Roberts-Semple, Dawn

Roberts-Semple, Dawn

Assistant Professor
Earth and Physical Sciences

Phone: 718-262-2775
Office Location: AC-1E14


Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  Rutgers University  Environmental Science  2012 
MPhil  Cambridge University, UK  Environment and Development  1998 
BA  University of Guyana  Geography  1995 
Dawn Roberts-Semple is an environmental scientist with an interdisciplinary background. She earned a B.A. in Geography from the University of Guyana, M.Phil. in Environment and Development from Cambridge University, U.K. and Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University. Dr. Roberts-Semple employs her cross-disciplinary experience by integrating air pollution research into the social domain of public health. She investigates the meteorological impacts on particle- and gas-phase air pollutant concentrations, and their cumulative effects on respiratory health. Dr. Roberts-Semple’s teaching interests in the Geosciences include natural landscape processes, land use change and urban environmental issues of energy and resource consumption. She is currently exploring the use of low-cost technology to monitor air pollution.

Areas of Expertise

Air pollution characterization
Local climate change
Public health
Environmental sustainability

Books in Field Of Expertise

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Roberts-Semple, D. and Gao, Y.. "Pollution- and climate-induced respiratory health effects: Do national standards adequately provide a safe threshold for NOx and O3 in urban New Jersey?." Athens Journal of Sciences. 4(4) 2017: 301-322.

Roberts-Semple, D. and Gao, Y.. "Characterization of gas-phase air pollutants and their public health impact." Mineralogical Magazine. 77(5) 2013: 2071.

Roberts-Semple, D. and Gao, Y.. "Evaluation of air pollution, local meteorology and urban public health." Int. J. Environmental Technology and Management. 16(1/2) 2013: 160-177.

Roberts-Semple D. Song F. and Gao Y.. "Seasonal characteristics of ambient nitrogen oxides and ground-level ozone in metropolitan northeastern New Jersey." Atmospheric Pollution Research. 3(2) 2012: 247-257.

Roberts-Semple, D. "Protection or survival? The conflict between conservation and exploitation of tropical rainforests." Forum on Public Policy,. 3(4) 2007: 409-416.

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Non Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Reviews in Field Of Expertise


Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Air pollution and public health - New directions " 1/2018: Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series, Rutgers University - Newark.

" Energy and the Environment: Energy consumption, associated costs and environmental impacts " 01/2018: Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, St. Lucia, West Indies.

" Environmental Health Science Careers " 11/2017: STEM Panel for Adult and Continuing Education, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY.

" Characterization of ambient air pollution and effects on urban health " 05/2017: STEM Academy, Biology Department Research Day, Queensborough Community College, CUNY.

" Characterization of gas-phase air pollutants and their public health impact " 08/2013: Goldschmidt, Florence, Italy.

" Seasonal characteristics of air pollutants and public health implications in Northeastern New Jersey " 09/2011: American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, C.A.

" Connecting Urban Youth to Atmospheric, Biological and Earth Science Phenomena " 03/2011: Annual Conference of the National Science Foundation and American Association for the Advancement of Science,Arlington, V.A. and Washington, D.C.

" Weather and Climate: Temperature as a climate indicator " 09/2010: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Newark.

" Evaluation of air pollution, local meteorology and urban public health " 07/2010: Fifth International Conference on Science and Technology,The American Academy of Sciences, Houston, T.X.

" Balancing the two cultures: Science and Technology vs. Arts and Humanities " 07/2007: Oxford Round Table, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, U.K.

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

NIH Minority Biomedical Research Support Fellowship: 2011 - 2012.

AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award: 2011.

Association for Women Geoscientists, Chrysalis Award: 2011.

Graduate Student Excellence Award, Rutgers University: 2011.

National Science Foundation Fellowship: 2009 - 2011.

Sutosama Trust Research Award, Cambridge University: 1997.

Cambridge Commonwealth Trust ODA Award: 1996 - 1997.


CUNY, Graduate Research Technology Initiative, Characterization of Ambient Air Pollutants and their Health Effects in Jamaica, Queens. 2017-2018: $45,000.

UNEP, Integrating Environment and Experience for Sustainable Rural Development - A Road Map. 2016-2017: $6,000.

Association for Women Geoscientists, Air Pollution and Public Health Effects in Newark, NJ. 2011: $2,000.

PSC-CUNY, Field investigations in Earth and Environmental Sciences. 2008-2010: $9,000.

Offices Held In Professional Societies

Member, Rutgers Alumni Association: 2012 - present.

Member, American Meteorological Society: 2011 - present.

Member, American Women Geoscientists: 2011 - present.

Member, American Geophysical Union: 2011 - present.

Member, Oxford Round Table, U.K.: 2007- present.

Fellow, Cambridge University Commonwealth Society, U.K.: 1997 - present.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Member, JFK Airport Committee/New York Community Aviation Roundtable: 06/2017 - present.

Member, Eastern Queens Alliance for Environmental Science: 02/2017 - present.

Chair Judge, Junior Science and Humanities Symposium: 02/2017.