology, International Health, Population Studies, Statistics

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