Our quality of life depends on the quality of environment we inhabit, and exposure to contaminated water, soil and air elevates health risks. Communities of lower socioeconomic status are often disproportionately affected by polluted lands. This raises questions of environmental justice, as all people should have access to fair and equal treatment with respect to environmental law and policy. We work with citizen scientists and partners to collect data and translate findings for affected communities.

Our faculty are experts in:

  • environmental justice
  • community-engaged pollution research
  • risk assessment, communication and research translation

Click on the profiles to learn more about who we are and what we research in environmental quality, justice and health.

Alicja Babst-Kostecka


My Research Interests

  • Plant adaptation to changing environmental conditions
  • Metal tolerance and hyperaccumulation
  • Plant-soil interactions in metalliferous habitats
  • Phytoremediation and restoration of arid lands 


  • Ph.D in Biology (Genetics of Populations & Evolutionary Ecology), Institute of Botany Polish Academy of Sciences

Luisa Ikner

UA Profile

WEST Center


  • Pollution Science (ENVS 305)
  • Environmental Microbiology Laboratory (ENVS 426/526)

My Research Interests:

  • Antimicrobial effectiveness
  • Best practices for effective research partnerships
  • Emerging bacterial and viral pathogens (BSL-2, BSL-3)
  • Microbial decay/removal in natural and human-made systems
  • Method development/optimization
  • Pandemic preparedness
  • Pathogen detection in water
  • Wastewater treatment and advanced water purification


  • PhD in Soil, Water and Environmental Science from the University of Arizona


Headshot of Raina Maier, Environmental Science professor at university of arizona

Raina M. Maier


Director, UA Superfund Research Program

Monica Diane Ramirez-Andreotta

Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta

Associate Professor

Director, Project Harvest

Director, Gardenroots

Ian Pepper

Ian L. Pepper

Regents Professor

Director, Water & Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center

Channah Rock


Extension Specialist

Jim Brennan Endowed Chair in Extension Fresh Produce Safety