Jennifer Runkle

Jennifer Runkle

Environmental Epidemiology, Population Vulnerability to Climate Change Phone: +1 828 257 3030 Email: jrrunkle@ncsu.edu Orcid: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4611-1745 Highlights 2015

Biography

Dr. Jennifer Runkle is an Environmental Epidemiologist with wide-ranging experience translating science into action-based solutions for a variety of stakeholders. Dr. Runkle has worked alongside communities on important population health issues of concern, including the impact of a technological disaster on access to medical care and occupational exposure to chemicals on reproductive health. Her most recent work as a postdoctoral fellow in Occupational & Environmental Exposures at Emory University examined chemical exposure and heat stress in farmworker populations and implemented novel strategies to assess health risks and decrease exposure to these environmental stressors.  

Dr. Runkle joined NCICS in November 2014 as a Research Associate to provide science and editorial support for the USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment (2016). She is a contributing author on the Impacts of Extreme Events on Human Health chapter of the report and a lead author on the NOAA State Summary for the National Climate Assessment project. While at NCICS and as a new member of the Center for Human Health and the Environment’s (CHHE) Population Health team, Dr. Runkle has been broadening her research interests to include the investigation of population vulnerability to the health effects of climate change and variability. In particular, she has been piloting the use of wearable sensor technology as a new exposure-assessment tool for large-scale epidemiologic surveillance efforts to monitor health and environmental exposures. Recently, she launched a multi-site pilot study in collaboration with Appalachian State University and Mississippi State University to explore the use of low-cost personal monitoring devices to characterize occupational exposure to heat in outdoor workers.  

Publications

2018

Runkle, J., E.R. Svendsen, M. Hamann, R. Kwok, and J. Pearce, 2018: Population Health Adaptation Approaches to the Increasing Severity and Frequency of Weather- Related Disasters Resulting From our Changing Climate: A Literature Review and Application to Charleston, South Carolina. Current Environmental Health Reports. http://doi.org/10.1007/s40572-018-0223-y

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, and L. Stevens, 2018: Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-PR, 4 pp. https://statesummaries.ncics.org/pr

Runkle, J., M. Sugg, D. Boase, S. Galvin, and C. Coulson, 2018: Wearable sensors for continuous pregnancy health and environmental monitoring: From a Patient and Provider Perspective. Digital Health, accepted.

Sugg, M. M., C. M. Fuhrmann, and J. D. Runkle, 2018: Temporal and spatial variation in personal ambient temperatures for outdoor working populations in the southeastern USA. International Journal of Biometeorology, 62, 1521-1534. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00484-018-1553-z

Thompson, L., M. Sugg, and J. Runkle, 2018: Adolescents in crisis: A geographic exploration of help-seeking behavior using data from Crisis Text Line. Social Science & Medicine, 215, 69-79. http://doi.10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.08.025

Thompson, L., M. Sugg, and J. Runkle, 2018: Report-back for geo-referenced environmental data: A case study on personal monitoring of temperature in outdoor workers. Geospatial Health, 13, 56-65. http://dx.doi.org/10.4081/gh.2018.629

2017

Kunkel, K., R. Frankson, J. Runkle, S. Champion, L. Stevens, D. Easterling, and B. Stewart, 2017: State Climate Summaries for the United States. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., J. Flocks, J. Economos, and A. L. Dunlop, 2017: A systematic review of Mancozeb as a reproductive and developmental hazard. Environment international99, 29-42.

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, L. Stevens, and R. Frankson, 2017: Alabama State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-AL, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, S. Champion, B. Stewart, and D. Easterling, 2017: Arkansas State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-AR, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, S. Champion, D. Easterling, B. Stewart, R. Frankson, and W. Sweet, 2017: Connecticut State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-CT, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, D. Easterling, R. Frankson, S. Champion, B. Stewart, W. Sweet, D. Leathers, and A.T. DeGaetano, 2017: Delaware State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-DE, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, S. Champion, R. Frankson, B. Stewart, and W. Sweet, 2017: Florida State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-FL, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, R. Frankson, S. Champion, and L. Stevens, 2017: Idaho State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-ID, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, S. Champion, R. Frankson, and B. Stewart, 2017: Kentucky State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-KY, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, S. Champion, R. Frankson, B. Stewart, and A.T. DeGaetano, 2017: Maine State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-ME, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, D. Easterling, B. Stewart, S. Champion, R. Frankson, and W. Sweet, 2017: Maryland State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-MD, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, R. Frankson, D. Easterling, A.T. DeGaetano, B. Stewart, and W. Sweet, 2017: Massachusetts State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-MA, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, R. Frankson, D. Easterling, and S. Champion, 2017: Minnesota State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-MN, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, S. Champion, R. Frankson, and B. Stewart, 2017: Mississippi State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-MS, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, S. Champion, and D. Easterling, 2017: Nevada State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-NV, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, D. Easterling, R. Frankson, and B. Stewart, 2017: New Hampshire State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-NH, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, S. Champion, R. Frankson, B. Stewart, and W. Sweet, 2017: New Jersey State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-NJ, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, D. Easterling, B. Stewart, S. Champion, L. Stevens, R. Frankson, and W. Sweet, 2017: Rhode Island State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-RI, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, L. Stevens, R. Frankson, B. Stewart, and W. Sweet, 2017: South Carolina State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-SC, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, D. Easterling, L. Stevens, B. Stewart, R. Frankson, and L. Romolo, 2017: Tennessee State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-TN, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, J. Nielsen-Gammon, R. Frankson, S. Champion, B. Stewart, L. Romolo, and W. Sweet, 2017: Texas State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-TX, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, S. Champion, and L-A. Dupigny-Giroux, 2017: Vermont State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-VT, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, L. Stevens, S. Champion, B. Stewart, R. Frankson, and W. Sweet, 2017: Virginia State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-VA, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, R. Frankson, and B. Stewart, 2017: West Virginia State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-WV, 4 pp. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

