Category Archives: Environmental Health
Li, H-X, Ma, L-S, Lin, L, Ni, Z-X, Xu, X-R, Shi, H-H, Yan, Y, Zheng, G-M, and Rittschof, D. “Microplastics in oysters Saccostrea cucullata along the Pearl River Estuary, China. (Accepted)” Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987) 236 (May 2018): 619-625.
Dr. Junfeng (Jim) Zhang joined the Duke Faculty in fall 2013 from the University of Southern California where he had been a professor of environmental and global health and the director of Environmental and Biomarkers Analysis Laboratory since 2010. His prior positions include professor, department chair, and associate dean at the Rutgers School of Public Health. Dr. Zhang has more than 140 peer-reviewed publications. His work has been featured in major international media such as the Time, the New York Times, BBC, ABC, CBS, Yahoo News, etc. His early work on characterizing sources of non-methane greenhouse gases made him one of the officially recognized contributor to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to IPCC. He is the 2012 recipient of the Jeremy Wesolowski Award, the highest award of the International Society of Exposure Science. He also received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Rutgers Graduate School.
Dr. Zhang’s research interests include developing novel biomarkers of human exposure and health effects, assessing health and climate co-benefits of air pollution interventions, and examining biological mechanisms by which environmental exposures exert adverse health effects. Dr. Zhang has led a number of international collaborations to study air pollution health effects and underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms. He is currently leading two multidisciplinary, multi-institutional centers studying the health impact of engineered nanomaterials.
Coal ash ponds are contaminating groundwater across the country, but the consequences are unclear.
Avner Vengosh‘s research aims to link environmental geochemistry and isotope hydrology in order to trace the sources and mechanisms of water contamination and relationships with human health. Current research includes global changes of the chemical and isotopic compositions of water resources due to human intervention and contamination, salinization of water resources in the Middle East and Northern Africa, naturally occurring contaminants (arsenic, fluoride, boron) and radioactivity in water resources, the impact of coal combustion residues on the environment, and the impact of gas drilling and hydro-fracking on the quality of shallow groundwater.
Bello, A, Carignan, CC, Xue, Y, Stapleton, HM, and Bello, D. “Exposure to organophosphate flame retardants in spray polyurethane foam applicators: Role of dermal exposure.” Environment international 113 (April 2018): 55-65.
Vinson, DS, Lundy, JR, Dwyer, GS, and Vengosh, A. “Radium isotope response to aquifer storage and recovery in a sandstone aquifer (Accepted).” Applied Geochemistry 91 (April 1, 2018): 54-63.