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Dr. Kabindra Shakya was highlighted in a 2020 article on Openfit titled "The Best Masks for Air Pollution and Wildfire Smoke"

Dr. Stephen Strader was highlighted in a 2020 article in Scientific American titled "Migrating Tornadoes Bring Heightened Danger to the Southeast"

Dr. Stephen Strader was highlighted in a 2020 article in The New York Independent titled "How Suburban Sprawl Has Fueled 90% of Tragic West Coast Wild Fires"

Dr. Robert Leggiadro was highlighted in a 2020 article in Business Insider titled "What is hantavirus? The disease that infected rats can pass to humans"

Dr. Stephen Strader was highlighted in a 2020 article in the Washington Post titled "Tornado Alley in the Plains is an outdated concept. The South is even more vulnerable, research shows"

Dr. Stephen Strader authored a 2019 article titled "How We Create Our Own Hurricane Catastrophes" in the New York Times

Dr. Robert Leggiadro was highlighted in a 2019 article in LiveScience titled "Smallpox: The World's First Eradicated Disease"

Dr. Kabindra Shakya was highlighted in a 2016 article in the New York Times titled "That Cloth Mask for Smoggy Days? A Paper One Works Better"

Shade, C., P. Kremer, J. S. Rockwell, and K. G. Henderson (2020). The effects of urban development and current green infrastructure policy on future climate change resilience. Ecology and Society 25(4):37.

Shakya, K.M., Rupakheti, M., Shahi, A., Maskey, R., Pradhan, B., Panday, A., Puppala, S.P., Lawrence, M., Peltier, R.E. (2017). Near-road sampling of PM2.5, BC, and fine-particle chemical components in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17: 6503-6516.

Shakya, K.M., Peltier, R.E., Shrestha, H., Byanju, R.M. (2017). Measurements of TSP, PM10, PM2.5, BC, and PM chemical composition from an urban residential location in Nepal. Atmospheric Pollution Research.

Haase, D., Kabisch, S., Haase, A., Andersson, E., Banzhaf, E., Baró, F., Brenck, M., Kremer P., Wolff, M. (2017). Greening cities – To be socially inclusive? About the alleged paradox of society and ecology in cities. Habitat International, 64, 3, 41-48.

Gittleman, M., Farmer, C. J. Q., Kremer, P., & McPhearson, T. (2016). Estimating stormwater runoff for community gardens in New York City. Urban Ecosystems, 5.

Hamstead Z., Kremer P., Larondelle N., McPhearson T., Hasse D. (2016). Classification of the heterogeneous structure of urban landscapes (STURLA) as an indicator of landscape function applied to surface temperature in New York City. Ecological Indicators. 70:574-585.

Fellowship AwardDr. Tory Chase was awarded the 2021 Science Communication Fellowship from the International Coral Reef Society.

Grant Award: The National Science Foundation funded the Plum Island Ecosystem Long Term Ecological Research (PIE-LTER) project, with Dr. Nat Weston as a principal investigator.  This is a large ($6.7 million) project with multiple investigators that work to understand impacts of land-use change and climate change on the Plum Island, MA ecosystem. Dr. Weston’s work is focused on understanding salt-marsh response to sea-level rise, which is driven largely by carbon cycling and sediment dynamics in the marsh-estuarine system.

Grant Award: Dr. Lisa Rodrigues has received $540,092.00 from the National Science Foundation, Division of Integrative Organismal Systems to assess the physiological and molecular implications of coral bleaching on coral reproduction.  This study is a collaborative award with Jacqueline Padilla-Gamino and Brook Nunn from the University of Washington ($1,055,010.00).  The three-year funded study will use isotopic tracers to assess carbon and nitrogen pathways in corals to better understand how changing climatic conditions affects coral physiology, ultimately coral reproduction. 

Grant Award:  Drs. Peleg Kremer and Kabin Shakya were awarded a summer grant from the Associate Vice Provost for Research to support their project titled, Spatial Variability of Air Pollution In Philadelphia during summer 2017The study aims to investigate the spatial distribution of particulate air pollution (PM2.5) and noise pollution in Philadelphia by using mobile monitoring.

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Suite G67, Mendel Science Center
Villanova University
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Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-3336
Fax: (610) 519-3338

Dr. Nathaniel B. Weston

Undergraduate Program Directors:
Dr. Steven Goldsmith (Environmental)
Dr. Stephen Strader (Geography)

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Keith Henderson


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