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Jennifer Vanos

Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Biography: 

Dr. Jennifer Vanos is an Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. She focuses on extreme heat and air pollution and related health impacts on vulnerable populations, such as children and athletes.  She is currently running numerous field projects in Arizona and collaborates with schools, government, and non-profits in community-based research. 

Dr. Vanos is an active member of the Urban Climate Research Center at ASU and a Scientific Advisor for the Korey Stringer Institute. She completed her PhD in 2012 at the University of Guelph in Canada and her Post-Doctoral degree with Health Canada. Last year, she won the Climate & Health Champion award from Maricopa County.

Education: 

University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, B.Sc. (Env), 2008

University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada, Environmental Sciences, Ph.D., 2012

Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Environmental Health, Post-doctoral, 2012–2013

Publications: 

Refereed Manuscripts cont (*grad students, **undergrad students) 

Vanos, JK., Wright, M., Kaiser, A., Middel, A., Ambrose, H., Hondula, DM. Perceptions and performance of evaporative misters on outdoor thermal comfort. Submitted to International Journal of Biometeorology. Accepted Nov 15, 2020. DOI: 10.1007/s00484-020-02056-y. 

Vanos, JK., Baldwin, JW., Jay, O., Ebi, K. Projecting heat-health outcomes in a changing climate: Simplicity lacks robustness. Nature Communications, Accepted Nov 4, 2020. 

Moamen, E., Nandini, R.,  Sorge, S., Webster, J., Merry, K., Angelica, C., Vecellio, D., Kruczek, C., Dowd, S., Ardon-Dryer, K; Vanos, JK.; San Francisco, M. Investigating the culturable atmospheric fungal and bacterial microbiome in West Texas: Implication of dust storms and origins of the air parcels. FEMS Microbes. In press. Accepted Oct. 28, 2020. 

Monteblanco, A., Vanos, JK., LeRoy, S., Juarez, P. Garfin, G. Evaluation of a Maternal Health and Extreme Heat Exposure Training. Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences. In press. Accepted Oct 25, 2020. 

Monteblanco, A., Vanos, J.K. Community-Based Maternal Health Workers’ Perspectives on Heat Risk and Safety: A Pilot Qualitative Study. Health Care for Women International, Online. https://doi.org/10.1080/07399332.2020.1803873.

Lenzholzer, S., Carsjens, G., Brown, R., Tavares, S., Vanos, JK., Kim, YJ., Lee, K. (2020) Awareness of urban climate adaptation strategies: An international overview. Urban Climate. 34, 100705. 

Hosokawa, Y., Adams, W., Casa, DJ., Vanos, JK., Cooper, E. Grundstein, A., Jay, O., McDermott, B., Otani, H., Raukar, N., Stearns, R., Tripp, B. Round Table on Preseason Heat Safety in Secondary School Athletics: Environmental Monitoring During Activities in Heat. Journal of Athletic Training, Accepted 7/20/20. In press. DOI: 10.4085/1062-6050-0067.20.

Lenzholzer, S., Carsjens, G., Brown, R., Tavares, S., Vanos, JK., Kim, YJ., Lee, K. (2020) Urban climate awareness and urgency to adapt: An international overview. Urban Climate. 33, 100667,  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2020.100667

Vanos, J.K., Thomas., W.M., Grundstein, A.J., Hosokawa, Y., Lui, Y., Casa, D. (2020) A multi-scalar climatological analysis in preparation for extreme heat at the Tokyo 2020 Games. Temperature. Online: https://doi.org/10.1080/23328940.2020.1737479

Vanos, J.K., Grundstein, A. (2020) Variations in athlete heat loss potential between hot-dry and warm-humid environments at equivalent WBGT thresholds. Journal of Athletic TrainingIn press. DOI: 10.4085/1062-6050-313-19.

Downs, N., Baldwin, L., Parisi, A., Butler, H., Vanos, JK., Beckman, MJ., Harrison, SL. (2019) Localised Variations in Ultraviolet Protection by Tree Shade: A comparative assessment of twenty-one shade trees for twenty-six Queensland municipalities, Australia. Applied Geography. 108, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2019.05.006. 74–82. 

Olsen, H., Kennedy, E., Vanos, JK. (2019) Shade provision in public playgrounds for thermal safety and sun protection: A case study across 100 play spaces in the United States. Landscape and Urban Planning, 189, 200-211. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2019.04.003.

Vanos, JK., Vecellio, DJ., Kjellstrom, T. (2019) Workplace Heat Exposure, Health Protection, and Economic Impacts: A Case Study in Canada. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 62, 1024‐ 1037. DOI:10.1002/ajim.22966

Zhao, N., Lui, Y., Vanos, JK., Cao, G. (2019) Revisiting the estimations of PM2.5-attributable mortality with advancements in PM2.5 mapping and mortality statistics: A case study of ischemic heart diseases. Science of the Total Environment. 666, 499-507. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.269.

