Elizabeth Christenson

M.S. program, Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Advisor: Professor Marc Serre

Elizabeth Christenson is an AAUW (American Association of University Women) fellow whose master’s research is improving access to industrial hog farm data among an interdisciplinary team of government officials, environmental modelers, microbiologists, and epidemiologists. She is mapping sprayfields to analyze demographic patterns and potential health and environmental impacts of sprayfields in North Carolina using spatial statistics and other modeling techniques. Her published research with The Water Institute includes the development of an urban-rural dataset to identify differences in water quality and also to identify global exposure to climate-related hazards. This work is being expanded into a global vulnerability assessment of water source types to climate hazards as well as a national exposure assessment of climate hazards in United States counties. Current work includes developing these projects as well as spatial analyses of WASH-related projects. Elizabeth’s goals are to work in whatever role necessary to work well with people, communicate scientific findings effectively through maps, and identify disparities to more effectively care for people and the environment through improved monitoring.

Recent Publications:

  • Bain, Rob, Jim Wright, Elizabeth Christenson, and Jamie Bartram. 2014. “Rural:urban Inequalities in post 2015 targets and indicators for drinking-water.” Science of the Total Environment 490: 509–513. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.05.007.
  • Christenson, Elizabeth, Robert Bain, Jim Wright, Stephen Aondoakaa, Rifat Hossain, and Jamie Bartram. 2014. “Examining the influence of urban definition when assessing relative safety of drinking-water in Nigeria.” The Science of the Total Environment 490 (August 15): 301–312. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.05.010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24858228.
  • Christenson, Elizabeth, Mark Elliott, Ovik Banerjee, Laura Hamrick, and Jamie Bartram. 2014. “Climate-Related Hazards: A Method for Global Assessment of Urban and Rural Population Exposure to Cyclone, Drought, and Flood.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 11 (2): 2169–2192. doi:10.3390/ijerph110202169.

Research Interests:

  • GIS
  • spatial analysis
  • water modeling
  • urban/rural disparities
  • environmental health
Christenson, Elizabeth