Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. Elizabeth Christenson-Diver

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Elizabeth Christenson-Diver has been affiliated with the Water Institute since 2012 and now works as a postdoctoral research associate. Elizabeth has a MS and PhD in environmental science grounded in public health and brings an understanding of community-based participatory research. Elizabeth incorporates interdisciplinary data using tools from GIS, applied microbiology, and hydrology to design and implement research. Her work has focused on global WaSH security and resilience, disparate access to WaSH, and microbial water quality. Elizabeth’s PhD used epidemiological principles to understand the effects of commercial hog operations on microbial surface water quality.

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Selected Research Products
  • A longitudinal, landscape-scale field study assessing the effects of commercial hog operations on microbial quality of surface waters in North Carolina, USA (PhD dissertation). Christenson, E.  Aug. 2019.
  • Integrating remote sensing data with nutrient management plans to calculate plant available nitrogen from industrial swine CAFOS in North Carolina at the sprayfield and sub-watershed scales. Christenson, E., Serre, M. 2017. Science of the Total Environment, 580, 865-872. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.12.033
  • Vulnerability assessment for loss of access to drinking water due to extreme weather events. Luh, J., Christenson, E., Toregozhina, A., Holcomb, D., Witsil, T., Hamrick, L., Ojomo, E.,  Bartram, J. 2015. Climatic Change.  doi: 10.1007/s10584-015-1493-0
  • Understanding handpump sustainability: Determinants of rural water source functionality in the Greater Afram Plains region of Ghana. Fisher, M.B., Shields, K., Leker, H., Christenson, E., Cronk, R.D., Samani, D., Apoya, P., Bartram, J. 2015. Water Resources Research.   doi: 10.1002/2014WR016770
  •  Rural:urban inequalities in post 2015 targets and indicators for drinking-water. Bain, R., Wright, J., Christenson, E., Bartram, J. 2014. Science of the Total Environment. 490, 509-513. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.05.007
  • Examining the influence of urban definition when assessing relative safety of drinking-water in Nigeria. Christenson, E., Bain, R., Wright, J., Aondoakaa, S., Hossain, R., Bartram, J. 2014. Science of the Total Environment. 490, 301–312. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.05.010 7
  • Exposure to climate-related hazards: a global assessment of populations exposed to cyclone, drought, and flood. Christenson, E., Elliott, M., Banerjee, O., Hamrick, L. Bartram, J. 2014. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. doi: 10.3390/ijerph110202169
Email: Elizabeth Christenson-Diver