Professor Meredith Franklin joins the School of the Environment

September 1, 2021 by Kiran Champatsingh

We are excited to welcome Professor Meredith Franklin, jointly appointed with the Department of Statistical Sciences, to the School of the Environment. Professor Franklin will be teaching ENV452 Environmental Science Seminar: Current Topics in Environmental Science and JSC370 Data Science II. “I chose the school of environment because of the interdisciplinary nature of the faculty and students, with whom I hope to foster exciting collaborative research opportunities,” says Franklin.

Franklin holds numerous research grants from NASA, the Health Effects Institute, and National Institutes of Health. Currently she is a committee member of the American Geophysical Union’s GeoHealth Section and an editor for the Remote Sensing journal. Franklin studied mathematics (B.Sc. McGill 2001), statistics (M.Sc. Carleton 2003), and environmental statistics (Ph.D. Harvard 2007). Before coming to the University of Toronto she was faculty at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Her research interests are at the intersection of statistics, data science, and the environment with the goal of better quantifying and understanding how the environment affects human health. She specializes in spatio-temporal methods for ground-level measurements and remote sensing data to characterize environmental factors such as air pollution, climate, and the built environment.

“I am passionate about teaching and was the founding director of the Health Data Sciences program at the University of Southern California. I have extensive experience developing and teaching courses in statistics, data science, and environmental health.”