GSS fosters transdisciplinary study of the dynamic interplay between natural and social systems.  Faculty in this area collaborate to discover creative solutions to critical social problems emergent from human activity and environmental change, in areas such as freshwater and coastal water systems, rural environments, infectious disease, and food production and safety. Work in this area also embraces equity in the human condition by seeking the equitable distribution and availability of physical safety and well-being, psychological well-being, respect for human dignity, and access to crucial material and social resources throughout the world’s diverse communities.  

Recent Submissions

  • Comparison of Whole-Genome Sequences of Legionella pneumophila in Tap Water and in Clinical Strains, Flint, Michigan, USA, 2016 

    Garner, Emily; Brown, Connor L.; Schwake, David Otto; Rhoads, William J.; Arango-Argoty, Gustavo; Zhang, Liqing; Jospin, Guillaume; Coil, David A.; Eisen, Jonathan A.; Edwards, Marc A.; Pruden, Amy (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019-11)
    During the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, USA (2014–2015), 2 outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease occurred in Genesee County, Michigan. We compared whole-genome sequences of 10 clinical Legionella pneumophila isolates ...
  • Pest management with biopesticides 

    Seiber, James N.; Coats, Joel; Duke, Stephen O.; Gross, Aaron D. (Higher Education Press, 2018)
    Biopesticides are attracting interest as alternatives to conventional pesticides but without many of the non-target effects, promising a better record of safety and sustainability in pest control practices. In this article ...
  • Simulation Modeling of Lakes in Undergraduate and Graduate Classrooms Increases Comprehension of Climate Change Concepts and Experience with Computational Tools 

    Carey, Cayelan C.; Gougis, Rebekka Darner (2017-02)
    Ecosystem modeling is a critically important tool for environmental scientists, yet is rarely taught in undergraduate and graduate classrooms. To address this gap, we developed a teaching module that exposes students to a ...
  • Impact of water heater temperature setting and water use frequency on the building plumbing microbiome 

    Ji, Pan; Rhoads, William J.; Edwards, Marc A.; Pruden, Amy (2017-06)
    Hot water plumbing is an important conduit of microbes into the indoor environment and can increase risk of opportunistic pathogens (for example, Legionella pneumophila). We examined the combined effects of water heater ...
  • Ten questions concerning the aerosolization and transmission of Legionella in the built environment 

    Prussin, Aaron J., II; Schwake, David Otto; Marr, Linsey C. (2017-10)
    Legionella is a genus of pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria responsible for a serious disease known as legionellosis, which is transmitted via inhalation of this pathogen in aerosol form. There are two forms of legionellosis: ...
  • Nutritional and greenhouse gas impacts of removing animals from US agriculture 

    White, Robin R.; Hall, Mary Beth (2017-11-28)
    As a major contributor to agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, it has been suggested that reducing animal agriculture or consumption of animal-derived foods may reduce GHGs and enhance food security. Because the ...
  • Reviewing research priorities in weed ecology, evolution and management: a horizon scan 

    Neve, P.; Barney, J. N.; Buckley, Y.; Cousens, R. D.; Graham, S.; Jordan, N. R.; Lawton-Rauh, A.; Liebman, M.; Mesgaran, M. B.; Schut, M.; Shaw, J.; Storkey, J.; Baraibar, B.; Baucom, R. S.; Chalak, M.; Childs, D. Z.; Christensen, S.; Eizenberg, H.; Fernandez-Quintanilla, C.; French, K.; Harsch, M.; Heijting, S.; Harrison, L.; Loddo, D.; Macel, M.; Maczey, N.; Merotto, A., Jr.; Mortensen, D.; Necajeva, J.; Peltzer, D. A.; Recasens, J.; Renton, M.; Riemens, M.; Sonderskov, M.; Williams, M. (2018-08)
    Weedy plants pose a major threat to food security, biodiversity, ecosystem services and consequently to human health and wellbeing. However, many currently used weed management approaches are increasingly unsustainable. ...
  • Seasonal dynamics of cyanobacteria and eukaryotic phytoplankton in a multiple-reservoir recycling irrigation system 

    Kong, Ping; Richardson, Patricia; Hong, Chuanxue (2019-09-10)
    Abstract Background Agricultural runoff recycling systems are manmade aquatic ecosystems of growing significance to global water sustainability, crop health, and production. ...
  • Improved reference genome of Aedes aegypti informs arbovirus vector control 

    Matthews, Benjamin J.; Dudchenko, Olga; Kingan, Sarah B.; Koren, Sergey; Antoshechkin, Igor; Crawford, Jacob E.; Glassford, William J.; Herre, Margaret; Redmond, Seth N.; Rose, Noah H.; Weedall, Gareth D.; Wu, Yang; Batra, Sanjit S.; Brito-Sierra, Carlos A.; Buckingham, Steven D.; Campbell, Corey L.; Chan, Saki; Cox, Eric; Evans, Benjamin R.; Fansiri, Thanyalak; Filipovic, Igor; Fontaine, Albin; Gloria-Soria, Andrea; Hall, Richard; Joardar, Vinita S.; Jones, Andrew K.; Kay, Raissa G. G.; Kodali, Vamsi K.; Lee, Joyce; Lycett, Gareth J.; Mitchell, Sara N.; Muehling, Jill; Murphy, Michael R.; Omer, Arina D.; Partridge, Frederick A.; Peluso, Paul; Aiden, Aviva Presser; Ramasamy, Vidya; Rasic, Gordana; Roy, Sourav; Saavedra-Rodriguez, Karla; Sharan, Shruti; Sharma, Atashi; Smith, Melissa Laird; Turner, Joe; Weakley, Allison M.; Zhao, Zhilei; Akbari, Omar S.; Black, William C.; Cao, Han; Darby, Alistair C.; Hill, Catherine A.; Johnston, J. Spencer; Murphy, Terence D.; Raikhel, Alexander S.; Sattelle, David B.; Sharakhov, Igor V.; White, Bradley J.; Zhao, Li; Aiden, Erez Lieberman; Mann, Richard S.; Lambrechts, Louis; Powell, Jeffrey R.; Sharakhova, Maria V.; Tu, Zhijian; Robertson, Hugh M.; McBride, Carolyn S.; Hastic, Alex R.; Korlach, Jonas; Neafsey, Daniel E.; Phillippy, Adam M.; Vosshall, Leslie B. (2018-11-22)
    Female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infect more than 400 million people each year with dangerous viral pathogens including dengue, yellow fever, Zika and chikungunya. Progress in understanding the biology of mosquitoes and ...
  • MetaCompare: a computational pipeline for prioritizing environmental resistome risk 

    Oh, Min; Pruden, Amy; Chen, Chaoqi; Heath, Lenwood S.; Xia, Kang; Zhang, Liqing (2018-07)
    The spread of antibiotic resistance is a growing public health concern. While numerous studies have highlighted the importance of environmental sources and pathways of the spread of antibiotic resistance, a systematic means ...
  • Dynamic modeling of organic carbon fates in lake ecosystems 

    McCullough, Ian M.; Dugan, Hilary A.; Farrell, Kaitlin J.; Morales-Williams, Ana M.; Ouyang, Zutao; Roberts, Derek; Scordo, Facundo; Bartlett, Sarah L.; Burke, Samantha M.; Doubek, Jonathan P.; Krivak-Tetley, Flora E.; Skaff, Nicholas K.; Summers, Jamie C.; Weathers, Kathleen C.; Hanson, Paul C. (2018-10-24)
    Lakes are active processors of organic carbon (OC) and play important roles in landscape and global carbon cycling. Allochthonous OC loads from the landscape, along with autochthonous OC loads from primary production, are ...
  • Identification of discriminatory antibiotic resistance genes among environmental resistomes using extremely randomized tree algorithm 

