Lecturer and Research Affiliate

As an interdisciplinary environmental health social scientist, the foundation of my work lies within the research specializations of sustainability science, environmental health, and environmental sociology. I draw on theories and tools from these subdisciplines, but also from anthropology, environmental justice, environmental and medical history, environmental psychology, environmental studies, and public health sciences. My research focuses on two areas regarding the interplay between human health and the environment: 1) the socio-ecological consequences of medical care (or, how human health-seeking behaviors impact the environment), and 2) the human health benefits of nature contact (or, how the environment impacts human health).



Vatovec, Christine. 2023. Dying Green: A Journey Through End-of-Life Medicine in Search of Sustainable Health Care. Rutgers University Press.

Selected Publications

Vatovec, Christine, Corey Evans, Emily Van Wagoner. 2017. Investigating sources of pharmaceutical pollution: Survey of over-the-counter and prescription medication purchasing, use, and disposal practices among university students. Journal of Environmental Management (198): 348-352.

Vatovec, Christine, Patrick Phillips, Emily Van Wagoner, Tia-Marie Scott, and Edward Furlong. 2016. Investigating dynamic sources of pharmaceuticals: Demographic and seasonal use are more important than down-the-drain disposal in wastewater effluent in a University City setting. Science of The Total Environment (572) 906-914.

Vatovec, Christine. 2016. Making Biodiversity Stewardship Tangible using a Place-based Approach. In: Byrne L (ed) Learner-centered Teaching Activities for Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Springer.

Berkman, Amy, Amy Trentham-Dietz, Kim Dittus, Vicki Hart, Christine Vatovec, Ted A. James, Susan G. Lakoski, Brian L. Sprague. 2015. Health Behavior Change Following a DCIS Diagnosis: An Opportune Teachable Moment to Improve Outcomes. Preventive Medicine 80:53-59.

Vatovec, Christine, Mujde Erten, Jane Kolodinsky, Phil Brown, Marie Wood, Ted James, Brian L. Sprague. 2014. Ductal carcinoma in situ: a brief review of treatment variation and impacts on patients and society. Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression 24(4): 281–286.

Christine Vatovec

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional programs: Environmental Studies, Natural Resources
Research: Human health and the environment, socio-ecological consequences of medical care, health benefits of nature contact, ethnographic methods


  • Ph.D. 2010 University of Wisconsin
  • M.S. 2002 University of Minnesota
  • B.S. 1998 Cornell University


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Office Location:

303C Aiken Center

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