David Holstius serves as a Senior Advanced Projects Advisor for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. He is interested in community-engaged, cross-disciplinary research strategies for spatially dense monitoring that can improve scientific understanding and regulation of urban emissions and human population exposures.

David holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation, supervised by Profs. Edmund Seto and Kirk R. Smith and conducted in collaboration with the BEACON project directed by Prof Ronald C. Cohen, focused on the construction, validation, and integration of new sensing technologies with established methods and frameworks for estimating neighborhood-scale concentrations and exposures to spatially distributed sources of urban air pollution. He also holds a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Michigan State.

Dissertation: Monitoring particulate matter with commodity hardware [15 MB PDF]

Twitter: @holstius
LinkedIn: davidholstius

Research and professional interests

  • Direct observation of urban plumes using commodity hardware (low-cost sensors)
  • Scalable modeling of emissions and transport in near-roadway environments
  • High-performance computing and spatiotemporal modeling in R
  • Participatory approaches to research, planning, and design
  • Cumulative impacts and health disparities

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