Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Billy Gerhard in the ESE MSPH program and Shannon Steel find a green sea turtle while collecting geospatial data for a water quality study in the Galapagos Islands.
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering Chair Dr. Michael Aitken wrote an op-ed about the cost of gambling on climate change, published in the News and Observer on June 1. (photo: Flickr Creative Commons)
Rising senior Andrew Koo is exploring his interest in policy this summer in a Congressional internship with the Health Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee. “Applying to the BSPH program was one of the best choices I could have made during my time at Carolina,” says Koo.
Students Harshal Parikh, Jose Zavala and Ying-Hsuan Lin use the ESE air chamber to estimate photolysis rates for air pollution chemistry modeling.
Professor Greg Characklis wrote an op-ed, published in the News and Observer, about the importance of making wise water decisions in times of plenty and planning for times of drought. A low reservoir level is pictured.
Environmental Sciences student Katie Overbey, who is advised by Dr. Jill Stewart, was selected for UNC's 2014 Celebration of Undergraduate Research for her interdisciplinary study of water quality in the Galapagos Islands.
Doctoral candidate Alice Wang meets with the Msana family in Mwanza, Tanzania. Wang is giving a demonstration of the Compartment Bag Test, a low cost microbial water quality test developed at UNC.

Our department focuses on the interface between people and the environment. Uniquely situated in a school of public health, our interdisciplinary programs in air quality and atmospheric processes, human exposure and health effects, and sustainable water resources draw from faculty expertise in the physical and life sciences, engineering and policy. Our research strengths include:

  • Characterizing exposures to contaminants in air, water, soil and workplaces;
  • Developing engineering and policy solutions to environmental risks;
  • Molecular approaches to understanding diseases caused by toxic substances in the environment; and
  • Overcoming environmental health challenges in developing countries.
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Professor Gregory Characklis will lead a team that has been awarded a $2.2 million NSF-USDA grant to develop innovative strategies for sustainably meeting future water demands in the Southeastern United States. [More]

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