Curtis Noonan, University of Montana
Curtis W. Noonan, Ph.D., is Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Community and Public Health Sciences at the University of Montana.
His laboratory engages in population-based research to investigate inhalation exposures and respiratory health. Dr. Noonan is co-Principal Investigator for two NIEHS-funded multi-site randomized trials focused on improving health outcomes and reducing exposures among vulnerable populations exposed to elevated levels of particulate matter from burning of biomass fuels for residential heating.
He and collaborators have extended this work on particulate matter exposures and health to the occupational setting, including investigations of exposures and health outcomes among wildland firefighters. He also has worked with a multi-disciplinary team to better understand health effects among a population exposed to amphibole asbestos.
Amanda Wheeler, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, Hobart
Dr Amanda Wheeler is a researcher with over 15 years of expertise in the fields of human exposure to environmental contaminants and air pollution health effects.
She is currently a Research Fellow at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania. Her fellowship is partially funded by the CRE Centre for Air quality and health Research and evaluation (CAR). Her current research activities include development of a smartphone app to track respiratory symptoms and exposures to environmental triggers including smoke and pollens, developing exposure indices for the Hazelwood Mine Fire Health Study – Early Life Follow-up study (ELF), evaluating interventions to reduce exposures to wood smoke emissions in residential settings, and a feasibility study to evaluate the impacts of traffic emissions on child-care centre air quality.
Prior to this, Dr Wheeler was a Research Scientist with Health Canada where she was responsible for the design and implementation of 14 population and community- based research studies. These included personal exposures to air pollution from residential and ambient sources including wood smoke and traffic emissions, monitoring and modelling intra-urban variability of air pollutants, and the development and application of biomarkers to understand exposures of vulnerable populations including children and pregnant women.
Fay Johnston, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, Hobart
Fay Johnston is a public health physician and environmental epidemiologist from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, Hobart; and Public Health Services DHHS Tasmania.
Fay is recognized for her expertise in the health impacts of outdoor smoke from bush fires, prescribed burns, wood heaters and other solid fuels. She likes to work closely with government agencies and practitioners to develop and implement applied, policy relevant research.
Tony Ward, University of Montana
Tony Ward is an Associate Professor and Chair of the School of Public and Community Health Sciences at the University of Montana.
Research in his laboratory focuses on investigating indoor and ambient inhalational exposures (including emissions from wood stoves and smoke from forest fires) common to residents of rural and under-served areas of the northern Rocky Mountains, Alaska, and the desert southwestern United States. His lab group has recently started working with other researchers on investigating occupational wood smoke exposures impacting wild-land firefighters. He is also a faculty member within the University of Montana’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences, and is an adjunct faculty with the University of Montana’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Christopher Simpson, University of Washington
Christopher Simpson is a Professor of Exposure Sciences in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington where he directs the Industrial Hygiene training program.
Trained as an analytical and environmental chemist, Dr. Simpson’s research interests involve the application of analytical chemistry to the development of techniques for assessment of exposure to toxic chemicals, and the subsequent application of those techniques to investigate occupational and environmental exposures. Dr. Simpson’s research team develop sampling and analysis methods for environmental samples, to provide accurate measures of external exposure, and also develops novel approaches to measure xenobiotics and their metabolites or transformation products in biological samples (exposure bio markers).
Dr. Simpson has been involved in a number of projects investigating wood smoke exposures in occupational, rural and urban settings.
Erik Saganić, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Erik Saganić has worked as a scientist and forecaster for the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency for over 10 years. He has a B.S. in Chemistry from Brown University and a M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Washington. Erik has 16 years of environmental experience from the private and public sector studying air, water, and sediment. His expertise is in air quality planning, forecasting, and analysis.
Erik also develops methods to measure the equity of air pollution in the Puget Sound region by looking at overlaps of air pollution, locations of populations with sensitive health, and populations that have faced economic or historic barriers to participation in clean air decisions and solutions. He is currently working on complex models that help us better understand our air pollution from cars, trucks, and wood smoke.
He is also the son of the Elvis of a tiny Croatian island.
Mikko Savolahti, Finnish Environment Institute
M.Sc.(Tech.) Mikko Savolahti works as a researcher in Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE).
His field of study concentrates on integrated assessment of air pollution emissions from the point of view of both human health and climate change impacts. One major theme of his research is to evaluate particle emissions from biomass combustion, as well as their environmental impacts and reduction potentials. The work includes integrated assessment modelling and medium-term scenario analysis based on energy strategies and policy actions.
