Amanda Northcross, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
160 Rosenau Hall
CB #7431
135 Dauer Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Amanda L Northcross has more than ten years of experience assessing environmental exposures to understand their impacts on the health of communities. Dr. Northcross focuses her expertise on research that helps identify and reduce environmental inequities. Combing community-engaged research approaches with her background in atmospheric chemistry and exposure assessment she works to develop accessible tools, approaches and methods to assess exposures to air and waterborne contaminants.

Representative Courses

ENVR 89/135/335: Environment-ECUIPP Lab: 2020 Connecting with communities through environmental research for Public Health protection- Students join the Environment-ECUIPP Lab to research pressing environmental health issues with local communities. The ECUIPP Lab (Environmentally-Engaged Communities and Undergraduate students Investigating for Public health Protection) works with local communities that are concerned about the quality of their environment and its impact on their health.

SPHG 351 Foundations of Public Health

Research Activities

ECUIPP Lab Research
Developing low-cost, easy-to-use drinking and surface water test kits for community organizations and K-12 schools.
Developing and operating an ambient PM2.5 air quality monitoring network in Robeson County, NC.
Assessing environmental health impacts of the 2019 Brazilian oil spill on traditional fishing communities.

Key Publications

The crude oil spill on the Brazilian coast in 2019: the question of public health emergency. Pena, P.G.L., Northcross., A.L., Lima,M.A.G., Rego, RCF. (2020). Cad. Saúde Pública., 36(2).

Performance of a Low-Cost Sensor Community Air Monitoring Network in Imperial County, CA. . English, P.; Amato, H.; Bejarano, E.; Carvlin, G.; Lugo, H.; Jerrett, M.; King, G.; Madrigal, D.; Meltzer, D.; Northcross, A.; Olmedo, L.; Seto, E.; Torres, C.; Wilkie, A.; Wong, M.  (2020). Sensors, 20(3031).

Monitoring Neighborhood Concentrations of PM2.5 and Black Carbon: When Using Citywide Averages Underestimates Impacts in a Community with Environmental Justice Issues. Northcross A, Shizuka Hsieh, Sacoby Wilson, Ebony Roper, Russell R. Dickerson, Parisa Norouzi, and Vernon Morris. (2020). Environmental Justice.,  ( ), 27-35.


  • BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1999
  • MS, Environmental Engineering, Drexel University, 2003
  • PhD, Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2008