Anthony Carpi

Anthony Carpi

Anthony Carpi
Professor/Dean of Research
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1997  PhD    Cornell University (Environmental Toxicology)
1993  MS      Cornell University (Environmental Toxicology)
1986  BS       Boston College (Chemistry)
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Anthony  is a Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Dean of Research at John Jay College. He has a diverse portfolio of grant and research experience, having secured more than $20 million in funding from agencies including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Energy, NY State Education Department, and others. As Dean of Research, he has pushed the College to adopt industry-standard best practices to improve the support, assessment, and dissemination of faculty-led research initiatives and has overseen the growth in the College's external grant portfolio by more than 50%. His personal research focuses on understanding the chemistry of mercury in the environment, and on the design and evaluation of novel methods for improving science education at the College and secondary school level. He is a strong advocate of undergraduate research, having created the College’s first and largest undergraduate mentoring program. And in 2011, was awarded a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math, and Engineering Mentoring for the affect these efforts have had on improving opportunities for underrepresented students in science.

Scholarly Work

Selected Recent Publications

Carpi, A., Ronan, D.M., Falconer, H.M., Lents, N.L. (expected 2016) “Cultivating Minority Scientists: Undergraduate Researcher Increases Self-Efficacy and Career Ambitions for Underrepresented Students in STEM,” Journal of Research in Science Teaching, accepted with revision, 2016.

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[1], 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.

Egger, A. E. and Carpi, A., (2013) Revealing data in science: Using and teaching about data-based graphics for analysis and display, pg. 211-238, in Finson, K. D. and Pederson, J., eds., Visual Data and its Use in Science Education; Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing


[1] Denotes student co-author.

Research Summary

Anthony's research falls into two distinct lines. His laboratory 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 including the identification of light and specifically UV-B light as a driving mechanism of mercury reduction, and the contribution of humic matter as a co-influencing factor in this process. This work involves laboratory and field studies, and he has served as a Fulbright scholar in Campinas, Brazil in this role. His work in science education centers on developing and evaluating new ways for delivering high quality scientific content through a website he founded He is also founder of one of the largest and most successful STEM mentoring programs at CUNY – PRISM – and studies the role that research mentoring plays on the retention and success of underrepresented students in science.

Area of Expertise

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General areas of expertise include: Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology, and Science Education. Specific areas of chemistry research include the bio-geochemical cycle of mercury and the potential impact of climate change on the environmental transport and transformation of mercury. Science education expertise includes promoting research and reasoning skills in the classroom and in mentored relationships, with a special emphasis on minority student entry into STEM fields.

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