An interview with Dr. Emma J. Rosi: On ecosystem effects of pharmaceutical contamination

Rashi Jeeda* and Prachetas Jai Patel*

Edited by Laura Shupp

Interview | Aug. 31 2023

*Emails: rjeeda@mit.edu and prachejp@buffalo.edu

DOI: 10.38105/spr.74q3nss5qz

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Article Summary

MIT Science Policy Review spoke with Dr. Emma J. Rosi to better understand how commonly used pharmaceutical and personal care products enter freshwater ecosystems, as well as the challenges this contamination introduces for ecosystem health and policy development. Dr. Emma J. Rosi is a well-established aquatic ecologist with over 20 years of research experience in aquatic ecosystems. She is currently a senior scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, where she spearheads a research group that is working to understand how pharmaceutical and personal products impact the health of rivers in the context of current wastewater infrastructure and urbanization. She also contributes her expertise to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a member of its Science Advisory Board. Moreover, she was the Director of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES), a National Science Foundation Long Term Ecological Research Site. She discusses the challenges and opportunities that could potentially face policymakers working towards preserving the health of aquatic ecosystems in urban environments.

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Rashi Jeeda

Department of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Prachetas Jai Patel

Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY