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Christine Costello

by krr5072 Mar 26, 2020
Christine Costello

Assistant Professor of Industrial Ecology

Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

College of Agricultural Sciences

Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute

105 Agricultural Engineering
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-7792

Education:

  1. PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  2. MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  3. BS, Environmental Engineering Technology, Temple University

Biography:

Chris Costello joined Penn State in December 2019 as an assistant professor of industrial ecology in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and a research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute.

Her core areas of expertise include quantifying the environmental impacts of agricultural and food systems and simulating future hydrology and crop responses under a changing climate to anticipate adaptive management needs. She is motivated in her work by a faith that humanity can and will choose to optimize the systems we create to improve quality of life for all humans as well as the ecosystems that support them.

Prior to joining Penn State, Costello was an assistant professor in the department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering and an assistant research professor in Biological Engineering at the University of Missouri. She also held courtesy appointments in civil and environmental engineering and the Truman School of Public Affairs at Mizzou.

She received her BS in environmental engineering technology from Temple University, her MS and PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. She has worked as a consultant to industry for environmental remediation projects and as an intern with the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3 and Headquarters.