Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


Coral-Safe Sunscreen »

North America - 2017

Coral reefs are enormously important for biodiversity, CO2 absorption, fisheries, and protection of coastlines from storm surges. Although corals are animals, they host photosynthetic algae in an essential symbiotic relationship. Corals face many threats, including rising seawater temperatures and pollution; exposure to sunscreens may be another. 

Respiratory Disease Solution »

Asia - 2017

Respiratory diseases are a leading cause of child death globally, killing approximately 1.3 million children per year. Poor indoor air quality is a major cause of these infections, and there are indications that improving ventilation could reduce respiratory illnesses. This project will develop and validate a computational framework for predicting...

Tobacco Labeling Assessment »

North America - 2017

With knowledge of tobacco’s harmful health effects, the prevalence of cigarette smoking in the U.S. has significantly declined. However, with population growth, the total number of smokers has remained relatively stable at around 40 million people. Cigarette smoking remains the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S.

Rethinking the Balance Between Future Obesity and Malnutrition with Climate Change »

Asia - 2010

The goal is to develop a computer model capable of evaluating nutrition-related health policies in India, taking into account the impact of climate change on agricultural production and food availability.

Groundwater discharge of wastewater contaminants across the land-sea interface: Law, policy, and science research aimed to improve coastal management  »

North America - 2008

Many coastal communities use on-site systems (“septic systems”) for treatment of wastewater. Effluent from septic systems is discharged to the coastal aquifer, where it can raise nutrient and pathogen levels in the groundwater. Discharge of septic-impacted groundwater to the coastal ocean is a threat to human and ecosystem health....

Fertilizer use and the epidemiology and evolution of cholera in Bangladesh »

Asia - 2007

This proposal examines another possible consequence of fertilzer-dependent intensive agriculture, the worsening of infectious disease epidemics by microbes that live in the same aquatic habitats that also harbor algae and other components of this complex ecosystem. One such infectious agent is Vibrio cholerae, the cause of asiatic cholera, a devastating...

Indoor air pollution and health in developing countries: An intervention study in Bangladesh »

Asia - 2006

This research represents a new interdisciplinary collaboration at Stanford to investigate the behavioral underpinnings of indoor air pollution in the developing world and to estimate its impact on human health. Researchers will work with a number of public agencies, private companies and NGOs.