Jonathan Buonocore, ScD

Research Scientist, Environmental Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Jonathan Buonocore, ScD, is the program leader for the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) climate, energy, and health team. His research interests are in evaluating the impacts, benefits, and tradeoffs of technology and policy choices in energy, transportation, agricultural practices, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. To assist in these evaluations, Buonocore develops tools that incorporate environmental risk assessment, life cycle assessment, and environmental economics with the goal of placing health, climate, environmental, and other outcomes into a framework to aid decision making.

Presently, Buonocore is working with the climate, energy, and health team to better understand the health and environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale. By exploring the tradeoffs between different technologies, methods of pollution control, and policy options, Buonocore and the team will develop research-based recommendations designed to help policymakers, leaders of industry, and Pennsylvania residents make decisions that support public health and a healthy environment.

Buonocore is also working with the HSPH Center for Health and the Global Environment faculty to estimate the health impacts of particulate exposure due to fires in Indonesia, including particulate matter that crosses international boundaries.

Buonocore received his doctoral degree from the HSPH. His dissertation work included developing a model that simulates the environmental and public health benefits of renewable energy installations and electrical efficiency measures. Buonocore also holds a master of science in industrial hygiene from the HSPH, and a bachelor of science in environmental science and policy from Clarkson University.


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