Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta

Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta
Assistant Professor
Saguaro Hall, 310
Office Phone: 
(520) 621-0091
(520) 621-1647

Dr. Ramirez-Andreotta has a PhD in Soil, Water and Environmental Science from the University of Arizona (UA) that focused on integrating the fundamentals of environmental science, human exposure assessment, and developing methods for achieving environmental health justice. She also has a Masters of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University, and undergraduate degrees in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Photography.

 Dr. Ramirez-Andreotta was the winner of the 14th annual Karen Wetterhan Award from National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

9/2013 12/2014. Northeastern University, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

1/2013 8/2013. Northeastern University, Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

12/05 1/2010. The University of Arizona, Superfund Research Program, Coordinator, Research Translation

7/04 – 12/05. The University of Arizona, Flandrau Science Center, Senior Instructional Specialist and Community Outreach Coordinator

6/03 – 5/04. Columbia University, School of Public and International Affairs, Deputy Manager and Project Leader, Applied Earth Systems Management

12/02 – 5/03. Center for Creative Photography, Curatorial Assistant

8/99 – 12/02. Center for Creative Photography, Student Education Assistant

8/99 – 12/01. National Optical Astronomy Observatory/National Solar Observatory,

Student Assistant in the Education and Outreach Department



Dr. Ramirez-Andreotta's research interests include environmental contamination and soil/food quality and phytotechnologies to improve soil and air quality. In parallel, she is building citizen science programs to increase public participation in environmental health research, developing low cost environmental monitoring tools to improve exposure estimates, and designing effective risk communication and report-back strategies that will improve environmental health literacy.She is dedicated to early academic outreach to underrepresented students and engaging underserved communities whose lives are affected by environmental health issues with increasing prevalence.


For her dissertation project, Gardenroots she conducted a controlled greenhouse study along with a co-created citizen science program to characterize the uptake of arsenic by homegrown vegetables near a Superfund site in Arizona and designed graphically-rich materials to report the data back to participants.


  • A greenhouse and field-based study to determine the accumulation of arsenic in common homegrown vegetables grown in mining-affected soils. Sci Total Environ. 2013 Jan 15;443:299-306. Click here to download PDF.
  • Home gardening near a mining site in an arsenic-endemic region of Arizona: Assessing arsenic exposure dose and risk via ingestion of home garden vegetables, soils, and water. Sci Total Environ. 2013 June 1;454-455:373–382. Click here to download PDF.
  • Building a co-created citizen science program with gardeners n
    eighboring a Superfund site: The Gardenroots case study.
    In: International Public Health Journal, 7(1); 139-153.
  • Environmental Research Translation: enhancing interactions with communities at contaminated sites. Sci Total Environ. 2014 Nov 1;497-498:651. Click here to download a PDF.