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

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. I was recently selected to be a JPB Environmental Health Fellow through the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 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 2021 GEOG 3692  Global Public Health
  • Spring 2021 GEOG 4852/5852  Health and Medical Geography
  • Spring 2020 GEOG 3692  Introduction to Global Public Health
  • Spring 2020 GEOG 4023/5023  Quantitative Methods in Geography
  • Fall 2018 GEOG 4852/5852  Health and Medical Geography
  • Spring 2018 GEOG 3692  Introduction to Global Public Health
  • Spring 2018 GEOG 4023/5023  Quantitative Methods in Geography
  • Fall 2017 GEOG 4120/5100  Special Topics: Climate Change and Health 

Honors and Awards 

  • 2020 Emerging Scholar Award, American Association of Geographers Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group
  • 2020 Outstanding Faculty Mentor, Honorable Mention, Undergraduate Research and Opportunities Program, University of Colorado Boulder
  • 2018 - 2021 JPB Environmental Health Fellow run by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • 2013 International Society of Exposure Science Student Poster Award, Honorable Mention
  • 2010 – 2013 EPA STAR Graduate Student Fellowship
  • 2009 – 2010 CDC and ASPH Environmental Public Health Fellowship
  • 2006 Roshetko Family Scholarship, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
  • 2005-2006 UC Berkeley School of Public Health Fellowship
  • 2000 Honors Thesis in Environmental Science, Brown University
  • 2000 Nomination to Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society
  • 1998 Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award, Brown University

Recent Publications

  • Jennings V, Reid CE, Fuller CH. 2021. Green Infrastructure Can Limit But Not Solve Air Pollution Injustices. Nature Communications. 12, 4681.
  • Hines E, Reid CE. 2021. Hospital Preparedness, Mitigation, and Response to Hurricane Harvey in Harris County, Texas. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 1-7; doi:10.1017/dmp.2021.146. 
  • Reid CE, Considine ED, Maestas MM, Li G. 2021. 2021. Daily PM2.5 concentration estimates by County, ZIP code, and census tract in 11 western states 2008-2018. Scientific Data. 8(1):112. doi: 10.1038/s41597-021-00891-1
  • Ebi KL, Baldwin J, Bell JE, Hondula D, Errett NA, Hayes K, Reid CE, Saha S, Spector J, Vanos J, Berry P. 2021. Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Population Health and Health System Implications. Annual Reviews in Public Health. 42: doi: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-012420-105026.
  • Navarro KM, Clark KA, Hardt DJ, Reid CE, Lahm PW, Domitrovich JW, Butler CR, Balmes JR. 2021. Wildland Firefighter Exposure to Smoke and COVID-19: A New Risk on the Fireline. Science of the Total Environment. 144296; doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144296.
  • Considine E, Reid CE, Olgetree M, Dye T. 2021. Improving Accuracy of Air Pollution Exposure Measurements: Statistical Correction of a Municipal Low-Cost Airborne Particulate Matter Sensor Network. Environmental Pollution. 115833; doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2020.115833.
  • Hines E, Reid CE. 2020. Geospatial Analysis of Hospital Flood Impacts During Hurricane Harvey Compared to Experienced Flood Zones in Harris County, Texas. American Journal of Public Health. 110 (4), 574-579; doi:10.2105/AJPH.2019.305520. 
  • Humphrey JL, Reid CE, Kinnee EJ, Kubzansky LD, Robinson LF, Clougherty JE. 2019. Putting co-exposures on equal footing: an ecological analysis of same-scale air pollution and social factors on cardiovascular disease in New York City. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16(23):4621; doi:10.3390/ijerph16234621.
  • Watson GL, Telesca D, Reid CE, Pfister GG, Jerrett M. 2019. Machine learning models accurately model ozone exposure during wildfire events. Environmental Pollution; 254: 112792. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2019.06.088.
  • Reid CE, Considine EM, Watson GL, Telesca D, Pfister GG, Jerrett M. 2019. Associations between ozone and fine particulate matter with respiratory health during a wildfire event. Environment International; 129:291–298; doi:10.1016/j.envint.2019.04.033.

Updated August 2021