Downs, NJ., Axelsen, T., Schouten, P., Igoe, DP., Parisi, A., Vanos, JK.  (2019) Biologically effective solar ultraviolet exposures and the potential skin cancer risk for individual gold medalists of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games. Temperature. Online. DOI:10.1080/23328940.2019.1581427

Hosokawa, Y., Casa, DJ., Trtanj, JM., Belval, LM., Deuster, PA., Giltz, SM., Grundstein, AJ., Hawkins, MD., Huggins, RA., Jacklitsch, B., Jardine, JF., Jones, H., Kazman, JB., Reynolds, ME., Stearns, RL., Vanos, JK., Williams, AL., Williams, JW. (2019). Activity Modification in Heat: Critical Assessment of Guidelines Across Athletic, Occupational, and Military Settings. Int. Journal of Biometeorology. 63(3): 405–427. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00484-019-01673-6

Green, H., Baily, J., Schwarz, L., Vanos, JK., Ebi, K., Benmarhnia, T. (2019) Impact of heat on mortality and morbidity in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: a systematic review of the epidemiological evidence and considerations for future research. Environmental Research. 171, 80–91. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2019.01.010

Cakmak, S., Hebbern, C., Vanos, JK., Crouse, D., Tjepkema, M. (2019) Traffic density and mortality risk in the 1991–2011 Canadian Census Health and Environment Cohort (CanCHEC). Environment International. 124 (16–24). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2018.12.045

Vanos, JK., Kosaka, E., Iida, A., Yokohari, M., Middel, A., Scott-Fleming, I., Brown, R.D. (2019) The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Marathons: Spectator Thermal Comfort and Health in the Face of Extreme Heat. Science of the Total Environment. 657, 904-917 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.447.  

Zhao, N., Lui, Y., Vanos, JK., Cao, G. (2018) Day-of-week and seasonal patterns of PM2.5 concentrations over the United States: Time-series analyses using the Prophet procedure. Atmospheric Environment. 192, 116–127. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2018.08.050.

Herdt, A.J.*, Brown, R., Scott-Fleming, I., Cao, G., MacDonald, M., Henderson, D., Vanos, JK. (2018) Outdoor Thermal Comfort during Anomalous Heat at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Atmosphere. 9(8), 321. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos9080321

Kosaka, E., Iida, A., Vanos, JK., Middel, A., Yokahari, M., Brown, R. Microclimate Variation and Estimated Heat Stress of Runners in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Marathon. (2018) Atmosphere. 9(5), 192. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos9050192

Kalkstein, AJ, Kalkstein, LS, Dixon, PG., Vanos, JK, Eisenman, DP. (2018). Heat/Mortality Sensitivities in Los Angeles During Winter: A Unique Phenomenon in the United States. Environmental Health. 17(45). 

Vanos, JK., Middel, A., Poletti**, M., Selover, N. (2018). Pediatric Vehicular Hyperthermia: Heat Balance Modeling and the Role of Solar Radiation. Temperature. 5(23), 276-292.  https://doi.org/10.1080/23328940.2018.1468205

Cakmak, S., Hebbern, C., Pinault, L., Lavigne, E., Vanos, J.K., Crouse, D., Tjepkema, M. (2018) Associations between long-term PM2.5 and ozone exposure and mortality in the Canadian Census Health and Environment Cohort (CANCHEC) by spatial synoptic classification zone. Environment International, 111, 200–211. 

Joe, P.,  Belair, S., Bernier, N.B., Brook, J.R., Brunet, D., Bouchet, V. Burrows, W., Charland, J.P., Dehghan, A., Driedger, N., Duhaime, C., Evans, G., Frenette, R., Gultepe, I., Henderson, D., Herdt, A.,* Hilker, N., Huang, L., Hung, E., Isaac, G., Johnston, D.,  Jeon, CH., Klaassen, J., Leroyer, S., Lin, H., MacDonald, M., MacPhee, J., Mariani, Z., Reid, J., Robichaud, A., Rochon, Y., Sills, D., Shairsingh, K. Stroud, C., Su, Y. Taylor, N., Wang, J.M, Vanos, J.K., Voogt, J., Wiechers, T., Wren, S., Yang, H., Yip, T. (2018) The Pan-American Games Science Showcase Project. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 99 (5): 921–953. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0162.1

McGregor, G.R., Vanos, JK. (2018) Heat: A Primer for Public Health Researchers. Public Health. 161, 138–146. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2017.11.005

Hardin, AW*. Lui, Y., Cao, G. Vanos, JK. (2018). Urban Heat Island Intensity and Spatial Variability by Synoptic Weather Type in the Northeast U.S. Urban Climate. 24, 747–762. 

