Donald Axelrad, Ph.D

Associate Professor Environmental and Occupational Health
LOCATION: 203D FSH Science Research Center
EMAIL: donald.axelrad@famu.edu
PHONE: 850-412-5730
CV: Link to CV

EDUCATION
Biosketch

Donald M. Axelrad, Ph.D., serves as associate professor, Environmental and Occupational Health.

Through his lengthy career in environmental health science, Dr. Axelrad has become familiar with a breadth of topics including toxic chemicals, water pollution, air pollution, climate change, sustainable development, and the global decline of biodiversity.
Dr. Axelrad came to Florida A&M University, College of Pharmacy, Institute of Public Health in 2013, to teach Environmental Health and Environmental Toxicology. He is involved in research on exposure to neuro-toxic mercury by women of childbearing age, and lead exposure in children.

In his recent research, he has focused on children’s exposure to the neuro-toxic metal lead, sources, effects, and means of source reduction. Through his research, he has been able to find that there are significant socioeconomic and racial disparities in children’s lead exposure to be examined. He has recognized that excessive lead exposure in children is more prevalent than mercury exposure.

For several years, Dr. Axelrad has been involved in co-editing three volumes on “Mercury and the Everglades,”; the first volume published in June 2019 (ISBN: 978-3-030-20069-5), the second volume In Press (ISBN: 978-3-030-32056-0), and the third volume In Preparation.
Integrating 30 years of research on mercury in the Florida Everglades, these volumes discuss mercury sources to the ecosystem, meteorology, and atmospheric chemistry.

Notable Accomplishments

His research on exposure to mercury by women-of-childbearing age from eating mercury-contaminated fish will result in new recommendations to the Florida Department of Health on fish consumption guidelines.

His research on lead in drinking water in Leon County (Tallahassee, Florida) schools resulted in Leon County Schools adopting in 2019 a policy of filtering their drinking water, thus reducing lead exposure to 34,000 students.

Areas of Expertise
  • Mercury and Lead Neurotoxicity

  • Climate Change

  • Biodiversity

  • Sustainable Development

Professional Memberships
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)

  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

  • Select Publications
    Recent Books Edited and Book Chapters:

    1. Rumbold Darren G., Curtis D Pollman., Donald M. Axelrad. Editors. In Press. Mercury and the Everglades – A Synthesis and Model for Complex Ecosystem Restoration. Volume II: Aquatic Mercury and Bioaccumulation. Springer Nature Switzerland AG. ISBN: 978-3-030-32056-0

    2. Pollman Curtis D., Darren G. Rumbold, Donald M. Axelrad. Editors. 2019. Mercury and the Everglades – A Synthesis and Model for Complex Ecosystem Restoration. Volume I: The Evolution of the Everglades as a Perturbed Ecosystem and the Role of Atmospheric Mercury. Springer Nature Switzerland AG. ISBN 978-3-030-20069-5

    3. Axelrad D.M., Charles Jagoe, Alan Becker. In Press. Mercury and the Everglades. A Synthesis and Model for Complex Ecosystem Restoration. Volume II: Aquatic Mercury and Bioaccumulation. Chapter 11. Everglades Mercury: Human Health Risk. Springer Nature Switzerland AG. ISBN: 978-3-030-32056-0

    4. Axelrad D.M., Curtis D. Pollman, Darren G. Rumbold. 2019. Preface. Mercury and the Everglades. A Synthesis and Model for Complex Ecosystem Restoration. Volume I: The Evolution of the Everglades as a Perturbed Ecosystem and the Role of Atmospheric Mercury. Springer Nature Switzerland AG. Pp. vii-xv. ISBN: 978-3-030-20069-5

    Recent Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers

    5. Axelrad D.M., R.H. Saff, V.J.M. Salters, A. Becker, C. Jagoe, J. D. Owens, L. Ringenberg, D. Gbogbo, and O. Fasakin. 2018. Lead in Drinking Water in Schools in Tallahassee Florida – And a Call for Pediatricians to Support Actions to Reduce Children’s Lead Exposure. The Florida Pediatrician. Volume 37, Issue 1. Winter 2018. Pp. 6-14.

    6. Gabriel M.C., D. Axelrad, W. Orem, T. Z Osborne. 2015. Response to Julian et al. (2015) ‘‘Comment on and Reinterpretation of Gabriel et al. (2014) ‘Fish Mercury and Surface Water Sulfate Relationships in the Everglades Protection Area. Environmental Management. 55(6):1227-31. doi: 10.1007/s00267-015-0486-0

    7. Pollman C.D. and D.M. Axelrad (Corresponding). 2014. Mercury bioaccumulation factors and spurious correlations, Sci Total Environ, 496: vi–xii. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.07.050

    8. Pollman, C.D. and D.M. Axelrad (Corresponding). 2014. Mercury Bioaccumulation and Bioaccumulation Factors for Everglades Mosquitofish as Related to Sulfate: A Reanalysis of Julian II (2013). Bull. Env. Contam. Tox. 93(5): 509-16. doi: 10.1007/s00128-014-1384-5

    9. Becker, A. and D. Axelrad. 2014. Arsenic and type 2 diabetes: Commentary on article. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Arsenic and type 2 diabetes: commentary on association of inorganic arsenic exposure with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a meta-analysis by Wang et al. J Epidemiol Community Health. 68(5): 293-5. doi: 10.1136/jech-2013-203463

    10. Harris, R., Pollman, C., Hutchinson, D., Landing, W., Axelrad, D., Morey, S.L., Dukhovskoy, D., and Vijayaraghavan, K. 2012. A screening model analysis of mercury sources, fate and bioaccumulation in the Gulf of Mexico. Env. Res. 119: 53–63.

Research Interest
  • Women’s and children’s mercury and lead exposure