Rachel Rosenberg Goldstein
Building: School of Public Health

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Water Quality, Outreach, and Wellness (WOW) Lab
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Dr. Rachel Rosenberg Goldstein is a water quality specialist, analyzing the microbial quality of a variety of water types and produce grown with that water, the most effective ways to communicate about these issues, and the perceptions and behaviors related to water use. She is the co-project director for Extension and Outreach in CONSERVE, a USDA-funded Center of Excellence at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food, & Health. Dr. Goldstein is currently working on projects evaluating the safety of harvested rainwater for produce irrigation, measuring neural responses to water reuse videos, and determining the use of gardening as a stress management technique. She previously worked as an environmental communications specialist, consulting with the US Environmental Protection Agency. She received a PhD in Toxicology and Environmental Health and an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Maryland, and a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Education and Training

Ph.D. Toxicology and Environmental Health, University of Maryland, College Park (2013)

M.P.H. Environmental Health Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park (2010)

B.A. Environmental Studies, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2005)


MIEH 600: Foundations of Environmental Health

Honors and Awards
  1. College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Cornerstone Award: Optimize Urban Environments Through Design, Green Technology, and Community Engagement. Rachel Rosenberg Goldstein and the Rooftop Runoff Irrigating Produce Eaten Raw (RRIPER) Program. May 13, 2020.
  2. Video Communication Award, National Finalist, National Association County Agricultural Agents (NACAA), May 2020
  3. Video Communication Award, State Winner, National Association County Agricultural Agents (NACAA), April 2020
  4. University of Maryland Bioscience & Technology Review Day Family, Community and Public Health Poster Winner, November 2012
  5. “Engaged Me” Award, Priester National Extension Health Conference, Washington, DC, April 2012
  6. Student Scholarship, Priester National Extension Health Conference, Washington, DC, April 2012
  7. Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health Fellowship, November 2011 – May 2013
  8. University of Maryland Bioscience & Technology Review Day Water Quality and Management Poster Winner, College Park, MD,  November 2011
  9. APHA Environment Section Student Scholarship, October 2011
  10. University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health, Student Research Interaction Day Poster Award, September 2011
  11. University of Maryland Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship, Fall 2010 –May 2013
  12. Dean’s Fellowship, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, Fall 2010 – May 2013
  13. Delta Omega, Gamma Zeta Chapter, Honorary Public Health Society, 2011
  14. Maryland Water Resources Research Center 2010 Summer Fellowship, University of Maryland, College Park, May-August, 2010
  15. Dean’s Graduate Scholar, University of Maryland, College Park, March 2010
  16. University of Maryland Bioscience & Technology Review Day Family, Community and Public Health Poster Award, College Park, MD, November 2009
  17. American Public Health Association Environment Section's Student Achievement, 2009
  18. Poster Award, APHA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November 2009
  19. Phi Beta Kappa, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, May 2005
  20. NSF REU Interdisciplinary Watershed Program, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, Summer 2003



Refereed Journal Articles

1.    Gerdes M, Suri MR, and Rosenberg Goldstein RE. 2020. Traditional approaches for educating farmers about nontraditional water: Evaluating preferred outreach, education, and methods for alleviating concerns. Journal of Environmental Management. 270.

2.    Gerdes M, Cruz-Cano R, Ammons SA, Allard S, Sapkota AR, Micallef SA, and Rosenberg Goldstein RE. Sampling Frequency Impacts on E. coli Geometric Mean for Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Water Testing Requirements. [In Preparation].

3.    Dery JL, Rosenberg Goldstein R, Onumajuru C, Brassill N, Zozaya S, Suri MR, Rock, CM. 2019. Understanding Grower Perceptions and Attitudes on the Use of Nontraditional Water Sources, Including Reclaimed Water, in the Semi-Arid Southwest. Environmental Research. 170: 500-509.

4.    Dong Y, Jiang C, Suri MR, Pee D, Meng L, Rosenberg Goldstein RE. 2019. Groundwater level changes in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, 2002-2016. Environmental Research. 171: 193-203

5.    Suri MR, Dery JL, Pérodin J, Brassill NA, He X, Rock CM, Rosenberg Goldstein RE. 2019. Agricultural adaptation for climate change: U.S. farmers' perceptions and willingness to use nontraditional water sources for agricultural irrigation. Environmental Research. 172: 345-357.

6.    Murray RT, Rosenberg Goldstein RE, Maring EF, Pee DG, Aspinwall K, Wilson SM, Sapkota AR. 2018. Prevalence of Microbial and Chemical Contaminants in Private Drinking Water Wells in Maryland, USA. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15(8): 1686.

7.    Kulkarni P, Olson N, Paulson J, Pop M, Maddox C, Claye E, Rosenberg Goldstein R, Sharma M, Gibbs S, Mongodin E, Sapkota AR. 2018. Conventional wastewater treatment and reuse site practices modify bacterial community structure but do not eliminate some opportunistic pathogens in reclaimed water. Sci Total Environ. 639: 1126-1137.

8.    Kulkarni P, Olson ND, Raspanti GA, Rosenberg Goldstein RE, Gibbs SG, Sapkota A, Sapkota AR. 2017. Antibiotic Concentrations Decrease During Wastewater Treatment But Persist At Low Levels in Reclaimed Water. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 14 (668).

9.    Goldstein RR, Lara M. Kleinfelter, Xin He, Shirley A. Micallef, Ashish George, Shawn G. Gibbs, Amy R. Sapkota. 2017. Higher prevalence of coagulase-negative staphylococci carriage among reclaimed water spray irrigators. Sci Total Environ, 595: 35-40.

