Robert C. Spear
PH 150B Introduction to Environmental Health (Sp)
PH 270A Exposure Assessment and Control (F)
Robert Spear research group: http://ehs.sph.berkeley.edu/china/
Dr. Spear's research interests focus on the assessment and quantification of human exposures
to toxic and hazardous agents in the environment, principally the occupational
- Mathematical modeling of toxicological and infectious processes
- Statistical issues in exposure assessment
Ongoing research projects:
Dr. Robert Spear is an engineer by training, having received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Engineering Science and Mechanical Engineering, respectively, from the University of California at Berkeley and the Ph.D. degree in Control Engineering from Cambridge University in 1968. After several years in the aerospace industry his interests turned to environmental issues and he returned to Berkeley in 1970 to take up a post-doctoral position in this field in the School of Public Health. He was appointed to a faculty position in 1971 and is now Professor of Environmental Health Sciences.
His research interests focus on the assessment and quantification of human exposures to toxic and hazardous agents in the environment, principally the occupational environment. His early work concerned the exposure of agricultural workers to pesticides. In more recent years his work has concerned applications of mathematical and statistical techniques in the assessment and control of exposures to both chemical and biological agents. His current work in this area is in collaboration with colleagues both at Berkeley and at the Sichuan Institute of Parasitic Disease focused on determinants of the incidence and control of schistosomiasis in the mountainous regions of Sichuan Province in southwestern China. In addition to dynamic systems analysis, this work involves applications of geographic information systems and remote sensing technology.
Dr. Spear is the founding Director of the University's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and has served as Associate Dean of the School of Public Health and of the College of Engineering at Berkeley. He has served on a variety of committees advisory to the government and to industry as well as within the University. \He has authored or co-authored over 100 papers in the scientific literature.