Climate Change

Facing wildfire smoke amid COVID-19
Blog entry | July 20, 2020
When Jake asked me to go on a sunset hike, I knew what was coming. We were in our favorite place: the Methow Valley of Eastern Washington. When we crested the top of the mountain, a few sunrays peeked through the clouds, lighting up the fertile valley below. Still, when he got down on one knee, I was surprised, and overcome with happiness. Life seemed full of promise.
Master of disaster
Blog entry | June 17, 2020
Given the extraordinary challenges of this year’s pandemic, the students of the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) needed a superhero. Watch a student video honoring Nicole Errett
Landing her dream job
Blog entry | June 08, 2020
Kaitlyn Kelly MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health Hometown Carmel, CA Future plans Continue her work as a policy specialist for the Washington State Department of Health.
Finding beauty in the details
Blog entry | May 20, 2020
Alexa Yadama BS, Environmental Health Hometown Pullman, WA Future plans A career in environmental or public health, and eventually a master’s in public health. “ I really appreciate mixing public health with my science background and helping people with the knowledge I have.”
Heat risk for farmworkers
Blog entry | April 28, 2020
Read the news release Workers who pick our fruits and vegetables already face harsh conditions in fields during summer harvest months. Those conditions will worsen significantly over the coming decades.
From Washington to Kyrgyzstan
Blog entry | March 11, 2020
How did Esther Min, a graduate student in the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), end up at a six-hour-long dinner in Kyrgyzstan?
DEOHS faculty win global innovation awards
Blog entry | January 31, 2020
University of Washington students and faculty will tackle pressing health concerns on three continents with the support of awards from the UW Global Innovation Fund to five DEOHS faculty members.
Responding now to climate change
Blog entry | January 21, 2020
Many state and local health agencies recognize the threat of climate change but need more resources and clearer, more flexible guidance to reduce its impact on public health, according to a new study from the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS).
Preparing for the next pandemic
Blog entry | January 17, 2020
Read more about the School of Public Health’s role with the Population Health Initiative in the new UW Public Health magazine.
The lifelong health impacts of business as usual
Blog entry | November 14, 2019
Babies born today will face unprecedented health risks and life-long health consequences from rising temperatures, according to new research published Wednesday from The Lancet.
Pollution, climate change and the Global Burden of Disease
Blog entry | October 28, 2019
  Recent estimates in the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study show that the combination of air pollution, poor water sanitation and exposure to lead and radon is responsible for 9 million premature deaths each year.
On the ground in disaster's wake
Blog entry | September 26, 2019
  From flood-damaged Houston to fire-ravaged Paradise, CA, Nicole Errett’s research takes her into the heart of communities trying to recover after catastrophe strikes.
Tribes prepare for climate change
Blog entry | August 15, 2019
DEOHS Associate Professor Jeremy Hess Researchers from the University of Washington are teaming up with the Swinomish Tribe to evaluate strategies the Swinomish are using to adapt to climate change.
Making breathing room
Blog entry | July 29, 2019
  As wildfires spread across the Pacific Northwest last summer, the Seattle area briefly earned the dubious honor of being one of the most polluted cities on earth.
Award-winning students
Blog entry | July 18, 2019
Two 2019 graduates of the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) won awards this month at a student research competition held by the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs.
Mapping environmental inequality
Blog entry | July 15, 2019
Washington is on the road to 100 percent clean energy with the passage of a new law championed by Gov. Jay Inslee that sets targets for achieving zero-carbon electricity by 2045.
Natural climate solutions
Blog entry | July 01, 2019
Trees are one of our best allies in combating climate change, capturing greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and preventing them from accumulating in the atmosphere.
Climate challenge accepted
Blog entry | June 18, 2019
  Can you solve this medical mystery? A New York woman returned home from a Florida vacation with a fever, headache and chills. Despite treatment, her condition worsened, and she eventually developed severe joint pain and a rash across her body.
Omenn award winner
Blog entry | May 20, 2019
Annie Doubleday MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health Hometown Shoreline, WA Future plans Working on air pollution and climate change issues at the state or local level. “The remarkable support I received from DEOHS faculty, staff and students made all the difference in my experience at the UW.”
Fighting dengue with data
Blog entry | May 14, 2019
Kholood Altassan PhD, Environmental and Occupational Hygiene Hometown Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Future plans Assistant professor at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. “If I was going to spend this much time on a research project, I wanted to dedicate it to an area that doesn’t get as much attention.”
Relocating for climate change
Blog entry | March 19, 2019
Sea-level rise associated with climate change is already displacing some small indigenous communities, and many others are at risk around the world.
US health threatened by climate change
Blog entry | November 29, 2018
US health care systems should extend their commitment to “do no harm” by ensuring that their own operations are powered by renewable energy, according to a new brief on climate change and health in the United States.
Building back better
Blog entry | November 14, 2018
Building back better DEOHS researcher Nicole Errett discusses how communities can build back better after a disaster at a free public lecture on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 12:30 pm in room T-435 of the Magnuson Health Sciences Building at the UW.
A splash of color in a smoke-choked summer
Blog entry | August 30, 2018
The Pacific Northwest’s “new normal” is starting to feel like old normal in Washington’s Methow Valley. This is the fifth summer in a row that wildfire season has hit the Methow Valley especially hard, causing hazardous smoke conditions that persist for weeks and leaving residents feeling trapped and isolated.
Supporting tomorrow’s environmental health leaders
Blog entry | July 10, 2018
Dr. Russ Castner is helping to improve human health—one graduate student at a time. The retired Shoreline dentist never got the chance to use the environmental health degree he earned as one of the first graduates of the UW School of Public Health.
On the front lines of climate change
Blog entry | May 31, 2018
Miriam Calkins PhD, Environmental and Occupational Hygiene Hometown Harvard, Massachusetts Future plans Associate Service Fellow, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Karen Levy
Faculty Member | May 12, 2020
My group carries out research on the ecology and epidemiology of enteric (food and waterborne) diseases. We use environmental microbiology and environmental epidemiology methods to study water quality, food safety, and the impact of climate and land use change on the transmission of diarrheal diseases.
Sarah M. Collier
Faculty Member | April 09, 2020
Dr. Sarah Collier is an Assistant Professor in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and core faculty in food systems, nutrition, and health within the Nutritional Sciences Program.
Heidi Roop
Faculty Member | January 17, 2020
Heidi is a climate scientist with a passion for science and communication. She is currently Lead Scientist for Science Communication with the UW Climate Impacts Group and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences.
Cory Morin
Faculty Member | January 17, 2020
Cory Morin has recently joined the Department of Global Health as an acting assistant professor in the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE). He received his PhD from the University of Arizona in Geography (minor in Entomology and Insect Science) with a concentration on climate and environmental influences on the ecology of vectors and vector-borne diseases.