Sarah B. Henderson, University of British Columbia and BCCDC
Dr. Sarah Henderson is the Senior Environmental Health Scientist at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and an Assistant Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. She received her BASc (2000) in environmental engineering from UBC, her PhD (2009) in environmental epidemiology from UBC, and she did her post-doctoral training (2010) at the Menzies Institute in Hobart, Tasmania.
Her mandate at the BCCDC is to conduct applied environmental health research to support good policy in a wide range of content areas, including extreme temperatures, industrial emissions, radon gas, water quality, and air pollution from multiple sources. She specializes in addressing these questions by developing novel methods that combine multiple sources of environmental data with administrative health data to conduct population-based epidemiological research and public health surveillance.
Dr. Henderson has been studying biomass smoke exposure and its health impacts for more than a decade, and she spends an inordinate amount of time thinking of ways to do it ever better. She currently has 47 peer-reviewed publications, nine graduate students, four staff, three dogs, two cats, and a sunny little house on the rural outskirts of Vancouver.
Peter Molnar, University of Gothenburg
Air quality scientist who holds a PhD in occupational and environmental Medicine.
With a background in Physics and Environmental Science Peter divide his time between working as an Environmental Physicist at the Sahlgrenska University hospital and as a researcher at University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Main research interests are particulate air quality in urban areas, source apportionment, elemental composition, exposure to the general population, including spatial and temporal trends in the exposure. Emissions and exposure from biomass burning and other major sources.
Peter has been involved in several research programs related to wood smoke and biomass burning, both controlled chamber exposure studies on health effects as well as projects in where ambient, indoor and personal exposure to wood smoke in the general population was the focus.
Currently Peter is involved in a Swedish EPA funded national research program, SCAC (Swedish Clean Air & Climate Research Program), where he is working with exposure assessment of modeled PM10, PM2.5 and Black carbon (BC) using GIS techniques (Geographical Information System).
Dr Ryan Allen, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Ryan Allen is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Allen received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Denison University, and a master’s in environmental engineering and PhD in environmental health, both from the University of Washington.
His research interests are in the area of air pollution exposure assessment and epidemiology, with particular interests in the early-life and cardiovascular effects of air pollution, interventions to reduce exposure to and health effects from air pollution, and air pollution in low- and middle-income countries.
Jane E. Clougherty, Drexel University
Jane E. Clougherty, MSc ScD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. She served as faculty at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health from 2010-2016. Dr. Clougherty completed her doctorate and post-doctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health, and worked at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 2008-2010.
An interdisciplinary Environmental Health Scientist, Dr. Clougherty’s research focuses on the combined health effects of chronic social stressors and air pollution exposures, particularly in urban community settings. She has designed and implemented a number of studies on intra-urban variation in air pollution exposures and source apportionment, including an assessment of diesel-related organic pollution exposures in downtown Pittsburgh. She is Principal Investigator on several epidemiological studies funded by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Health Effects Institute (HEI) –including a current NIH-funded study using geographic information systems (GIS)-based methods to examine how social and environmental exposures may alter the efficacy of pharmaceutical interventions for asthma in clinical trials.
Dr. Clougherty is a board member of the International Society for Exposure Science (ISES), and a member of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE). She was awarded the ISES Sally Liu Award for an Outstanding New Investigator in 2012.
Gary Fuller, Kings College London
Having led the development of the London Air Quality Network to become the largest urban network in Europe, Gary has pursued network data analysis techniques to characterize sources, trends and changes in urban air pollution. Much of this research is focused on the source apportionment of PM10 concentrations including the local impacts of from sources that are not currently represented well in emissions inventories including volcanoes, waste management facilities, construction and solid fuel burning. His solid fuel projects have looked the impacts of home wood heating on air pollution in UK cites and in Paris along with the impacts from wood, coal and peat burning in small towns in Ireland.
As part of the UK’s Center of Environment and Health he works with toxicologists, clinicians and epidemiologists promoting the best use of air pollution measurements in health studies.
Informing the public about air pollution is an important part of Gary’s work. He was instrumental in obtaining sponsorship and developing of the London Air website – www.londonair.org.uk. This is the main portal for air pollution measurements in London and receives around 140,000 unique visitors annually. He also led the development of the Air Alert schemes in southeast England www.airalert.info and the development of smart phone applications to provide air quality information to Londoners.
