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Dr. Marguerite Nyhan

Environmental Engineering | Sustainable Development | Humanitarian Efforts

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 About

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Dr. Marguerite Nyhan is a Lecturer (US equivalent - Assistant Professor) in Environmental Engineering at the National University of Ireland - University College Cork and a Visiting Scientist at Harvard University in Boston. Prior to joining University College Cork, she was a Research Scientist at the United Nations in New York City. She has a background in environmental engineering, urban analytics and public health and is interested in informing the design of healthy and sustainable cities of the future. Nyhan has published research on using large ICT datasets for evaluating urban dynamics at a city-wide scale, evaluating emissions and exposures to pollution, and determining their human health impact. Her current work focuses on harnessing emerging technologies for sustainable development and humanitarian efforts.

While conducting her PhD in environmental engineering in Trinity College Dublin, Nyhan was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. Following that, she was a Post-Doctoral researcher at MIT where she led the Urban Environmental Research Team within the Senseable City Laboratory. She was then a Post-Doctoral researcher at Harvard University before joining the United Nations. Marguerite's work has been featured extensively in the media, including in the Guardian newspaper and NPR. She has spoken to a range of audiences globally; from lecturing at MIT and Harvard, and giving a TED talk in her home country of Ireland to addressing the United Nations Environment Assembly in Kenya. She remains an active scientist with Harvard University and an affiliate of MIT.

Contact: marguerite.nyhan@ucc.ie | nyhan@hsph.harvard.edu


 Resumé

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National University of Ireland - University College Cork, Ireland

Lecturer (US equivalent - Assistant Professor) in Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, UCC

United Nations - Research Scientist

United Nations Global Pulse, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, UN HQ, New York City, United States

Harvard University - Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, United States

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Post-Doctoral Research Fellow & Urban Environmental Research Lead

Senseable City Laboratory, Department of Urban Studies & Planning, MIT, Boston, United States

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Visiting PhD Student & Fulbright Scholar

Trinity College Dublin Ireland - PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering

National University of Ireland - University College Cork - BEng in Civil & Environmental Engineering

First Class Honours Degree awarded. Interned at the Irish Environmental Protection Agency

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 Publications

Nyhan, M., Rice, M., Blomberg, A., Coull, B.A., Garshick, E., Vokonas, P., Schwartz, J., Gold, D., Koutrakis, P., 2019. Associations Between Ambient Particle Radioactivity and Lung Function. Environment International. 130C 104795. doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2019.04.066 (Impact Factor 8.0)

Li, W., Nyhan, M., Wilker, E.H., Vieira, C.L.Z., Lin, H., Schwartz, J.D., et al., 2018. Recent Exposure to Particle Radioactivity and Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress and Inflammation: The Framingham Heart Study. Environment International. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30376999 (Impact Factor 8.0)

Nyhan, M., Grauwin, S., Britter, R., Laden, F., McNabola, A., Misstear, B., Ratti., C., 2016. Exposure Track - The Impact of Mobile Device Based Mobility Patterns on Quantifying Population Exposure to Air Pollution. Environmental Science & Technology. 50(17):9671-81. (Impact Factor 7.2) Link

Nyhan, M., Britter, R., Kloog, I., Koutrakis, P., Ratti, C., 2018. Quantifying Population Exposure to Air Pollution Using Mobility Patterns Inferred from Mobile Phone Data. Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology (Nature). www.nature.com/articles/s41370-018-0038-9

Nyhan, M., Coull, B.A., Gold, D., Schwartz, J., Koutrakis, P., 2018. Associations Between Ambient Particle Radioactivity and Blood Pressure: The Normative Aging Study. Journal of the American Heart Association. 7(6): e008245. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.117.008245. (Impact Factor 5.5) Link

Nyhan, M., Misstear, B., McNabola, A. 2014. Comparison of Predicted Particulate Matter Dose and Heart Rate Variability Response in Cyclists, Pedestrians, Bus and Train Passengers. Science of the Total Environment. 468-469, 821-831. (Impact Factor 5.6) Link

Nyhan, M., Nyhan, M., Sobolevsky, S., Kang, C., Robinson, P., Corti, A., Szell, M., Streets, D., Lu, Z., Britter, R., Barrett, S.R.H., Ratti, C., 2016. Predicting Vehicular Emissions in High Spatial Resolution Using Pervasively Measured Transportation Data and Microscopic Emissions Model. Atmospheric Environment. 140, 352-363. (Impact Factor 4.0) Link

Romero, Y., Chicchon, N., Duarte, F., Noel, J., Ratti, C., Nyhan, M. Quantifying and Spatial Disaggregation of Air Pollution Emissions from Ground Transportation in a Developing Country Context: Case Study for the Lima Metropolitan Area in Peru. Science of the Total Environment. Accepted and in Press, September 2019. (Impact Factor 5.6)

Blomberg, A., Nyhan, M., Bind, M.-A., Vokonas, P., Coull, B.A., Schwartz, J., Koutrakis, P. The Role of Ambient Particle Radioactivity in Inflammation and Endothelial Function in an Elderly Cohort. Epidemiology, Under review, August 2019. (Impact Factor 4.7)

Boy, J., Pastor, D., Nyhan, M., Moreno Jimenez, R., Macguire, D., Luengo Oroz, M., 2019. Towards an Understanding of Refugee Segregation, Isolation, Homophily & Ultimately Integrating in Turkey Using Call Detail Records. Proceedings of the Data for Refugees Challenge. http://d4r.turktelekom.com.tr/Content/Documents/d4r-proceedings.pdf

Quinn J.A., Nyhan M., Navarro, C., Coluccia, D., Bromley, L., Luengo-Oroz, M., 2018. Humanitarian Applications of Machine Learning with Remote Sensing Data: Review & Case Study in Refugee Settlement Mapping. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences. 13;376(2128). pii: 20170363. doi: 10.1098/rsta.2017.0363.

Nyhan, M., Misstear, B., McNabola, A., 2014. Evaluating Artificial Neural Networks for Predicting Minute Ventilation and Lung Deposited Dose of Pollution in Commuting Cyclists. Journal of Transport & Health. 1(4), 305-315. (Impact Factor 2.8) Link

Nyhan, M., Smith, J., Kondor, D., Dadjnak, D., Beevers, S., Ratti, C., Koutrakis, P., 2019. Quantifying Population Exposure to Air Pollution Using Cellular Network Based Mobility Patterns and KCL-Urban Model. Preparing for 2nd review submission, Environmental Science & Technology.

Nyhan, M., Smith, J., Dadjnak, D., Beevers, S., Walton, H., Ratti, C., Koutrakis, P., 2019. Predicting Mortality Attributable to Air Pollution Using Cellular Network Based Mobility Patterns and KCL-Urban Model. In preparation - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Nyhan, M., Seiferling, I., Ratti, C., 2019. Quantifying Population Exposure to Greenness Using Cellular Network Based Mobility Patterns and Street-Level Imagery. In preparation – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

Nyhan, M., Duarte, F., Britter, R., Ratti, C., 2019. Sensing Lights - Evaluating Optimal Traffic Light Signaling for Minimizing Transportation Emissions and Human Exposure to Air Pollution at Intersections. In preparation - Transportation Research Part D: Transport & Environment.

Nyhan, M., Oletic, D., Britter, R., Ratti, C., 2016. Airscapes Singapore - Evaluating Personal Exposure to Air Pollution Using a Distributed Network of Mobile Environmental Sensors and Smartphones - Link to Airscapes Website

Nyhan, M. Coping with Air Pollution in an Age of Urbanisation. Angle Journal, 2015. Link


 Selected Talks