10.    Rosenberg Goldstein RE, Cruz-Cano R, Jiang C, Palmer A, Blythe D, Ryan P, Hogan B, White B, Dunn JR, Libby T, Tobin-D’Angelo M, Huang JY, McGuire S, Scherzinger K, Ting Lee M-L and Sapkota AR. 2016. Association between community socioeconomic factors, animal feeding operations, and campylobacteriosis incidence rates: Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), 2004–2010. BMC Infectious Diseases 16:354.

11.    Carey SA, Rosenberg Goldstein RE, Gibbs SG, Claye E, He X, and Sapkota AR. 2016. Occurrence of vancomycin-resistant and -susceptible Enterococcus spp. in reclaimed water used for spray irrigation. Environmental Research. 147: 350–355.

12.    Rosenberg Goldstein RE, Micallef SA, Gibbs SG, He X, George A, Sapkota A, Joseph SW and Sapkota AR. 2014. Occupational Exposure to Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus spp. among Spray Irrigation Workers Using Reclaimed Water. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 11(4): 4340-4355

13.    Shaw KS, Rosenberg Goldstein RE, He X, Jacobs JM, Crump BC, Sapkota AR. 2014. Antimicrobial susceptibility of Vibrio vulnificus and Vibrio parahaemolyticus recovered from recreational and commercial areas of the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland Coastal Bays. PLOS ONE 9(2): e89616.

14.    Rosenberg Goldstein RE, Micallef SA, Gibbs SG, George A, Claye E, Sapkota A, Joseph SW, and Sapkota AR. 2014. Detection of Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) at Four U.S. Wastewater Treatment Plants that Provide Effluent for Reuse. Science of the Total Environment. 466-467:404-11.

15.    Micallef SA, Rosenberg Goldstein RE, George A, Ewing L, Tall BD, Boyer MS, Joseph SW, Sapkota AR. 2013. Diversity, Distribution and Antibiotic Resistance of Enterococcus spp. Recovered from Tomatoes, Leaves, Water and Soil on Mid-Atlantic Farms. Food Microbiology. 36(2):465-74.

16.    Pasturel BZ, Cruz-Cano R, Rosenberg Goldstein RE, Palmer A, Blythe D, Ryan P, Hogan B, Jung C, Joseph SW, Wang MQ, Ting Lee M-L, Puett R, and Sapkota AR. 2013. Rurality, Presence of Broiler Operations, and Community Socioeconomic Factors Influence the Risk of Campylobacteriosis in Maryland. American Journal of Public Health. 103(12):2267-75.

17.    Rosenberg Goldstein RE, Micallef SA, Gibbs SG, Davis JA, George A, Kleinfelter LM, Schreiber NA, Mukherjee S, Sapkota A, Joseph SW, and Sapkota AR. 2012. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Detected At Four U.S. Wastewater Treatment Plants. Environmental Health Perspectives. 120(11): 1551-1558.

18.    Jean-Gilles Beaubrun J, Cheng C, Chen K, Ewing L, Wang H, Agpaoa MC, Huang MJ, Dickey E, Du JM, Williams-Hill DM, Hamilton B, Micallef SA, Rosenberg Goldstein RE, George A, Joseph SW, Sapkota AR, Jacobson AP, Tall BD, Kothary MH, Dudley K and Hanes DE. 2012. The evaluation of a PCR-based method for identification of Salmonella enterica serotypes from environmental samples and various food matrices. Food Microbiology. 31(2):199-209.

19.    Micallef SA, Rosenberg Goldstein RE, George A, Kleinfelter LM, Boyer MS, McLaughlin CR, Estrin A, Ewing L, Jean-Gilles Beaubrun J, Hanes DE, Kothary MH, Tall BD, Razeq JH, Joseph SW, and Sapkota AR. 2012. Occurrence and Antibiotic Resistance of Multiple Salmonella Serotypes Recovered from Water, Sediment and Soil on Mid-Atlantic Tomato Farms. Environmental Research. 114:31-9.

20.    Sapkota AR, Coker ME, Rosenberg Goldstein RE, Atkinson NL, Sweet SJ, Sopeju PO, Ojo MT, Otivhia E, Ayepola OO, Olajuyigbe OO, Shireman L, Pottinger PS, Ojo KK. 2010 Self-medication with antibiotics for the treatment of menstrual symptoms in southwest Nigeria: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health. 10:610.

Refereed Extension Publications
1.    Lazur, A. and Rosenberg Goldstein RE. With Buildings Preparing to Reopen, It’s Time to Think About Stagnant Water and Health Risks. FS-0542. University of Maryland Extension.

2.    Suri MR, Pee D, and Rosenberg Goldstein RE. Water Quality and Food Safety: Understanding Factors Impacting Surface Water Quality Relevant for the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. FS-1093. University of Maryland Extension.

3.    Suri MR, Goeringer LP, and Rosenberg Goldstein RE. How Do I Use Reclaimed Municipal Water on My Farm? A Review of Maryland Class IV Reclaimed Water Guidelines. FS-1100. University of Maryland Extension.

4.    Suri MR, Ammons S, and Rosenberg Goldstein RE.  Will They Buy It? Consumer Willingness to Pay for Agricultural Products Irrigated with Recycled Water: A Review of Recent Studies. FS-1105. University of Maryland Extension.

5.    Suri MR and Rosenberg Goldstein RE. Watering Seeds of Change with Rainwater: An Innovative Partnership for Environmental and Social Improvement in Maryland. FS-0495. University of Maryland Extension.

6.    Suri MR and Rosenberg Goldstein RE. Putting Recycled Water to Work in Maryland Agriculture. FS-0496. University of Maryland Extension.