2016

Bell, J. E., S. C. Herring, L. Jantarasami, C. Adrianopoli, K. Benedict, K. Conlon, V. Escobar, J. Hess, J. Luvall, C. P. Garcia-Pando, D. Quattrochi, J. Runkle, and C. J. Schreck, III, 2016: Ch. 4: Impacts of Extreme Events on Human Health. The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, U.S. Global Change Research Program, 99–128. http://dx.doi.org/10.7930/J0BZ63ZV

2014

Runkle, J. D., J. Flocks, J. Economos, J. A. Tovar-Aguilar, and L. McCauley, 2014: Occupational Risks and Pregnancy and Infant Health Outcomes in Florida Farmworkers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11, 7820-2840. http://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph110807820

2013

Flocks, J., V. Vi Thien Mac, J. D. Runkle, J. A. Tovar-Aguilar, E. Economos, and L. McCauley, 2013: Female Farmworkers’ Perceptions of Heat-related Illness and Pregnancy Health. Journal of Agromedicine, 18, 350-358. http://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2013.826607

McCauley, L., J. D. Runkle, J. Samples, B. Williams, J. F. Muniz, M. Semple, and N. Shadbeh, 2013: Oregon Indigenous Farmworkers: Results of Promotor Intervention on Pesticide Knowledge and Organophosphate Metabolite Levels. Journal of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, 55, 1164-70. http://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0b013e31829b28e4

Runkle, J. D., J. A. Tovar-Aguilar, E. Economos, J. Flocks, B. Williams, J. F. Muniz, M. Semple, and L. McCauley, 2013: Pesticide Risk Perception and  Biomarkers of Exposure in Florida Female Farmworkers. Journal of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, 55, 1286-92. http://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182973396

Runkle J., H. Zhang, W. Karmaus, A. Martin, and S. Svendsen, 2013: Long-term impact of environmental public health disaster on health system performance: experiences from the Graniteville, South Carolina chlorine spill. Southern Medical Journal, 106, 74-81. http://doi.org/10.1097/SMJ.0b013e31827c54fc

2012

Runkle J., A. Martin, H. Zhang, W. Karmaus, and S. Svendsen, 2012: Secondary Surge Capacity: A Framework for Understanding Long-Term Access to Primary Care for Medically Vulnerable Populations in Disaster Recovery. American Journal of Public Health, 102, e24-e32. http://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2012.301027

Runkle J., H. Zhang, W. Karmaus, A. Martin, and S. Svendsen, 2012: Prediction of Unmet Primary Care Needs for the Medically Vulnerable Post-Disaster: An Interrupted Time-Series Analysis of Health System Response. International Journal of Environmental Research in Public Health, 9, 3384-3397. http://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph9103384

Svendsen E., J. Runkle, C. Mazzoli, and V. R. Dhara, 2012. Epidemiologic lessons learned from Environmental Public Health Disasters: Chernobyl, the World Trade Center, Bhopal, and Graniteville, South Carolina.  International Journal of Environmental Research in Public Health, 9, 2894-2909.http://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph9082894

2010

Davis J., S. Wilson, A. Brock-Martin, S. Glover, and E. Svendsen, 2010. The Impact of Disasters on Populations with Health and Healthcare Disparities. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 4, 30-38. http://doi.org/10.1017/S1935789300002391

2009

Brandt, H.,  P. A. Sharpe, D. H. McCree, M. S. Wright, J. Davis, and B. Hutto, 2009: HPV Vaccine Acceptance in a Clinic-based Sample of Women in the Rural South. American Journal of Health Education, 40, 174-180. http://doi.org/10.1080/19325037.2009.10599092

Teas J., M. E. Baldeon, D. E. Chiriboga, J. R. Davis, A. J. Sarries, and L. E. Braverman, 2009: Could dietary seaweed reverse the metabolic syndrome? Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 18, 145-54. http://apjcn.nhri.org.tw/server/APJCN/18/2/145.pdf

2006

Brandt, H.M., M. V. Modayil, D. Hurley, L. A. Pirisi-Creek, M. G. Johnson, J. Davis, S. P. Mathur, and J. R. Hebert, 2006: Cervical cancer disparities in South Carolina, 2006: An update of early detection, special programs, descriptive epidemiology, and emerging directions. Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association, 102, 223-30.

