Environment & Public Health

Dr. Jeff Dukes

Jeff Dukes

Jeffrey Dukes’ research touches on some of today’s most pressing environmental concerns, such as the impacts of climate change and invasive species. He heads up the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment, a Purdue-led initiative studying the concrete implications of climate change for people and nature. As the director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center…

Dr. Catherine Hill

Catherine Hill

According to entomology professor Catherine Hill, the television show Game of Thrones and infectious diseases have more in common than one might think. In Hill’s universe, white walkers are mosquitos and ticks, small organisms capable of spreading deadly diseases like malaria, Zika, Lyme disease and other viruses. The only way to defeat the threat is…

Dr. Brian Pijanowski

Bryan C. Pijanowski

If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound? And if a species falls into extinction, how will we remember its noises? The first question may not keep Bryan Pijanowski up at night, but the second has dominated his research since 2008. For a decade Pijanowski has been traveling to the rainforests…

Dr. Jenna Rickus

Jenna Rickus

Biomedical engineering is the new frontier when it comes to treatments for chronic illnesses and diseases, and you might say Jenn Rickus is one of the field’s many pioneers. A Purdue University alumna, Rickus is a professor in the Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering and also serves as associate vice provost for teaching and…