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. 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 2018 GEOG 3692 (3) Introduction to Global Public Health
  • Spring 2018 GEOG 4023/5023 (4) Quantitative Methods in Geography
  • Fall 2017 GEOG 4120/5100 (3) Special Topics in Geography: Climate Change and Health
  • Spring 2017 GEOG 3692 (3) Introduction to Global Public Health
  • Fall 2016 GEOG 4852 (3) Health and Medical Geography

Recent Publications

Reid CE, Clougherty J, Shmool JLC, Kubzansky LD. 2017. Is All Urban Green Space the Same? A Comparison of the Health Benefits of Trees and Grass in New York City. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. doi:10.3390/ijerph14111411

Koplitz SN, Jacob DJ, Sulprizio MP, Myllyvirta L, Reid C. 2017. Burden of disease from rising coal emissions in Southeast Asia. Environmental Science & Technology DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b03731.

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 150:227-235 DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2016.06.012. 

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. 124:1334-1343. DOI:10.1289/ehp.1409277.

Lim YH, Reid CE, Honda Y, Kim H. 2015. Temperature deviation index and elderly mortality in Japan. International Journal of Biometeorology. 60:991-998.

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.

Snowden JM, Reid CE, Tager IB. 2015. Framing air pollution epidemiology in terms of population interventions, with applications to multi-pollutant modeling. Epidemiology 26:271-279.

Lim YH, Reid CE, Mann JK, Jerrett M, Kim H. 2014. Diurnal temperature range and short-term mortality in large US communities. International Journal of Biometeorology 59(9):1311-9. DOI 10.1007/s00484-014-0941-2.

Reid CE, Snowden JM, Kontgis C, Tager IB. 2012. The Role of Ambient Ozone in Epidemiologic Studies of Heat-Related Mortality. Environmental Health Perspectives 120(12):1627-30. http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1205251

Holstius DM, Reid CE, Jesdale BM, Morello-Frosch R. 2012. Birth Weight Following Pregnancy During the 2003 Southern California Wildfires. Environmental Health Perspectives 120(9):1340-5. http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1104515

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1103766

Reid CE and Gamble JL. 2009. Aeroallergens, Allergic Disease, and Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation. EcoHealth 6(3): 458-470. 

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 July 2018