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Roberts-Semple, Dawn

Roberts-Semple, Dawn

Assistant Professor

Earth and Physical Sciences

Phone: 718-262-2775
Office Location: AC-1E14

Dr. Roberts-Semple is an environmental scientist with an interdisciplinary background. Her research is focused on the meteorological impacts on particle- and gas-phase air pollutant concentrations, and their cumulative effects on respiratory health. Dr. Roberts-Semple’s teaching interests in the Geosciences include natural landscape processes, land use change and urban environmental issues of energy and resource consumption. She is currently exploring the use of low-cost technology to monitor air pollution through student-centered and community-based participatory research.

Office Hours

By Appointment


PhD Rutgers University Environmental Science 2012 
MPhil Cambridge University, UK Environment and Development 1998 
BA University of Guyana Geography 1995 

Areas of Expertise

  • Air pollution characterization
  • Local climate change
  • Public health
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Environmental justice

Publications in Field Of Expertise


Refereed Proceedings

Non Refereed Proceedings

  • Boeglin R., Goodman W., Latham S. (Eds)...Roberts-Semple D. et al. "The State of Waste in Queens." A Report by the Queens Solid Waste Advisory Board Organizing Committee. 2021: .


Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

  • NIH Minority Biomedical Research Support Fellowship: 2011 - 2012.
  • AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award: 2011.
  • Association for Women Geoscientists, Chrysalis Award: 2011.
  • Graduate Student Excellence Award, Rutgers University: 2011.
  • National Science Foundation Fellowship, Rutgers University: 2009 - 2011.
  • Sutosama Trust Research Award, Cambridge University: 1997.
  • Cambridge Commonwealth Trust ODA Award: 1996 - 1997.


  • EPA STAR, Studying air pollution-health-climate interactions for people of color in Southeast Queens, NY: A community-based project. 2022 - 2025: $1,344,622.
  • CUNY, Office of Research, Impact of fine particulate matter on COVID-19 deaths in proximity to two airports in New York City. 2021: $38,000.
  • National Institutes of Health, Community-led investigation of air quality and environmental injustice in proximity to two waste transfer stations in Jamaica, Queens. 2021: $25,000.
  • NYSDEC, Assessing airport-related noise and air pollution levels in SE Queens. 2020-2021: $100,000.
  • PSC-CUNY, The impact of aircraft emissions on local air quality and public health in the JFK Airshed. 2020: $12,000.
  • PSC-CUNY, Public health implications of mobile source emissions near York College campus in Jamaica, Queens. 2018: $6,000.
  • CUNY, Office of Research, Learning through innovative and inquiry-driven methods: An investigation of indoor air quality in the classroom. 2018: $7,500.
  • UNEP, Integrating environment and experience for sustainable rural development - A Road Map. 2016-2017: $6,000.
  • Association for Women Geoscientists, Air pollution and public health effects in Newark, NJ. 2011: $2,000.
  • PSC-CUNY, Field investigations in Earth and Environmental Sciences. 2008-2010: $9,000.

Offices Held In Professional Societies

  • Member, Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Community: 2023.
  • Member, American Chemical Society: 2020 - Present.
  • Member, Rutgers Alumni Association: 2012 - Present.
  • Member, American Meteorological Society: 2011 - Present.
  • Member, American Women Geoscientists: 2011 - Present.
  • Member, American Geophysical Union: 2011 - Present.
  • Member, Oxford Round Table, U.K.: 2007 - Present.
  • Fellow, Cambridge University Commonwealth Society, U.K.: 1997 - Present.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

  • Reviewer: CRC Press - Taylor and Francis Group: 2023.
  • Associate: Queens Solid Waste Advisory Board (QSWAB): 2020 – Present.
  • Member: JFK Airport Committee/NY Community Aviation Roundtable: 2017 - Present.
  • Member: Eastern Queens Alliance for Environmental Science: 2017 - Present.
  • Co-Moderator: Environmental Justice & Health Disparities Symposium, University of Maryland: 08/2022.
  • Guest Editor: Environmental Justice, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers: 2022.
  • Reviewer: Water, Air and Soil Pollution: 2022.
  • Chair Judge: Junior Science and Humanities Symposium: 2017 - 2022.
  • Reviewer: Atmospheric Pollution Research: 2021.
  • Reviewer: American Chemical Society: 2019.
  • OSPA Judge: American Geophysical Union: 2018.
  • Reviewer: Journal of Geoscience Education: 2018.