McKercher, GR*, Vanos, JK. (2018) Low-cost Mobile Air Pollution Monitoring in Urban Environments: A Pilot Study in Lubbock, Texas. Environmental Technology. 39(12):1505-1514. 

Vanos, JK. Herdt, LJ*. Lochbaum, M. (2017) Effects of Physical Activity and Shade on the Heat Balance and Thermal Perceptions of Children in a Playground Microclimate. Building and Environment. 126. 119-131. 

Allen, M, Vanos, JK, Hondula, DH, Vecellio, D, Knight, D, Mehdipoor, H, Lucas, R, Fuhrmann, C, Lokys, H. Lees, A, Tavares Nascimento, S. Lueng, A. Perkins, D. (2017) Supporting sustainability initiatives through biometeorology education and training. International Journal of Biometeorology. 61(1), 93–106. 

Kuras ER, Bernhard MC, Calkins MM, Ebi KL, Hess JJ, Kintziger KW, Jagger MA, Middel A, Scott AA, Spector JT, Uejio CK, Vanos JK, Zaitchik BF, Gohlke JM, Hondula DM (2017). Opportunities and Challenges for Personal Heat Exposure Research. Environmental Health Perspectives. DOI: 10.1289/EHP556.

Graham, D. Vanos, JK, Kenny, NA, Brown, RD. (2017). Modeling the effects of urban design on emergency medical response calls during extreme heat events in Toronto, Canada. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.14(7), 778. 

Hardin AW*, Vanos JK. (2017). The influence of urban surface type on the absorbed radiation by a human under hot conditions. International Journal of Biometeorology. 62(1), 43-56. 

Grundstein, AJ, Knox, J, Vanos, JK, Cooper, E. Casa, D. (2017) American Football and Fatal Exertional Heat Stroke: A Case Study of Korey Stringer. International Journal of Biometeorology. 61(8), 1471-1480. 

Zhao, N., Cao, G., Vanos, JK., Vecellio, DJ*. (2017) The Effects of Synoptic Weather on Influenza Infection Incidence: A Retrospective Study Utilizing Digital Disease Surveillance. International Journal of Biometeorology. 62(1), 69-84. 

McKercher, GR*, Salmond, JA, Vanos, JK. (2017). Characteristics and Applications of Small, Mobile Air Pollution Monitors: A Review. Environmental Pollution. 223, 102-110. 

Vanos, JK, McKercher, GR,* Naughton, K,** Lochbaum, M. (2017) Schoolyard Shade and Sun Exposure: Assessment of Personal Monitoring During Children’s Physical Activity. Photochemistry and Photobiology. 93(4):1123-1132. 

Liu, Y, Zhao, N, Vanos, JK, Cao, G. (2017) Effects of synoptic weather on ground-level PM2.5 concentrations in the United States. Atmospheric Environment. 148, 297-305. 

Solis, P., Vanos, JK., Forbis, R. (2017) The Decision-making / Accountability Spatial Incongruence Problem for Research linking Environmental Science and Policy. Geographical Review. 107(4), 680-704. 

Graham, A, Brown, RD, Vanos, JK, Kenny, NA. (2016) The relationship between neighbourhood tree canopy cover and heat-related ambulance calls during extreme heat events in Toronto, Canada. Urban Forestry Urban Greening. 20, 180-186. 

Cakmak, S, Hebbern, C, Crouse, D, Burnett, R. Vanos, JK. (2016). Ozone exposure and cardiovascular-related mortality in the Canadian Census Health and Environmental Cohort (CANCHEC) by Spatial Synoptic Classification Zone. Environmental Pollution. 214, 589-599. 

Cakmak, S., Hebbern, C, Cakmak, JD, Vanos, JK. (2016). The modifying effect of socioeconomic status on the relationship between traffic, air pollution, and respiratory health in elementary schoolchildren. Journal of Environmental Management. 177, 1-8. 

Dixon, PG., Allen, M., Gosling, SN., Hondula, DM., Ingole, V., Lukas, R., Vanos, JK. (2016)Perspectives on Synoptic Climate Classification and its Role in Interdisciplinary Research. Geography Compass10(4), 147-164. 

Vanos, JK., Middel, A., McKercher, GR.*, Kuras, ER.,** Ruddell, BL. (2016). A Multiscale Surface Temperature Analysis of Urban Playgrounds in a Hot, Dry City. Landscape and Urban Planning. 146, 29-42. 

Karner, A., Hondula, DM., Vanos, JK. (2015). Heat exposure and vulnerability during non-motorized travel: Implications for transportation policy under climate change. Journal of Transport & Health. 2(4), 451-459.

