Claire Dust


MSPH student, 2019 - present

Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7431


Room: 006 Rosenau Hall

Office Phone : 919-843-2869

e-mail: cedust@live.unc.edu









Advisor(s): Dr. Marc Serre, Dr. Jill Stewart

Awards: NIOSH Traineeship Recipient. (2020), The Linda West Little Research Endowment in Waste Management (2019), The David Allison Fraser Scholarship Fund (2019), and The Charles M. and Shirley F. Weiss Fund for Environmental Sciences and Engineering (2019)

·       BS, Integrative Biology Honors and Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019

Current Project

·       Space/time exposure mapping of fecal coliforms and coliphages in North Carolina groundwater and surface water. More specifically, this involves modeling, via geostatistics, the concentration of coliforms and the viruses which infect them, coliphages, measured in private wells in select counties. These coliforms are often the result of fecal contamination, and coliphages can be a useful indicator of water purification techniques’ efficiency at removing viral microbes. Additionally, the research is aiming to determine if there is a link between fecal contamination and various point sources such as septic tanks, flooding, CAFOs, and more.