About Us


We are scientists, public health professionals and gardeners who are trained and or work in the Department of Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH)

Directing Faculty

Wendy Heiger-Bernays, PhD

Wendy Heiger-Bernays is a current Associate Professor at Boston University’s School of Public health. The goal of her teaching is provide graduate students the core concepts for professional Environmental Health work, while combining a scientific perspective with a practical emphasis. Her current research work encompasses issues in soil safety and risk assessment. ┬áHer objective is translating this research into cost-effective best-practices. She serves on technical advisory committees for toxicological issues at both the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the US Environmental Protection Agency and as chair of her local board of health. She is actively engaged with the gardening community, whether digging in her own garden, or holding workshops for gardeners–practicing and educating safer gardening. She is an avid cyclist and enjoys hiking in her spare time.

Current MS or MPH Public Health Students:

Jade Tabony

Emily Wanzer

Ashley Miller

Edmarie Martinez Rodriguez

MPH Graduates:

Patrice Barrett

Baram (Ramy) Kim

Sadie Richards

Catriona Wilkey



H. Patricia Hynes

Patricia Hynes is a retired Professor from the Department of Environmental Health at BUSPH. Her community-based environmental work at BUSPH (1995-2009) has provided the practical foundation and inspiration for many of our past and ongoing projects.