    Gupta, Suraj; Arango-Argoty, Gustavo; Zhang, Liqing; Pruden, Amy; Vikesland, Peter (2019-08-29)
    Abstract Background The interconnectivities of built and natural environments can serve as conduits for the proliferation and dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes ...
  • Effects of future sea level rise on coastal habitat 

    Von Holle, Betsy; Irish, Jennifer L.; Spivy, Annette; Weishampel, John F.; Meylan, Anne; Godfrey, Matthew H.; Dodd, Mark; Schweitzer, Sara H.; Keyes, Tim; Sanders, Felicia; Chaplin, Melissa K.; Taylor, Nick R. (2019-04)
    Sea level rise (SLR) and disturbances from increased storm activity are expected to diminish coastal ecosystems available to nesting species by removing habitat and inundating nests during incubation. We updated the United ...
  • Nitrogen deposition and climate change effects on tree species composition and ecosystem services for a forest cohort 

    Van Houtven, George; Phelan, Jennifer; Clark, Christopher; Sabo, Robert D.; Buckley, John; Thomas, R. Quinn; Horn, Kevin; LeDuc, Stephen D. (2019-05)
    The composition of forests in the northeastern United States and the ecosystem services they provide to future generations will depend on several factors. In this paper, we isolate the effects of two environmental drivers, ...
  • Inhibiting foodborne pathogens Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Listeria monocytogenes using extracts from traditional medicine: Chinese gallnut, pomegranate peel, Baikal skullcap root and forsythia fruit 

    Wu, Jian; Goodrich, Katheryn M.; Eifert, Joseph D.; Jahncke, Michael L.; O’Keefe, Sean F.; Welbaum, Gregory E.; Neilson, Andrew P. (De Gruyter, 2018-06-21)
    Foodborne illnesses have been a heavy burden in the United States and globally. Many medicinal herbs have been cultivated in the US and many of which contain antimicrobial compounds with the potential to be used for food ...
  • Same influenza vaccination strategies but different outcomes across US cities? 

    Taylor, Claudia; Marathe, Achla; Beckman, Richard (International Society for Infectious Diseases, 2010-09)
    Objectives: This research aimed to determine if the same influenza vaccination strategies would have the same level of effectiveness when applied to two different US metropolitan areas, Miami and Seattle, where the composition ...
  • First case of New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase in Klebsiella pneumoniae from Ecuador: An update for South America 

    Romero-Alvarez, Daniel; Reyes, Jorge; Quezada, Viviana; Satan, Carolina; Cevallos, Nelson; Barrera, Sofia; Trueba, Gabriel; Escobar, Luis E.; Villacis, Jose E. (International Society for Infectious Diseases, 2017-12)
    Objectives: To describe a clinical case of Klebsiella pneumoniae harboring a New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM) plasmid in Ecuador and to present a map of reports of NDM isolates in South America. Methods: The modified ...
  • Campylobacter jejuni - An emerging foodborne pathogen 

    Altekruse, Sean Fitzgerald; Stern, NJ; Fields, PI; Swerdlow, DL (1999-01)
    Campylobacter jejuni is the most commonly reported bacterial cause of foodborne infection in the United States. Adding to the human and economic costs are chronic sequelae associated with C. jejuni infection-Guillain-Barre ...
  • Public, animal, and environmental health implications of aquaculture 

    Garrett, ES; dosSantos, CL; Jahncke, Michael L. (1997-10)
    Aquaculture is important to the United States and the world's fishery system. Both import and export markets for aquaculture products will expand and increase as research begins to remove physiologic and other animal ...
  • Mycobacterial aerosols and respiratory disease 

    Falkinham, Joseph O., III (2003-07)
    Environmental opportunistic mycobacteria, including Mycobacterium avium, M. terrae, and the new species M. immunogenum, have been implicated in outbreaks of hypersensitivity pneumonitis or respiratory problems in a wide ...

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