Roberts-Semple, Dawn

Roberts-Semple, Dawn

Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor
Earth and Physical Sciences

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


Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  Rutgers University  Environmental Science  2012 
MPhil  Cambridge University, UK  Environment and Development  1998 
BA  University of Guyana  Geography  1995 
Dawn Roberts-Semple is an environmental scientist with an interdisciplinary background. She earned a B.A. in Geography from the University of Guyana, M.Phil. in Environment and Development from Cambridge University, U.K. and Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University. Dr. Roberts-Semple employs her cross-disciplinary experience by integrating air pollution research into the social domain of public health. She investigates 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

Books in Field Of Expertise

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

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 AGU. 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 2017: .

Reviews in Field Of Expertise


Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Air pollution and public health - New directions " 1/2018: 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.

" Seasonal characteristics of air pollutants and public health implications in Northeastern New Jersey " 09/2011: American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, C.A.

" Connecting Urban Youth to Atmospheric, Biological and Earth Science Phenomena " 03/2011: Annual Conference of the National Science Foundation and American Association for the Advancement of Science,Arlington, V.A. and Washington, D.C.

" Weather and Climate: Temperature as a climate indicator " 09/2010: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Newark.

" Evaluation of air pollution, local meteorology and urban public health " 07/2010: Fifth International Conference on Science and Technology,The American Academy of Sciences, Houston, T.X.

" Balancing the two cultures: Science and Technology vs. Arts and Humanities " 07/2007: Oxford Round Table, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, U.K.

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.


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.