Mark and Catherine Winkler Assistant Professor of Aquatic Science


Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health

401 Park Drive, P.O. Box 15677 Landmark Center West, Room 412B

Boston, MA USA 02215

Phone: 617.384.8832

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

29 Oxford Street, Pierce Hall, Room 107F

Cambridge MA USA 02138

Phone: 617.496.0858

Fax:   617.495.4551

elsie_sunderland [at] harvard [dot] edu

I am part of the faculty of the Department of Environmental Health in Harvard’s School of Public Health. I co-lead the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Group in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Aquatic Biogeochemistry Research Group in the School of Public Health.

I study how biogeochemical processes affect the fate, transport and food-web bioaccumulation of trace metals and organic chemicals in aquatic ecosystems. I develop and apply models at a variety of scales ranging from ecosystems to global applications to characterize how changes in climate and emissions affect human and ecological health, and the potential impacts of regulatory activities.

See Publications for a list of recent papers.

Other University Affiliations:

Exposure, Epidemiology and Risk Program

Harvard University Center for the Environment

Harvard Center for Risk Analysis


Risk Assessment (RDS-500), Environmental Health (Next offered: Spring 2014)

Seminar on Global Pollution Issues (ES-169) (Next offered: Fall 2014)