The common thread of my research activities focus on evaluating the link between human health and the environment. My most recent work has focused on evaluating Chemicals in the Environment that are of human health significance. 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). We have recently revisited the treated wood research by documenting the impacts of wood preservatives in recycled wood waste as of 2017. 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, have recently completed 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.