Dr. Julia Gohlke

Population Health Sciences

Dr. Gohlke’s research focuses on the human health implications of global change. She utilizes spatial epidemiology and toxicology approaches to characterize environmental factors and their association with health outcomes. By combining birth and death records with satellite-derived datasets she is determining urban-rural differences in heat-related health outcomes in the Deep South as well as health outcomes associated with landscape change in Central Appalachia.  She is also examining toxicity of early life exposures in Daphnia pulex, while overlaying additional stressors such as temperature and food availability.  Ultimately, her research is aimed at informing environmental and public health policies to promote human health and wellbeing.

Dr. Gohlke is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at Virginia Tech and a faculty fellow at the Virginia Tech Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience.  She has served on several editorial and advisory boards related to environmental health issues. She served as an AAAS fellow in the U.S. Department of State Office of Global Change in 2009-2010.  She has taught graduate level courses in Environmental Health and Risk Assessment.

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Recent Publications

Schwartz TS, P Pearson, J Dawson, DB Allison, JM Gohlke. (2016). Effects of fluctuating temperature and food availability on reproduction and lifespan. Experimental Gerontology. In Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.exger.2016.06.010

Bernhard, MC, ST Kent, MA Sloan, MB Evans, McClure LA, JM Gohlke. (2015). Measuring personal heat exposure in an urban and rural environment. Environmental Research 137: 410-418.

Kent ST, McClure LA, Zaitchik BF, Smith TT, & JM Gohlke. (2014). Heat Waves and Health Outcomes in Alabama (USA): The Importance of Heat Wave Definition. Environ Health Perspect. 122(2): 151-8

Smith, TT, BF Zaitchik, JM Gohlke. (2013). Heat waves in the United States: definitions, patterns and trends. Climatic Change 118 (3-4): 811-825.

Bernhard, MC, MB Evans, ST Kent, E Johnson, SL Threadgill, SB Tyson, SM Becker, JM Gohlke (2013). Identifying environmental health priorities in underserved populations: a study of rural versus urban communities. Public Health 127 (11): 994-1004.

Gohlke JM, R Thomas, A Woodward, D Campbell-Lendrum, A Prüss-Üstün, S Hales, CJ Portier (2011). Estimating the global health implications of electricity and coal consumption. Environ Health Perspect. 119(6): 821-6