Healthy people, healthy planet
The Gillings School's Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering 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
- Using molecular approaches to understanding diseases caused by toxic substances in the environment
- Overcoming environmental health challenges in developing countries
Hemali Oza (BSPH 2018) is the recipient of the Hazen and Sawyer Award from the American Water Works Association. Hemali currently is continuing her studies as an graduate student.Learn More
2018 sees a record class of 31 students graduate with bachelor of science in public health degrees in environmental health sciences.
Dr. Michael Piehler, joint professor of marine sciences and environmental sciences and engineering, has been named director of the UNC Institute for the Environment.Learn More
Doctoral student Alex Gorzalski is the 2018 recipient of the Abel Wolman Fellowship, which is awarded by the American Water Works Association.Learn More
Hannah Smith, an undergraduate student (pictured with department chair Dr. Barbara Turpin), is the first winner of the new departmental BSPH Distinguished Scholar Award.
Dr. Yue Zhang, a National Science Foundation postdoctoral scholar, was one of two recipients of a 2018 Travel Award for Young Investigators from the journal Atmosphere.Learn More
Doctoral students Sarah Rhodes and David Gorelick are both recipients of 2018 Graduate School Impact Awards.Learn More
Our associate professor Dr. Jason Surratt (at left) received a Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award from the Gillings School.Learn More
Ryan Cronk, a postdoctoral scholar at UNC's Water Institute, and Dr. Jamie Bartram, professor and Water Institute director, co-authored a study that, for the first time, produced estimates of the environmental conditions in health care facilities in low- and middle-income countries around the world.Learn More
Associate professor Dr. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson is part of a Gillings School and RTI International partnership to offer free water and child blood lead tests for up to 300 North Carolina households that use private wells for drinking water.Learn More
Department professor Dr. Howard Weinberg (at left) is our department's 2017-2018 winner of the student-nominated Newton Underwood Award for teaching excellence.
Our professor Dr. Hans Paerl has been named to Clarivate Analytics' "2017 Highly Cited Researchers List," which recognizes researchers from around the world whose publications were among the top one percent most referenced from their field.Learn More
Zhenyu Tian, a recent doctoral graduate, has been selected by the American Chemical Society's Division of Environmental Chemistry as the winner of a 2018 Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry.
Dr. Joseph Pinto, adjunct professor, is a co-author of an international Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report that presents analyses of ozone levels around the world.Learn More
Students Allison Eames and Sarah Zelasky, shown here with their advisor Dr. Jason Surrat, excelled in the National Science Foundation-funded Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program.Learn More
Dr. Greg Characklis and his team received a $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant to study flood and drought conditions in Oregon.Learn More
Frank Stillo is one of three "Students Who Rocked Public Health in 2017."Learn More
Dr. Jill Stewart is a co-investigator on a National Institutes of Health grant to investigate the human health costs of economic development on the Galapagos Islands.Learn More
Dr. Barbara Turpin, professor and department chair, received the 2017 American Chemical Society Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Sciences and Technology. She is pictured here with her lab group and collaborators.Learn More