Rosenstiel School

Helena M. Solo-Gabriele

Helena M. Solo-Gabriele

Professor Department of Ocean Sciences

Physical Mailing Address:
University of Miami,
College of Engineering,
1251 Memorial Drive, McArthur Engineering Building Room 252,
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Tel: 305.284.2908

Dr. Solo-Gabriele’s research has focused on evaluating the relationship between the environment and human health. Her research has spanned diverse areas including evaluating the impacts of chemicals in the environment and evaluating the impacts of microbial contaminants in coastal zones. Her research on metals/pesticides has focused on quantifying the releases of wood treatment preservatives (arsenic, chromium, copper, zinc and boron), evaluating oil spill chemicals, and polychlorinated biphenyls in coastal systems. Dr. Solo-Gabriele’s research in microbial contaminants focuses on evaluating the water – sand interface, evaluating microbial contaminants in that area and the conditions under which microbes are released from this zone.

Ferguson, A., and Solo-Gabriele, H., 2016.   Editorial Children’s Exposure to Environmental Contaminants: An Editorial Reflection of Articles in the IJERPH Special Issue Entitled, “Children’s Exposure to Environmental Contaminants” Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(11), 1117; doi: 10.3390/ijerph13111117

Black, J.C., Welday, J.N., Buckley, B., Ferguson, A., Gurian, P.L., Mena, K.D., Yang, I., McCandlish, E., Solo-Gabriele, H.M., 2016. Risk assessment for children exposed to beach sands impacted by oil spill chemicals. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(9), 853.

Klaus, J.S., Kourafalou, V.H., Piggot, A.M., Reniers, A., Kang, H., Kumar, N., Zahran, E.M., Bachas, L.G.,  Fernandez, A., Gardinali, P., Toborek, M., Daunert, S., Deo, S. and Solo-Gabriele, H.M., 2016.  Potential Impacts of PCBs on Sediment Microbiomes in a Tropical Marine Environment.  Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 4(13).  doi:10.3390/jmse4010013

Feng, Z., Reniers, A., Haus, B.K., Solo-Gabriele, H.M., Kelly, E.A., 2016.  Wave energy level and geographic setting correlate with Florida beach water quality. Marine Pollution Bulletin,  104(1-2): 54-60. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.02.011.

Aranda, D., Lopez, J.V., Solo-Gabriele, H.M., and Fleisher, J.M., 2016. Using Probabilities of Enterococci Exceedance and Logistic Regression to Evaluate Long term Weekly Beach Monitoring Data.  Journal of Water and Health, 14.1: 81-89. doi: 10.2166/wh.2015.030

McGowan, F., Thorndyke, M., Solo-Gabriele, H., and Fleming, L.E., 2016. Oceans and human health. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 96(1): 1-3.  doi: 10.1017/S0025315415001939.

Solo-Gabriele, H.M .,  Harwood, V.J., Kay, D., Fujioka, R.S., Sadowsky, M.J., Whitman, R.L., Wither, A., Caniça, M., Carvalho da Fonseca, R., Duarte, A., Edge, T.A., Gargaté, M.J., Gunde-Cimerman, N., Hagen, F., McLellan, S.L., Nogueira da Silva, A., Novak Babič, M., Prada, S., Rodrigues, R., Romão, D., Sabino, R., Samson, R.A., Segal, E., Staley, C., Taylor, H.D., Veríssimo, C., Viegas, C., Barroso, H., Brandão, J.C., 20165. Beach Sand and the Potential for Infectious Disease Transmission: Observations and Recommendations.  Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 96(1):  101-120.  doi: 10.1017/S0025315415000843

Kumar, N., Ramirez-Ortiz, D., Solo-Gabriele, H.M., Treaster, J.B., Carrasquillo, O., Toborek, M., Deo, S., Klaus, J., Bachas, L.G., Whitall, D., Daunert, S., Szapocznik, J., 2016. Environmental PCBs in  Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico: implications for community health. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23:2003–2013. doi: 10.1007/s11356-015-4913-9

Romão, D., Sabino, R., Veríssimo, C., Viegas, C., Barroso, H., Duarte, A., Solo-Gabriele, H., Gunde-Cimerman, N., Novak Babič, M., Marom, T., Brandão, J., 2015.  Children and Sand Play: Screening of Potential Harmful Microorganisms in Sandboxes, Parks, and Beaches.  Current Fungal Infection Reports, 9: 155-163.  doi: 10.1007/s12281-015-0230-5

Fujioka, R.S., Solo-Gabriele, H.M., Byappanahalli, M.N., Kirs, M., 2015. U.S. Recreational Water Quality Criteria: A Vision for the Future. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(7):7752-7776. doi: 10.3390/ijerph120707752.

Bonilla, J.A., Bonilla, T.D., Abdelzaher, A.M., Scott, T.M., Lukasik, J., Solo-Gabriele, H.M., Palmer, C.J., 2015. Quantification of Protozoa and Viruses from Small Water Volumes.   Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 12: 7118-7132; doi:10.3390/ijerph120707118

Feng, Z., Reniers, A., Haus, B.K., Solo-Gabriele, H.M., Wang, J.D., Fleming, L.E., 2015.  A predictive model for microbial counts on beaches where intertidal sand is the primary source.  Marine Pollution Bulletin, 94: 37-47.

Whitman, R.L.,  Harwood, V.J., Edge, T.A., Nevers, M.B., Byappanahalli, M.,  Vijayavel, K., Brandão, J., Sadowsky, M.J., Wheeler Alm, E., Crowe, A., Ferguson, D., Ge, Z., Halliday, E., Kinzelman, J., Kleinheinz, G., Przybyla-Kelly, K., Staley, C., Staley, Z., Solo-Gabriele, H.M., 2014.  Microbes in beach sands: integrating environment, ecology and public health.  Rev Environ Sci Biotechnol, 13:329–368

Sabino, R., Rodrigues, R., Costa, I., Carneiro, C., Cunha, M., Duarte, A., Faria, N., Ferreira, F.C., Gargaté, M.J., Júlio, C., Martins, M.L., Nevers, M.B., Oleastro, M., Solo-Gabriele, H., Veríssimo, C., Viegas, C., Whitman, R.L., Brandão, J., 2014.  Routine screening of harmful microorganisms in beach sands: Implications to public health. Science of the Total Environment 472: 1062–1069

Phillips, M.C., Feng, Z., Vogel, L.J.,  Reniers, A.J.H.M, Haus, B.K., Enns, A.A., Zhang, Y., Hernandez, D.B., Solo-Gabriele, H.M., 2014.  Microbial Release from Seeded Beach Sediments during Wave Conditions.  Marine Pollution Bulletin, 79: 114–122

Hernandez, R.J., Y. Hernandez, N.H. Jimenez, A.M. Piggot, J.S. Klaus, Z. Feng, A. Reniers, and H.M. Solo-Gabriele, 2014. Effect of full-scale beach renovation on fecal indicator levels in shoreline sand and water, Water Research, 48, 579-591.

Plano, L.R.W., Shibata, T., Garza, A.C., Kish, J., Fleisher, J., Sinigalliano, C.D., Gidley, M.L., Withum, K., Elmir, S.M., Hower, S., Jackson, C.R., Barrett, J.B., Cleary, T., Davidson, M., Davis, J., Mukherjee, S., Fleming, L.E., and Solo-Gabriele, H.M., 2013.  Human-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus from a Subtropical Recreational Marine Beach. Microb Ecol. 2013 May;65(4):1039-51. Epub 2013 Apr 4.

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