Using multidisciplinary complex systems methodologies to better understand the linkages between water, health and climate change in developing countries.

Timespan: 
2013-2015
Principal Investigator: 
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Environmental Engineering

Jonathan Mellor uses multidisciplinary complex systems methodologies to better understand the linkages between water and health in developing world countries.  A Virginia native, he took this approach for his doctoral research working under Prof. James Smith at the University of Virginia to better understand how household drinking water becomes contaminated and thereby causes diarrhea in South African children.  Prior to this, he was a Master’s International student at Michigan Technological University and Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda where he studied household water usage and interventions to reduce diarrhea.  As a postdoctoral associate, he is currently working with Prof. Julie Zimmerman to study the linkages between climate change, drinking water quality and child health in developing countries.  He holds a B.S. in Physics from the College of William and Mary, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an M.S. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia. 

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