The Environmental Forensics and Public Health program is a joint collaboration between the FIU Institute of Environment and the FIU Global Forensic and Justice Center (GFJC).
Environmental forensics requires a cross-disciplinary approach that includes understanding the sources of environmental contaminants, their transport through key ecosystems and their subsequent impact on humans and other organisms.
High concentrations of contaminants such as magnesium, calcium, zinc or manganese are now known to play a role in the onset and progression of chronic diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The consequences of pollutants on our bodies and our environment can be critical. Toxic metals, for example, are impacting the Florida Everglades and its resources, leading to changes in marine organisms, influencing mental health and creating environmental inequities.
This program aims to improve our scientific understanding of global change and anthropogenic effects caused by multiple environmental drivers, the physical and biological responses measured in water quality, soil and sediment contamination, emerging diseases, invasive species and other global stressors that are a risk to ecosystems and community health.
The leading organizations, Institute of Environment and GFJC, are comprised of several key components to the success of this new program:
- The GFJC’s International Forensic Research Institute
- The GFJC’s National Forensic Science Technology Center
- The Institute of Environment’s CREST Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment
- The Institute of Environment’s Tropical Conservation Institute
In addition to the leading organizations, partners and collaborators for this program also include:
- Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
- FIU College of Law
- FIU GIS Center
- FIU College of Engineering and Computing
The Environmental Forensics and Public Health program will focus on the following research projects:
The Environmental Forensics and Public Health program will include a training component specifically geared at teaching individuals and organizations how to properly collect environmental samples. The program will provide the following initiatives:
This program aims to deliver virtual, in-person, or hybrid forms of training. Current conservation officers can counter wildlife trafficking with training in proven forensic science evidence collection and analysis techniques suited for the out-of-the-laboratory assessments - our program will provide conservation officers with the skills they need to counter wildlife trafficking.
Professor; Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; RFA 1 [...]
CP 325, CP 373, CP 396-398, VH 316B-C
Piero R. Gardinali
Professor; Associate Director, Institute of Environment
Research Assistant Professor; Assistant Director of the Tropical Conservation Institute
AC1 300, CASE 314
Deputy Executive Director Global Forensic and Justice Center
8285 Bryan Dairy Road, Suite 125 Largo, Florida 33777
Director of International Forensic Research Institute; Associate Professor; Chairperson, [...]
Natalia Soares Quinete