ENVS Faculty Highlights - Fall 2016

We are so pleased to offer some highlights about our faculty from the last few months. With such diverse areas of expertise, it is inspiring to see the broad influence of ENVS faculty in the field of environmental science. We look forward to updating this information a few times a year and deepening our appreciation of the important work of our faculty.


We heard the great news about Dr. Gonzalo Vazquez Prokopec’s three large awards, from CDC and USAID (more about that here). He was also elected Chair of the American Committee of Medical Entomology. One of his lab members, undergrad Will Koval, is presenting his Honors Thesis Research at the upcoming Annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

This semester, Dr. Thomas Gillespie welcomed a couple of new people to his lab; Dr. Ria Ghai has started a two-year post-doc funded through the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).  You can learn more about Ria and her work here. Costa Rican Fulbright Fellow Amanda Vicente Santos, also joined his group this fall as a PhD student in the PBEE program.

In October, Dr. Murray Rudd participated in the conference Creating Places for Good, a meeting on environmental Buddhism, in Doncaster, UK. On December 4-5, he will be attending a workshop for Future Earth’s Oceans Knowledge-Action Network. The meeting, in Kiel Germany, will refine transdisciplinary research priorities for international research on ocean sustainability. And on December 7-10, Aspen Ono, a sophomore in our undergraduate program, and dr. Rudd, will attend the 2016 Conference on Earth System Governance in Nairobi. Aspen will be presenting a paper that started as a group term paper in his 385 science-policy interface seminar in the spring semester. For Dr. Rudd’s most recent publications see https://murrayrudd.wordpress.com/publications/.

Dr. Eri Saikawa spent most of her summer doing field work in Tibet, thanks to Emory Global Health Institute awarding $50,000 (July 1, 2015 – December 31, 2016) for her project “Quantifying the Relationship Between Air Pollution Exposure and Childhood  Diseases in China”. She also received a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), ( $131,729, July 13, 2016 – June 12, 2019) for the project “Use of Soil-Moisture Retrievals to Refine Global Land Trace Gases Emissions and their Climate Feedbacks”. Her most recent publications are here https://esaikawa.wordpress.com/publications/.

The Brosi lab started a new project on pollination networks and their quantitative structure this summer at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado. They welcomed three new graduate students - Connor Morozumi, Xingwen Loy, and Donna McDermott - to the lab in August. They also published a paper with collaborator Fernanda Valdovinos in Ecology Letters in September that integrated modeling and empirical data on pollination networks, and have four other articles in press and six other articles in review. Dr. Berry Brosi received a Winship Distinguished Professorship in Natural Sciences and Mathematics for three years, 2016-2019.

Dr. Shaunna Donaher, http://shaunnadonaher.weebly.com/, joined the Emory Climate Analysis and Solutions Team (ECAST) and is a member of the Faculty Advisory Board (along with Dr. Eri Saikawa, Dr. Murray Rudd, and Dr. Daniel Rochberg). More information about ECAST is available here.

This semester, Dr. Uriel Kitron is hosting two Brazilian PhD students, Mariana Kikuti and Igor Paploski, from his collaborating research group in Salvador, Brazil. Dr. Kitron participated in the Global Health Institute 10th year anniversary panel on the topic of: “Global Health Threats: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You”, and his Zika research was featured as a cover article in the Fall Rollins School of Public Health magazine.

And finally, it is a pleasure to share the watercolor artwork of Professor Hickcox which is featured at the top of this page. Enjoy!