Nora Traviss, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Environmental Studies
Science Center 355
Mailstop 2001
Tel: 603-358-2974
Email: ntraviss@keene.edu

Areas of Expertise: Biodiesel fuel exposure assessment, ambient air monitoring, particulate matter and air toxics exposure assessment, chemical risk management, environmental and occupational health, and community based participatory research.

Research: Dr. Traviss' current research and scholarship focuses on an examination of the impact of biodiesel fuel on occupational and environmental exposures. She works with members of the community and Keene State College undergraduate students from multiple disciplines to collect data on the impact of biodiesel fuel on workplace and near field air quality. She and her students also evaluate other local community air pollution concerns, such as wintertime woodsmoke community exposure. Before coming to Keene State College, Dr. Traviss worked in the chemical process industries as an engineer and Environmental Health Safety Manager for over 12 years, and brings a strong background of hazardous materials and chemical risk management to the classroom. She is committed to policy efforts that are sensitive to integrating both protection of the environment and protection of worker health. Her current research, supported by a recent National Institutes of Health grant, focuses on Biodiesel and Petroleum Diesel Exposure Profiles and Public Health Consequences.

Traviss, N. 2008. Integration of Analysis and Deliberation to Evaluate Biodiesel Occupational and Environmental Exposures. Dissertation. Antioch University New England.

Traviss, N., Thelen, B.A., Ingalls, J. and Treadwell, M. 2010. Biodiesel vs. Diesel: A Pilot Study Examining Exhaust Exposures for Employees at a Rural Municipal Facility. Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, 60: 1026-1033.

Traviss, N., Thelen, B.A., Ingalls, J, Treadwell, M. 2012. Evaluation of biodiesel's impact on real-world occupational and environmental particulate matter exposures at a municipal facility in Keene, NH. Air Quality and Atmospheric Health, 5 (1): 101-114.

Traviss, N. 2012. Breathing Easier? The known impacts of biodiesel on air quality. Biofuels 3 (3): 285-291.