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Anthony Carpi
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Phone: (212) 237-8944
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Environmental Toxicology, Cornell University
Research Interests: Heavy metal transport, mercury chemistry, science education
Anthony is a Professor and Dean of Research at John Jay College. His two core research areas include investigating the transport and chemistry of mercury in the environment; and the effective teaching of scientific research skills to undergraduates. In regards to the first topic, his work focuses on the reduction and subsequent emission of mercury from soils and other surfaces, and his lab has made seminal contributions to the field being the first to identify light and specifically UV-B light as a driving mechanism of mercury reduction, and soil chemistry/humic matter as a co-influencing factor in this process. His work involves laboratory and field studies as well as computational modeling to examine bond transitions consistent with environmental driving factors. His work in the area of science education has focused on developing and evaluating new ways for delivering high quality scientific content through a website he founded In addition, he is the founder of one of the largest and most successful STEM mentoring programs at CUNY – PRISM – and has won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math, Science, and Engineering Mentoring for increasing the number and diversity of students moving on from John Jay and becoming professional scientists.

Recent Publications:
Carpi, A., Ronan, D. (2014) “Do Not Neglect the Ladder of Opportunity at Minority-Serving Colleges,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, §Commentary, November 24, 2014.

Carpi, A., Fostier, A.H., Santos, J.C., Gittings*, M., Orta , O.R. (2014) “Mercury emissions from soil following the loss of forest cover in the United States and Brazil,” Atmospheric Environment, 96:423-429.

Melendez-Perez, J.J., Fostier, A.H., Carvalho, J.A., Winmoller, C.C., Santos, J.C., Carpi, A. (2014) “Soil and biomass mercury emissions during a prescribed fire in the Amazonian rain forest,” Atmospheric Environment, 96:415-422.

Carpi, A., Lents, N.L. (2013) “Research by Undergraduates Helps Underfinanced Colleges as well as Students,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, §Diversity in Academe, October 28, 2013.

Carpi, A., Ronan, D.M., Falconer, H.M., Boyd, H.H., Lents, N.L. (2013) “Development and Implementation of Targeted STEM Retention Strategies at a Hispanic-Serving Institution,” Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 12(3):280-299.