Hondula, DM., Balling, R., Vanos, JK., Georgescu, M. (2015). Rising Temperatures, Human Health, and the Role of Adaptation. Current Climate Change Reports. 1(3), 144-154. [IF: NA]

Brown, RD., Vanos, JK., Kenny, NA., Lenzholzer, S. (2015). Designing Urban Parks That Ameliorate the Effects of Climate Change. Landscape and Urban Planning. 138, 118-131. 

Vanos, JK. (2015). Children's Health and Vulnerability in Outdoor Microclimates: A Comprehensive Review. Environment International. 76, 1-15. 

Vanos, JK., Kalkstein, LS., Sanford, TS. (2015). Detecting Synoptic Warming Trends across the US Midwest and Implications to Human Health and Heat-Related Mortality. International Journal of Climatology. 35(1), 85-96. 

Vanos, JK., Cakmak, S., Kalkstein, LK., Yagouti, A. (2015). Association of weather and air pollution interactions on daily mortality in 12 Canadian cities. Air Quality, Atmosphere, and Health. 8 (3), 307-320. 

[10] Cakmak, S., Weichenthal, S., Kauri, LM., Mahmud, M., Van Ryswyk, K., Vanos, JK., Liu, L., Kumarathasan, P., Thomson, E., Vincent, R., Dales, R. (2014) Metal Composition of Fine Particulate Air Pollution and Acute Changes in Cardio-respiratory Physiology. Environment Pollution. 189. 208-214. 

Vanos, JK., Hebbern, C., Cakmak, S. (2014) Risk assessment for cardiovascular and respiratory mortality due to air pollution and synoptic meteorology in 10 Canadian cities. Environmental Pollution. 185, 322-332. 

Vanos, JK., Cakmak, S. Corben Bristow, C., Brion, V., Tremblay, N., Martin, SL., Sheridan, SC. (2013) Synoptic weather typing applied to air pollution mortality among the elderly in 10 Canadian cities. Environmental Research. 126, 66-75. 

Gosling, SN., Bryce, EK., Dixon, GP., Gabriel, KMA., Gosling, EY., Hanes, J., Hondula, DM., Liang, L., Mac-Lean, PAB., Muthers, S., Nascimento, ST., Petralli, M., Vanos, JK., Wanka, ER. (2014) A Glossary for Biometeorology. International Journal of Biometeorology. 58(2): 277-308. 

Vanos, JK., Cakmak, S. (2014) Changing air mass frequencies in Canada: Potential links and implications for human health. International Journal of Biometeorology. 58(2): 121-135. 

Hondula, DM., Vanos, JK., Gosling, SN. (2013). The SSC: A decade of climate-health research and future directions. International Journal of Biometeorology. 58(2): 109-120. 

Vanos, JK., Warland, JS., Gillespie, TJ., Slater, GA., Brown, RD., Kenny, NA. (2012). Human energy budget modeling in urban parks in Toronto, ON. and applications to emergency heat stress preparedness. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. 51(9): 1639-1653. 

Vanos, JK., Warland, JS., Gillespie, TJ., Kenny, NA. (2012). Improved predictive ability of climate-human-behaviour interactions with modifications to the COMFA outdoor energy budget model. International Journal of Biometeorology. 56(6), 1065-1074. 

Vanos, JK., Warland, JS., Gillespie, TJ., Kenny, NA. (2012). Thermal comfort modelling of body temperature and psychological variations of a human exercising in an outdoor environment. International Journal of Biometeorology. 56(1): 21-32.

Vanos, JK., Warland, JS., Gillespie, TJ., Kenny, NA. (2010). Review of the physiology of human thermal comfort while exercising in urban landscapes and implications for bioclimatic design. International Journal of Biometeorology. 54(4): 319-334. 

Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 581Synthesis for Sustainability
SOS 596Capstone: Scientific Paper
SOS 599Thesis
BDE 792Research
BDE 799Dissertation
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 394Special Topics
SOS 494Special Topics
GPH 494Special Topics
SOS 508Pathways to Sustainability
GPH 591Seminar
SOS 591Seminar
SOS 592Research
SOS 596Capstone: Scientific Paper
GPH 599Thesis
SOS 599Thesis
BDE 792Research
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
BDE 792Research
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 394Special Topics
SOS 499Individualized Instruction
SOS 581Synthesis for Sustainability
GPH 599Thesis
BDE 792Research
BDE 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 494Special Topics
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 589Community of Scholars
SOS 591Seminar
GPH 591Seminar
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 394Special Topics
SOS 499Individualized Instruction
SOS 581Synthesis for Sustainability
SOS 589Community of Scholars
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 494Special Topics
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 589Community of Scholars
SOS 591Seminar
GPH 591Seminar