Colleen Reid photo portrait
Assistant Professor of Geography • Climate change and human health; Environmental and social epidemiology; Spatial exposure assessment • Faculty Research Associate of IBS • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2014
Human Geography • Environment-Society
303-492-7050, GUGG 204B

Research Interests

I am interested in how environmental and social exposures interact to influence health with a particular focus on exposures caused by global climatic changes and society’s responses to those changes. To date my research has focused on the health impacts of exposure to air pollution from wildfires, extreme heat events, and proximity to urban vegetation. Prior to becoming an assistant professor in Geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder, I was a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. I completed my Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014 where I received doctoral research funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s STAR program and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of Schools of Public Health. 

Recent Courses Include

  • Spring 2017  GEOG 3692 (3) Intro to Global Public Health
  • Fall 2016  GEOG 4852 (3) Health & Medical Geography

Selected Publications

Reid CE, Brauer M, Johnston F, Jerrett M, Balmes JR, Elliott CT. (2016). Critical Review of Health Impacts of Wildfire Smoke Exposure. Environmental Health Perspectives . DOI:10.1289/ehp.1409277

Reid CE, Jerrett M, Tager IB, Petersen ML, Mann JK, Balmes JR. (2016). Differential respiratory health effects from the 2008 northern California wildfires: a spatiotemporal approach. Environmental Research . doi:10.1016/j.envres.2016.06.012

Reid CE, Jerrett M, Petersen ML, Pfister GG, Morefield P, Tager IB, Raffuse SM, Balmes JR. (2015). Spatiotemporal prediction of fine particulate matter during the 2008 northern California wildfires using machine learning. Environmental Science & Technology, 49(6):3887-96.

Reid CE, Mann JK, Alfasso R, English PB, King GC, Lincoln RA, Margolis HG, Rubado DJ, Sabato JE, West NL, Woods B, Navarro K, Balmes JR. (2012).Evaluation of a Heat Vulnerability Index on Abnormally Hot Days: an Environmental Public Health Tracking study. . Environmental Health Perspectives 120(5):715-20.

Reid CE, O’Neill MS, Gronlund C, Brines SJ, Brown DG, Diez-Roux AV, Schwartz J. (2009). Mapping Community Determinants of Heat Vulnerability. Environmental Health Perspectives 117(11): 1730-1736.

Publications updated August 2016