Rick Peltier, MPH, PhD
Rick Peltier is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Trained as an atmospheric chemist, Rick is interested in identifying the chemical and physical characteristics of particulate matter that are most responsible for disease. The bulk of his work is focused on the understudied regions of the world, including Nepal, Bangladesh, Ghana, and in indigenous communities in North America. His research includes both laboratory-based investigations and extensive field work covering personal and ambient monitoring.
Rick is also the deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology; prior to that, he was an Associate Editor for more than 5 years. He has an interest in science communication, and in finding better ways for scientists to deliver their message to the public and to policy makers in more meaningful ways. This includes efforts to better engage journalists, improving pedagogic approaches, and writing for mass media news outlets such as The Conversation.
Rick has a growing interest in small do-it-yourself air quality monitoring sensors, especially those that are at the lowest cost possible. He views them as a means to improve our understanding of exposure, especially in resource-poor, and under-served regions, of the world.
Rick is a recipient of the Health Effects Institute’s Rosenblith New Investigator Award, and is a 2017 US-UK Fullbright fellow. He is on sabbatical at the University of York, UK for the 2017-18 academic year, where he is working on bringing new data analysis tools to citizen science.