Roberts-Semple, Dawn
 

Roberts-Semple, Dawn


Assistant Professor
Earth and Physical Sciences

Phone: 718-262-2775
Office Location: AC-1E14
drobertssemple@york.cuny.edu

Education

Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  Rutgers University  Environmental Science  2012 
MPhil  Cambridge University, UK  Environment and Development  1998 
BA  University of Guyana  Geography  1995 
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.

Areas of Expertise

Air pollution characterization
Local climate change
Public health
Environmental sustainability

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Roberts-Semple, D. and Gao, Y. "Pollution- and climate-induced respiratory health effects: Do national standards adequately provide a safe threshold for NOx and O3 in urban New Jersey?." Athens Journal of Sciences. 4(4) 2017: 301-322.

Roberts-Semple, D. and Gao, Y. "Characterization of gas-phase air pollutants and their public health impact." Mineralogical Magazine. 77(5) 2013: 2071.

Roberts-Semple, D. and Gao, Y. "Evaluation of air pollution, local meteorology and urban public health." Int. J. Environmental Technology and Management. 16(1/2) 2013: 160-177.

Roberts-Semple D. Song F. and Gao Y. "Seasonal characteristics of ambient nitrogen oxides and ground-level ozone in metropolitan northeastern New Jersey." Atmospheric Pollution Research. 3(2) 2012: 247-257.

Roberts-Semple, D. "Protection or survival? The conflict between conservation and exploitation of tropical rainforests." Forum on Public Policy,. 3(4) 2007: 409-416.

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Roberts-Semple, D. "Seasonal characteristics of gas-phase air pollutants: Implications for public health in northeastern New Jersey." EOS Transactions American Geophysical Union. 93(28) 2013: 257-261.

McHugh C.M.G., M.H. Cormier, P. Marchese, Y. Zheng, G. Stewart, V. Acosta, A. Bowman, A. Cortes, L. Leon, M. Rosa, D. Roberts-Semple, N. Thaker, W. Vargas, and L. Williams. "Late Quaternary Depositional History and Anthropogenic Impacts of Western Long Island Sound, New York." EOS Transactions American Geophysical Union. 87 2006: OS31B1638.

Non Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Roberts-Semple, D. "Climate Change: Is it possible in Queens?." Environment, Health and Sustainability in Laurelton.nyc. 2017: .

Reviews in Field Of Expertise

 

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Air Quality and Community Health: Harms & Risks of Living Near an Airport " 08/2018: JFK Airport Committee, Jamaica Chamber of Commerce.

" Next Generation Air Quality Measurement Technologies " 07/2018: Roundtable: The Future of Teaching and Research in a Global World, Athens, Greece.

" Potential impact of climate change on ambient air pollution concentrations and respiratory hospital admissions " 07/2018: Conference on Ecology, Ecosystems and Climate Change, Athens, Greece.

" Air pollution and public health - New directions " 01/2018: Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series, Rutgers University - Newark.

" Energy and the Environment: Energy consumption, associated costs and environmental impacts " 01/2018: Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, St. Lucia, West Indies.

" Environmental Health Science Careers " 11/2017: STEM Panel for Adult and Continuing Education, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY.

" Characterization of ambient air pollution and effects on urban health " 05/2017: STEM Academy, Biology Department Research Day, Queensborough Community College, CUNY.

" Characterization of gas-phase air pollutants and their public health impact " 08/2013: Goldschmidt, Florence, Italy.

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: 2009 - 2011.

Sutosama Trust Research Award, Cambridge University: 1997.

Cambridge Commonwealth Trust ODA Award: 1996 - 1997.

Grants-In-Aid

PSC-CUNY, Public health implications of mobile source emissions near York College campus in Jamaica, Queens. 2018: 6,000.

CUNY, Research in the Classroom Idea Grant, Learning through innovative and inquiry-driven methods: An investigation of indoor air quality in the classroom. 2018: $7,500.

CUNY, Graduate Research Technology Initiative, Characterization of Ambient Air Pollutants and their Health Effects in Jamaica, Queens. 2017-2018: $45,000.

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, 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

Member, JFK Airport Committee/New York Community Aviation Roundtable: 06/2017 - present.

Member, Eastern Queens Alliance for Environmental Science: 02/2017 - present.

Chair Judge, Junior Science and Humanities Symposium: 02/2017 & 02/2018.