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The common thread of my research activities focus on evaluating the link between human health and the environment.  My specific efforts in Oceans and Human Health have focused on evaluating the interface between water and beach sands and risks associated with microbes and chemicals within this zone.  Prior to this my focus was on evaluating the links between health and Treated Wood, in particular wood treated with a preservative called chromated copper arsenate (CCA).  I have also worked on research focused on the Hydrology of the Everglades, the major source of drinking water to Miami-Dade County.

I am particularly interested in evaluating environments that attract children, such as beaches (which relates to my work in Oceans and Human Health) and playgrounds (which relates to my work with pressure treated wood).  Currently I, along with my colleague Dr. Alesia Ferguson, are working on a Special Issue for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  The Special Issue is entitled, “Children’s Exposure to Environmental Contaminants.”  We are accepting submissions for this special issue through January 31, 2016.

 

Dr. Tomoyuki Shibata collecting a wipe sample to simulate uptake of surface contaminants on hands during child play activities.

Dr. Tomoyuki Shibata collecting a wipe sample to simulate uptake of surface contaminants on hands during child play activities.

Mary (Durbin) Wright collecting sand samples from the intertidal zone for bacterial analyses.

Mary (Durbin) Wright collecting sand samples from the intertidal zone for bacterial analyses.

Celebration on the last day of the epidemiologic study focused on assessing the relationship between health and exposure to beach water during swimming activities.

Celebration on the last day of the epidemiologic study focused on assessing the relationship between health and exposure to beach water during swimming activities.

Dr. Tomoyuki Shibata after processing a urine sample from diaper insert after child play on treated wood playgrounds.

Dr. Tomoyuki Shibata after processing a urine sample from diaper insert after child play on treated wood playgrounds.

Caitlin Feikle at far right processing samples for mulch analysis coupled with an image of child play behavior in the vicinity of mulch.

Caitlin Feikle at far right processing samples for mulch analysis coupled with an image of child play behavior in the vicinity of mulch.

Wendy Stephan collecting hand rinse samples from child after play to evaluate amount of arsenic on child’s hand.

Wendy Stephan collecting hand rinse samples from child after play to evaluate amount of arsenic on child’s hand.