Jack Caravanos

Professor Emeritus
Environmental, Occupational, and Geospatial Health Sciences
Dr. Jack Caravanos is Clinical Professor of Global Environmental Public Health at the College of Global Public Health at NYU.
He received his Master’s Degree in Environmental Health Engineering from NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering and proceeded to earn his DrPH from Columbia University in 1984. He is an author on over 35 scientific publications and 3 textbooks. He has been an invited speaker at several international environmental and occupation health conferences and is recognized as a global expert on toxic waste sites in low income countries.Dr. Caravanos is board certified in industrial hygiene (CIH) and prides himself as being a practicing field-based environmental and occupational health scientist. Since 2005, he has worked with the international non-profit Pure Earth (formerly Blacksmith Institute) helping to create its Toxic Site Inventory Program. He has traveled worldwide assessing lead exposures at used lead-acid battery recycling facilities and pottery manufacturing as well as mercury exposures from artisanal and small-scale gold mining. He has extensive experience in heavy metal assessment using X-ray fluorescence (XRF) Lead Detection technology and LeadCare II Blood testing equipment. In addition to his full time faculty appointment at NYU, he is the Director of Research at Pure Earth where he coordinates and facilitates scientific manuscript preparation based on assessment and remediation projects.
Research Interests
Artisanal Gold Mining, Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-based Programs, Environmental Public Health Services, Global Health, Lead poisoning