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Roberts-Semple, Dawn

Roberts-Semple, Dawn

Assistant Professor
Earth and Physical Sciences

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


Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  Rutgers University  Environmental Science   
MPhil  Cambridge University, UK  Environment and Development   
BA  University of Guyana  Geography   
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.. "Fine particulate matter and respiratory infectious agents: Corona Virus 2019." Aerosol and Air Quality Research. Pending 2020: 20pp.

Gonzalez, I., Roberts-Semple, D., Fan, S., Yao, Y. and Gao, Y. "Characteristics of organic and elemental carbon in particulate matter on the US East Coast: A case study of metropolitan Newark, New Jersey." Atmospheric Pollution Research. Pending 2020: 22pp.

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 pollution health effects " 2/25/2021: Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, Community Engagement Core.

" Air pollution and coronavirus 2019: Implications for aviation " 06/01/2020: JFK Airport Committee Quarterly Meeting.

" Urban land use, ecology and environment " 09/29/2019: Chinese Delegation, York College.

" Leadership and women in science " 09/17/2019: Cambridge in America, New York, NY.

" Air pollution and respiratory health " 09/12/2019: Johns Hopkins Health Care, Baltimore, MD.

" Air pollution: sources, measurement and regulation" " 03/28/2019: Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Guyana.

" The role of environmental science in daily life " 03/14/2019: Queens Public Library: Inspiring Women in Science series.

" Air quality and public health in proximity to airports” " 03/01/2019: New York Community Aviation Roundtable Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

" The influence of environmental factors on particulate matter concentrations in Jamaica, Queens, NY " 12/10/2018: American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C..

" Air Quality and Community Health: Harms & Risks of Living Near an Airport " 08/01/2018: JFK Airport Committee, Jamaica Chamber of Commerce.

" Next Generation Air Quality Measurement Technologies " 07/02/2018: 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 " 07/23/2018: Conference on Ecology, Ecosystems and Climate Change, Athens, Greece.

" Air pollution and public health - New directions " 01/24/2018: Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series, Rutgers University - Newark.

" Energy and the Environment: Energy consumption, associated costs and environmental impacts " 01/08 - 01/09/2018: Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, St. Lucia, West Indies.

" Environmental Health Science Careers " 11/14/2017: STEM Panel for Adult and Continuing Education, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY.

" Characterization of ambient air pollution and effects on urban health " 05/25/2017: 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, Rutgers University: 2009 - 2011.

Sutosama Trust Research Award, Cambridge University: 1997.

Cambridge Commonwealth Trust ODA Award: 1996 - 1997.


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.

PSC-CUNY, The impact of aircraft emissions on local air quality and public health in the JFK Airshed. 2020: $12,000.

NYSDEC, Assessing airport-related noise and air pollution levels in SE Queens. 2020-2021: $100,000.

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

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

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

Member, Eastern Queens Alliance for Environmental Science: 2017 - Present.

Reviewer, American Chemical Society: 2019.

Chair Judge, Junior Science and Humanities Symposium: 2017 - 02/2021.

OSPA Judge, American Geophysical Union: 2018.

Reviewer, Journal of Geoscience Education: 2018.