Michelle L. Bell

Professor of Environmental Health

Other Projects

Other ongoing projects include research on whether some segments of the population face disproportionate health burdens from air pollution exposure, such as due to differences in biological susceptibility, baseline health status, or exposures. We found higher ozone-mortality effect estimates in communities with a higher proportion of racial minorities or lower income. Exposure patterns may also play a role, as we observed lower effects for communities with high prevalence of central air conditioning, which alters penetration of ambient air. Our studies of air pollution and birth weight also found differential effects by race, with higher impacts on infants of African-American mothers than White mothers. Currently, we are investigating how socio-economic status affects air pollution and weather-related mortality in Latin America and how air pollution effects differ by gender.

An Example From Our Work

Relationship between monitor locations and socio-economic status in São Paulo, Brazil (Bravo and Bell Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association 2011).

Selected Relevant Publications

DellaValle CT, EW Triche, ML Bell. In press. Spatial and temporal modeling of daily pollen concentrations. Accepted for International Journal of Biometeorology.

Anderson GB, Bell ML. 2010. Does one size fit all? The suitability of standard ozone exposure metric conversion ratios and implications for epidemiology. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology 20(1), p. 2-11.

Bell ML, Davis DL, Gouveia N, Borja-Aburto VH, Cifuentes LA. 2006. The avoidable health effects of air pollution in three Latin-American cities: Santiago, São Paulo, and Mexico City. Environmental Research 100(3), p. 431-440.

Bell ML, O’Neill MS, Cifuentes LA, Braga AL, Green C, Nweke A, Rogat J, Sibold K. 2005. Challenges and recommendations for the study of socioeconomic factors and air pollution health effects. Environmental Science and Policy 8(5), p. 525-533.

Bell ML, Hobbs BF, Ellis H. 2005. Metrics matter: conflicting air quality rankings from different indices of air pollution. Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association 55(1), p. 97-106.