Current Projects

Environmental justice and inequalities in public drinking water contaminant exposures

We are developing nationwide public drinking water contaminant exposure estimates at multiple geographic resolutions to characterize racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities in public drinking water contaminant exposures nationwide. Findings from these projects can inform public health interventions and regulatory action with the ultimate goal of reducing inequalities in both drinking water contaminant exposures and adverse health outcomes across racial/ethnic and socioeconomic subgroups.

We developed the Columbia Drinking Water Dashboard, which contains interactive maps and tables of regulated public water contaminants. The Dashboard is routinely being updated with new exposure estimates.

Drinking water quality in correctional facilities

We published the first study of drinking water quality in correctional facilities across the US. Our work found elevated drinking water arsenic exposure for incarcerated populations in the Southwestern US (2006-2011). Weโ€™re currently expanding this work to evaluate additional regulated drinking water contaminants.

Mercury exposure assessment: a community-directed research project

We are working with community-based collaborators in the Northern Plains to design and implement a pilot study to characterize mercury exposure in tribal communities using both biomonitoring and environmental monitoring. A key component of this project is the inclusion of local high school students in field work/data collection, data analysis, and results dissemination. We mentor local students through high school science fair projects related to population- and community-level metal exposure assessment and plan to expand this collaboration further beyond the aims of this specific project.


Contact me:

Anne (Annie) Nigra, ScM, PhD
Dept of Environmental Health Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
722 West 168th St, Rm 1107, New York, NY 10032
Pronouns: she/her/hers