Environmental Epidemiology Research Training in the Peruvian Amazon (2013-2014)

This project team was a hands-on training program in which students learned about environmental and human data collection for epidemiologic investigations, and obtained field experience in conducting research. The research experience was part of a larger study to better understand human vulnerability to heavy metal exposure and emerging infectious diseases in the Amazon.



Team Outcomes

River Transport of Mercury from Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining and Risks for Dietary Mercury Exposure in Madre de Dios, Peru. Diringer SE, Feingold BJ, Ortiz EJ, Gallis JA, Araújo-Flores JM, Berky A, Pan WK, Hsu-Kim H. Environmental Science: Processes & Impact 2015 Feb;17(2):478-87.

Mercury Biogeochemistry in Madre de Dios Peru: Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (poster by Sarah Diringer)

Environmental Epidemiology in the Peruvian Amazon (poster by Dominic Lucero and Christina Chao)

This Team in the News

Charlotte Lee '15

Bass Connections Peru Versión Corta DC

Ideas that Move the World Forward - Laura Mistretta

Studying Global Health in the Peruvian Amazon: A Bass Connections Project

Bass Connections Leads Students through Amazon

Faculty Lead Students in Life-changing Research Experiences

Making Time for the Unplanned Global Health Work

PhD Student Lauren Wyatt Crosses Disciplines to Learn More about the Effects of Mercury Exposure on Children

Duke PhD Student Wins Award for Global Health Poster

See related team, Environmental Epidemiology in Latin America (2014-2015).

Team Leaders

  • Heileen Hsu-Kim, Pratt School of Engineering-Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Marco Marani, Nicholas School of the Environment-Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Ernesto Ortiz, Duke Global Health Institute
  • William Pan, Nicholas School of the Environment-Environmental Sciences and Policy

/graduate Team Members

  • Axel Berky, Environment-PHD
  • Jessica Cain, Master of Environmental Management, Ecotoxicology & Environmental Health
  • Sarah Diringer, Civil & Environmental Engg-PHD
  • Dominic Lucero, Global Health - MSc
  • Lauren Wyatt, Environment-PHD

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Charlotte Lee, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Laura Mistretta
  • Laura Rogers, Environmental Sciences (BS)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Beth Feingold, Nicholas School of the Environment

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Peru Ministry of Health
  • US Naval Medical Research Unit-6 (NAMRU-6)