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Dr. Julia Gohlke

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Population Health Sciences

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Dr. Gohlke’s research focuses on the human health implications of global change. She utilizes spatial epidemiology and toxicology approaches to characterize environmental factors and their association with health outcomes. By combining birth and death records with satellite-derived datasets she is determining urban-rural differences in heat-related health outcomes in the Deep South as well as health outcomes associated with landscape change in Central Appalachia.  She is also examining toxicity of early life exposures in Daphnia pulex, while overlaying additional stressors such as temperature and food availability.  Ultimately, her research is aimed at informing environmental and public health policies to promote human health and wellbeing.

Dr. Gohlke is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at Virginia Tech and a faculty fellow at the Virginia Tech Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience.  She has served on several editorial and advisory boards related to environmental health issues. She served as an AAAS fellow in the U.S. Department of State Office of Global Change in 2009-2010.  She has taught graduate level courses in Environmental Health and Risk Assessment.