Presentations

2018

Jennifer Runkle participated in Blue Ridge Public Radio’s October 11th, 2018 “The State of Things” broadcast discussion on climate change. http://www.bpr.org/post/climate-change-experts-planning-planet-flux

Thompson, L. C., M. M. Sugg, J. R. Runkle, 2018: Adolescents in Crisis: A Spatial Exploration of Mental Distress Using Data from Crisis Text Line. Appalachian State University’s Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors, Boone, NC, April 2018.

Sugg, M. M., J. R. Runkle, C. M. Fuhrmann, and S. Stevens, 2018: Continuous Monitoring of Individual Exposure in Extreme Thermal Environments: A Participatory Geo-Sensing Study. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New Orleans, LA, April 2018.

Thompson, L.C., M. M. Sugg, J. R. Runkle, 2018: Adolescents in Crisis: A Spatial Exploration of Mental Distress Using Data from Crisis Text Line. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New Orleans, LA, April 2018.

2017

Runkle, J., M. Sugg, C. Fuhrmann, and S. Stevens, 2017: Personal Monitoring of Individual Temperature Experience in Outdoor Workers Using Wearable Sensors. Oral presentation at the 2017 International Society of Exposure Science Annual Meeting, Research Triangle Park, NC, Oct. 15-19, 2018.

Runkle, J., M. Sugg, C. Fuhrmann, and S. Stevens, 2017: Use of Wearable Sensor Technology as a Surveillance Tool to Measure Climate-related Changes in Heat Exposure among Outdoor Workers. Roundtable presentation at the American Public Health Association 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo, Atlanta, GA, Nov. 4-8, 2017.

Thompson, L. C., M. M. Sugg, J. R. Runkle, and C. M. Fuhrmann, 2017: Reporting Back Environmental Exposures: A Case Study of Environmental Health Literacy and Individual Experienced Temperature among Grounds Maintenance Workers. Celebration of Student Endeavors, Boone, NC, April 2017.

Stine, W., M. M. Sugg, and J. R. Runkle, 2017: Spatiotemporal Patterns of Mental Stress across the United States. Celebration of Student Endeavors, Boone, NC, April 2017.

Fuhrmann, C., M. Sugg, J. Runkle, and S. Stevens, 2017: Personal Monitoring of Occupational Heat Exposure among Grounds Management Workers: Preliminary Results from Three University Campuses. 97th American Meteorological Society, Seattle, WA, Jan. 23-26, 2017

Fuhrmann, C., M. Sugg, J. Runkle, and S. Stevens, 2017: Extreme Heat II: Understanding the Social, Physiological, and Climatological Mechanisms Driving Health Outcomes in Extreme Heat. 97th American Meteorological Society, Seattle, WA, Jan. 23-26, 2017.

Stevens, L., S. M. Champion, K.E. Kunkel, R. Frankson, J.D. Runkle, B. C. Stewart, D. R. Easterling, L. Sun, J. Griffin, and S. Veasey,  2017: NOAA’s State Climate Summaries for the National Climate Assessment: State-level Trends in Temperature and Precipitation. 97th American Meteorological Society, Seattle, WA, Jan. 23-26, 2017.

2016

Thompson, L., M. Sugg, J. Runkle, and C. Fuhrmann, 2016: Reporting Back Environmental Exposures: A Case Study of Environmental Health Literacy and Individual Experienced Temperature among Ground Maintenance Workers. 71st Annual South Eastern Division of the Association of American Geographers Meeting, Columbia, SC, Nov. 20-22, 2016.

M. Sugg, J. Runkle, C. Fuhrmann, and S. Stevens, 2016: Individual Experienced Heat Exposure among Grounds Management Workers across Three Geographic Regions. 71st Annual Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers Meeting, Columbia, SC, Nov. 20-22, 2016.

J. Runkle, 2016: The Use of Wearable Sensors to Address A Data Gap in Climate-change related Human Exposures. Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, April 2016.

J. Runkle, 2016: Impact of Climate Change on Human Health: An Epidemiological Perspective. Department of Public Health Services, Medical University of South Carolina, , Charleston, SC, September 2016.

J. Runkle, 2016: Climate Change Impacts on Public Health. Applied Climatology Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC, August 2016.

J. Runkle, 2016: The Climate Change Connection to Your Health. Department of Geography and Planning Seminar Series, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, October 2016.

J. Runkle and T. Maycock, 2016: Climate & Health. Asheville Museum of Science’ Science Pub Fall Series, The Collider, Asheville, NC, October 2016.

J. Runkle, 2016: Coastal Vulnerability to Climate-Related Extreme Events: A Population Health Perspective. Keynote Speaker for Coastal Health Initiative. East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, November 2016.

2015

Maycock, T., and J. Runkle, 2015: Climate and Health Assessment and related TSU activities. NCEI Branch Seminar, National Centers for Environmental Information, Asheville, NC, July 28, 2015.