Dr. Kirsten Koehler Faculty Research
Dr. Koehler's goals are to improve exposure assessment methods to inform occupational and public health policy.
Her research goals involve the use of direct-reading instrumentation to improve spatiotemporal exposure assessment.
Direct-reading (i.e. “real-time”) monitors can rapidly assess exposures to various hazards, and coupling estimated exposures with a known location to identify occupational sources of these hazards.
Contour plots of the hazard concentration over space, known as concentration maps, have recently been used to assess the spatial variability of hazards. Concentration maps have the potential to be powerful because they are easily comprehensible for workers, managers, and occupational/environmental health scientists to locate areas of concern.
Dr. Koehler's lab is housed in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering and she teaches several courses as part of the PhD Track in Exposure Sciences and Environmental Epidemiology.
- Spatiotemporal Exposure Assessment
- Aerosol Samplers
- Personal Exposure Assessment
- Occupational Hazard Mapping
- Exposure from Oil Spills
- Baltimore Healthy Schools: Impact of Indoor Air Quality on Health and Performance
- Within Baltimore Variability in Pollution
- Particulate Exposures in Asthmatic Kids (PEAK)
Our research examines developing novel aerosol samplers to improve the relationship between exposures and health effects.
We are using a Geographic Information System (GIS) to determine whether commuters can reduce their exposure to traffic-related air pollution by changing their route or mode of transportation.
PERSONAL EXPOSURE ASSESSMENT
Our research goals involve the use of direct-reading instrumentation to improve spatiotemporal exposure assessment. Direct-reading (i.e. “real-time”) monitors can rapidly assess exposures to various hazards.
OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD MAPPING
Hazard maps can show where hazards occur to target control strategies.
EXPOSURES FROM OIL SPILLS
Few studies have considered the risks to cleanup workers and nearby communities.