Joanna Burger, Ph.D.

Rutgers University – School of Arts and SciencesEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences
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Biographical Info

Research Areas
Main research interests are behavior and ecology of communities, behavioral eco-toxicology, ecological risk, environmental monitoring and assessment, human health effects of fish consumption, ecological implications of environmental justice, ecological impacts of energy alternatives, and stakeholder involvement in environmental decisions. My research involves understanding the effects and interactions of animals and people with respect to environmental degradation, chemical and radionuclide contamination, habitat destruction, and the disproportionate burden on some populations. One focus is on the levels and effects of pollutants on eco-receptors and on humans, especially from mercury in fish. This involves not only examining levels of contaminants, but assessing consumption patterns, perceptions of the public, and management of those risks.

Another significant research area is working with The Department of Energy on ecological health and risk at their facilities as part of the Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation.

Research Highlights

  • Understanding contaminant levels in salt water fish from New Jersey, consumption patterns of fishers, perceptions of risk from contaminants in these fish, and resultant risk from mercury.
  • Development of a conceptual model for unique exposures of low-income, minority and other environmental justice communities.
  • Development of a template for fate and transport, ecological, and human health information needed to assess safety of contaminated sites or new nuclear facilities.
  • Assessment of the relationship between selenium and mercury in salt water fish (selenium is thought to be protective for mercury exposure).
  • Biomonitoring of mercury, lead and cadmium in eggs of Common Terns in NJ from 1971 to the present.
    Development of a Conservation Plan for Pine Snakes in the NJ Pine Barrens.

Scholarly Activities

  •  Participate (and present papers) in EPA conference on Environmental Justice
  • Organizing and eiting a book on Science and Stakeholders: Finding Solutions to Environmental and Energy-related Problems.
  • Participate and present papers in EPA Fish Forum conference.
  • Work with the Department of Energy (through CRESP) on ensuring ecological and human health around current nuclear facilities, with implications for commercial nuclear.
  • Serve on the Altamont, California Scientific Review Committee for wind energy.
  • Provide ecological advice to BP and others concerning the recent Gulf Oil Spill.

Recent Publications

  1. Greenberg, M, Lowrie, K, Burger, J. Andrew Orrell, Be the Honest Broker. Risk Anal. 2022; :. doi: 10.1111/risa.14045. PubMed PMID:36468214
  2. Burger, J, Greenberg, M, Lowrie, K. Introduction and lessons learned from discipline experts, practitioners, and risk communication experts about risk communication during crises and chronic exposures. Risk Anal. 2022; :. doi: 10.1111/risa.14019. PubMed PMID:36468207
  3. Burger, J. Trust and consequences: Role of community science, perceptions, values, and environmental justice in risk communication. Risk Anal. 2022; :. doi: 10.1111/risa.14020. PubMed PMID:36116002
  4. Burger, J, Porter, RR, Niles, L, Newstead, DJ. Timing and duration of stopovers affects propensity to breed, incubation periods, and nest success of different wintering cohorts of red knots in the Canadian Arctic during the Years 2009 to 2016. Environ Res. 2022;215 (Pt 1):114227. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2022.114227. PubMed PMID:36044961
  5. Capelo-Martínez, JL, Lodeiro, C, Lo, IMC, Burger, J. Post-Global Pandemic Challenges and improvements in advanced detection and removal processes of toxic pollutants: Editorial. J Hazard Mater. 2022;440 :129768. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2022.129768. PubMed PMID:36027754 PubMed Central PMC9385602
  6. Burger, J. Ecological information and approaches needed for risk communication dialogs for acute or chronic environmental crises. Risk Anal. 2022; :. doi: 10.1111/risa.13940. PubMed PMID:35491404
  7. Burger, J, Gochfeld, M, Kosson, DS, Brown, KG, Salisbury, J, Greenberg, M, Jeitner, C. Combining ecological, eco-cultural, and environmental justice parameters to create Eco-EJ indicators to monitor cultural and environmental justices for diverse communities around contaminated sites. Environ Monit Assess. 2022;194 (3):177. doi: 10.1007/s10661-021-09535-8. PubMed PMID:35150318 PubMed Central PMC9488455
  8. Burger, J. Ecocultural attributes are important components of perceptions of the importance of coastal beaches of conservation concern. Sci Total Environ. 2022;826 :153571. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.153571. PubMed PMID:35122856
  9. Dahmardeh Behrooz, R, Burger, J. Heavy Metals in the Liver, Kidney, Brain, and Muscle: Health Risk Assessment for the Consumption of Edible Parts of Birds from the Chahnimeh Reservoirs Sistan (Iran). Biol Trace Elem Res. 2022;200 (9):4098-4113. doi: 10.1007/s12011-021-02995-6. PubMed PMID:34735689
  10. Dahmardeh Behrooz, R, Burger, J. Heavy metals in liver, kidney, brain, and muscle slender-billed gull (Chroicocephalus genei) from south-eastern Iran. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2022;29 (7):10319-10331. doi: 10.1007/s11356-021-16029-0. PubMed PMID:34523093
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