Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health


Crystal's focus is in environmental science and environmental epidemiology with research that entails a national assessment of the impact of climate change on chronic respiratory disease prevalence. She is interested in exposure assessment, environmental science translational research, and technical writing; particularly translating scientific findings to promote sustainability and positive environmental and public health outcomes. Her prior experiences include extensive laboratory research in environmental remediation and catalyst products with years of regulatory compliance in air and radiation protection at the state level. 

Education and Training

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences, 2016
University of Maryland College Park

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management, 2010
Kennesaw State University

Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Environmental Science, 2006
Spelman College


Honors and Awards

U.S. EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellow (2014-2016)

Awarded an EPA Star Fellowship to complete research on the effects of climate change on populations with chronic respiratory diseases across the US. Dr. Amir Sapkota (Advisor)


Upperman, C.R., Parker, J., Akinbami, L.J., Jiang, C., He, X., Murtugudde, R., Curriero, F.C., Ziska, L., and Sapkota, A., 2016. Exposure to Extreme Heat Events Is Associated with Increased Hay Fever Prevalence among Nationally Representative Sample of US Adults: 1997-2013. JACI: In Practice,

Upperman, C.R., Parker, J., Jiang, C., He, X., Murtugudde, R. and Sapkota, A., 2015. Frequency of Extreme Heat Event as a Surrogate Exposure Metric for Examining the Human Health Effects of Climate Change. PloS one, 10(12), p.e0144202.

Akerlof, K.L., Delamater, P.L., Boules, C.R., Upperman, C.R. and Mitchell, C.S., 2015. Vulnerable Populations Perceive Their Health as at Risk from Climate Change. International journal of environmental research and public health, 12(12), pp.15419-15433.

Jiang, C., Shaw, K.S., Upperman, C.R., Blythe, D., Mitchell, C., Murtugudde, R., Sapkota, A.R. and Sapkota, A., 2015. Climate change, extreme events and increased risk of salmonellosis in Maryland, USA: Evidence for coastal vulnerability. Environment international, 83, pp.58-62.