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Dr Susanne Steinle

Susanne is a Research Scientist working in the Exposure Science Section of our Research Division. She is currently involved in a variety of projects regarding air pollution and environmental and occupational exposures.

Recently Susanne has worked with volunteers at the exposome in family homes (HEALS) and assessing the feasibility of personal air quality sensors and apps (CitieSense). This work also included aspects of participatory science, self-administered data collection and the feeding back of results.

Further studies Susanne is involved in include efficiency testing of respiratory protective equipment (diesel emissions (APIC-ESTEE) and volcanic ash (HIVE)) in a laboratory environment. These projects include the testing of the actual material as well as a volunteer study.

Susanne is also involved in occupational exposure work having visited paint companies and boat yards for exposure measurements (chemicals and nanomaterials).

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 Qualifications:

  • MSc in Geography, Meteorology/Climatology and Geology, University of Freiburg, Germany,
  • PhD in Geography, University of Exeter & NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Society Membership:

  • International Society of Exposure Science 

Research interests:

  • air quality, including its effects on human health and ecosystems
  • human exposure to environmental contaminants
  • efficiency testing of respiratory protective devices in air quality crises
  • industrial and occupational exposure

Selected Publications:

Steinle S, Reis S, Sabel CE, Semple S, Twigg MM, Braban CF, Leeson SR, Heal MR, Harrison, D, Lin C. and Wu H, (2015) Personal exposure monitoring of PM2.5 in indoor and outdoor microenvironments. Science of The Total Environment, 508, 383-394.

Reis S, Steinle S, Morris G, Fleming LE Cowie H, Hurley F, Dick J, Smith RI, Austen M, White M, Beck S, Depledge MH (2013) Integrating Health & Environmental Impact Analysis. Public Health.

Steinle S, Reis S, Sabel C (2013) Quantifying human exposure to air pollution - moving from static monitoring to spatio-temporally resolved personal exposure assessment. Science of The Total Environment 443, 184–193.

Cherrie, J.W., Apsley, A., Cowie, H., Steinle, S., Mueller, W., Lin, C., Horwell, C.J., Sleeuwenhoek, A. and Loh, M., 2018. Effectiveness of face masks used to protect Beijing residents against particulate air pollution. Occup Environ Med, 75(6), pp.446-452. 

Mueller, W., Horwell, C.J., Apsley, A., Steinle, S., McPherson, S., Cherrie, J.W. and Galea, K.S., 2018. The effectiveness of respiratory protection worn by communities to protect from volcanic ash inhalation. Part I: Filtration efficiency tests. International journal of hygiene and environmental health. 

Steinle, S., Sleeuwenhoek, A., Mueller, W., Horwell, C.J., Apsley, A., Davis, A., Cherrie, J.W. and Galea, K.S., 2018. The effectiveness of respiratory protection worn by communities to protect from volcanic ash inhalation; Part II: Total inward leakage tests. International journal of hygiene and environmental health.