Environmental Sciences and Engineering

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.
Message from the Chair
"Our department is unique in the extent to which it combines the physical sciences, health sciences, engineering, and policy to address current and emerging environmental challenges in a single home." Read More >
Michael Aitken, PhD
Professor and Chair

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.
News Spotlight

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.
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