Education & Certifications

  • M.S., Stanford University, Civil and Environmental Engineering (2023)
  • B.S., Tufts University, Environmental Engineering, Community Health (2021)

All Publications

  • Detection of Hemagglutinin H5 Influenza A Virus Sequence in Municipal Wastewater Solids at Wastewater Treatment Plants with Increases in Influenza A in Spring, 2024 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LETTERS Wolfe, M. K., Duong, D., Shelden, B., Chan, E. G., Chan-Herur, V., Hilton, S., Paulos, A., Xu, X. S., Zulli, A., White, B. J., Boehm, A. B. 2024
  • Examining the Optimal Placement of Cooling Centers to Serve Populations at High Risk of Extreme Heat Exposure in 81 US Cities. Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974) Adams, Q. H., Chan, E. M., Spangler, K. R., Weinberger, K. R., Lane, K. J., Errett, N. A., Hess, J. J., Sun, Y., Wellenius, G. A., Nori-Sarma, A. 2023: 333549221148174


    OBJECTIVE: Although extreme heat can impact the health of anyone, certain groups are disproportionately affected. In urban settings, cooling centers are intended to reduce heat exposure by providing air-conditioned spaces to the public. We examined the characteristics of populations living near cooling centers and how well they serve areas with high social vulnerability.METHODS: We identified 1402 cooling centers in 81 US cities from publicly available sources and analyzed markers of urban heat and social vulnerability in relation to their locations. Within each city, we developed cooling center access areas, defined as the geographic area within a 0.5-mile walk from a center, and compared sociodemographic characteristics of populations living within versus outside the access areas. We analyzed results by city and geographic region to evaluate climate-relevant regional differences.RESULTS: Access to cooling centers differed among cities, ranging from 0.01% (Atlanta, Georgia) to 63.2% (Washington, DC) of the population living within an access area. On average, cooling centers were in areas that had higher levels of social vulnerability, as measured by the number of people living in urban heat islands, annual household income below poverty, racial and ethnic minority status, low educational attainment, and high unemployment rate. However, access areas were less inclusive of adult populations aged ≥65 years than among populations aged <65 years.CONCLUSION: Given the large percentage of individuals without access to cooling centers and the anticipated increase in frequency and severity of extreme heat events, the current distribution of centers in the urban areas that we examined may be insufficient to protect individuals from the adverse health effects of extreme heat, particularly in the absence of additional measures to reduce risk.

    View details for DOI 10.1177/00333549221148174

    View details for PubMedID 36726308

  • Identifying trends in SARS-CoV-2 RNA in wastewater to infer changing COVID-19 incidence: Effect of sampling frequency PLOS Water Chan, E. M., Kennedy, L. C., Wolfe, M. K., Boehm, A. B. 2023; 2 (4): e0000088
  • Human Colonization with Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria from Nonoccupational Exposure to Domesticated Animals in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Critical Review. Environmental science & technology Swarthout, J. M., Chan, E. M., Garcia, D., Nadimpalli, M. L., Pickering, A. J. 2022


    Data on community-acquired antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections are particularly sparse in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Limited surveillance and oversight of antibiotic use in food-producing animals, inadequate access to safe drinking water, and insufficient sanitation and hygiene infrastructure in LMICs could exacerbate the risk of zoonotic antibiotic resistance transmission. This critical review compiles evidence of zoonotic exchange of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (ARB) or antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) within households and backyard farms in LMICs, as well as assesses transmission mechanisms, risk factors, and environmental transmission pathways. Overall, substantial evidence exists for exchange of antibiotic resistance between domesticated animals and in-contact humans. Whole bacteria transmission and horizontal gene transfer between humans and animals were demonstrated within and between households and backyard farms. Further, we identified water, soil, and animal food products as environmental transmission pathways for exchange of ARB and ARGs between animals and humans, although directionality of transmission is poorly understood. Herein we propose study designs, methods, and topical considerations for priority incorporation into future One Health research to inform effective interventions and policies to disrupt zoonotic antibiotic resistance exchange in low-income communities.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/acs.est.2c01494

    View details for PubMedID 35947446

  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) RNA in Wastewater Settled Solids Reflects RSV Clinical Positivity Rates ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LETTERS Hughes, B., Duong, D., White, B. J., Wigginton, K. R., Chan, E. G., Wolfe, M. K., Boehm, A. B. 2022