Gary also writes monthly columns on air pollution for the weather pages of The Guardian newspaper www.theguardian.com/profile/gary-fuller
Gary has just been appointed as a member of the UK government’s Air Quality Expect Group.
Dr Ian Longley, NIWA
Programme leader for Impacts of Air Pollutants research programme for New Zealand. He has a degree in Engineering and a PhD in Atmospheric Physics, both from the University of Manchester. He joined NIWA in 2007.
Ian’s research mission is to apply the latest scientific understanding to the practical management of air quality, whilst expanding our understanding of the relationships between emissions and health. His principle expertise lies in observationally-based studies of the impacts of exposure to road traffic emissions, however the programme he leads spans research into domestic heating, urban meteorology, atmospheric composition, indoor air, urban planning, environmental information and citizen participation.
Ian regularly acts as a consultant to Auckland Council, the Ministry for the Environment, the New Zealand Transport Agency and the infrastructure industry, and is currently advising the New South Wales Government regarding road tunnels. Ian has published over 50 scientific papers and reports and given presentations at conferences and meetings around the world.
Dr Guy Coulson, NIWA
Group Manager of NIWA Auckland’s Urban Air Quality and Health research group a position he has held since 2005.
Guy has over twenty five years’ experience in environmental management, research and consulting including fifteen years as an active researcher in atmospheric chemistry and air quality, and six years in a commercial environment as an environmental and technology management consultant. Guy has considerable experience managing air quality projects, both research and commercial. Guy was the manager of the $9 million FRST funded Healthy Urban Atmospheres research programme from 2008 to 2012 and before that the $4.5 million Protecting New Zealand’s Clean Air programme. He is currently a Principle Investigator on the $9 million MBIE funded Resilient Urban Futures programme.
In New Zealand, Guy has led numerous air quality management and monitoring projects including AEEs of the Manukau Harbour Crossing and Waterview Connection, the first edition of A Draft Transit Standard to Producing an Air Quality Assessment for Road Building Projects, and many monitoring campaigns.
Guy has a PhD in atmospheric chemistry from the University of Essex, an MSc in environmental assessment from Anglia Ruskin University and a BSc in chemistry from the University of Bradford. He has previously worked as a researcher at the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Essex and as a consultant at Arthur D. Little and Cambridge Consultants. He is currently a member of steering committee and visiting scientist for EU (Marie Curie) funded Human EXposure to Aerosol Contaminants in Modern Microenvironments (HEXACOMM) programme.
Mr Gustavo Olivares, NIWA
Chemical engineer (MSc) with more than 15 years of experience in air quality research in Chile, Sweden and New Zealand. During the last 8 years, as part of the Urban Air Quality and Health group in NIWA, Gustavo has been a key researcher in NIWA’s FRST and MBIE funded air quality research programmes.
Gustavo has worked specifically on issues related to spatial representativeness of air quality monitoring sites, source apportionment from traditional air quality time series information and the incorporation of air quality indicators into long term urban planning tools. More generally, his capabilities include:
- Dispersion modelling and its use as a monitoring network design tool.
- Data analysis development for Air quality aimed to maximize the value of information obtained by single purpose monitoring sites.
- Instrument development to characterize urban air quality.
- Urban planning tool development incorporating land use, transport, energy and air quality indicators.
Dr Elizabeth Somervell, NIWA
Air quality scientist who holds a PhD in urban air quality modelling from the University of Hertfordshire and an MSc in Environmental Diagnosis from Imperial College, London. She has specialist skills in meteorological and air quality modelling, with experience of regional scale (UM, CMAQ) and local scale (CalPuff, Calmet, AusPlume) models.
Since joining NIWA three years ago, Elizabeth has been involved in a range of air quality projects, including the Roadside Project, Auckland CBD’s PENAP campaign and Resilient Urban Futures. She has worked with a wide range of stakeholders including Councils (Auckland, Greater Wellington, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Nelson, Marlborough, Southland and Otago), government agencies (NZTA) and academic institutions (University of Auckland, Canterbury, Otago and Massey). She has led monitoring campaigns in the Marlborough District, produced guidelines for permissible activity limits for industrial boilers, advised on the impacts of rural burning and been heavily involved in NIWA’s vehicle emissions and woodburner emissions research.
Elizabeth sits on the New Zealand branch committee of CASANZ (the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand) and is on the editorial team of the CASANZ journal, Air Quality and Climate Change.