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E. Christian  Wells

E. Christian Wells

E. Christian Wells
Professor and Director: USF Center for Brownfields Research


Office: SOC 385
Phone: 813/974-2337



Ph.D., Anthropology, Arizona State University
M.A., Anthropology, Arizona State University
B.A., Anthropology, Archaeological Studies, and Latin American Studies, Oberlin College


Applied Anthropology, Economic Anthropology, Quantitative Methods, Advanced Quantitative Methods


I am an applied environmental anthropologist. Over the past 20 years I have conducted ethnographic, archaeological, and geoscience research throughout Central America and the Caribbean focused on issues related to human/environmental health, including environmental justice, sustainable and equitable development, landscape legacies, the fate and transport of inorganic chemicals in soils, water/wastewater management, and science-policy interactions.

Recent Articles

Mihelcic, J. R., C. C. Naughton, M. E. Verbyla, Q. Zhang, R. W. Schweitzer, S. M. Oakley, E. C. Wells, and L. M. Whiteford. 2016. The Grandest Challenge of All: The Role of Environmental Engineering to Achieve Sustainability in the World’s Developing Regions. Environmental Engineering Science 20, in press.

Wells, E. C., R. K. Zarger, L. M. Whiteford, J. R. Mihelcic, E. S. Koenig, and M. R. Cairns. 2016. The Impacts of Tourism Development on Perceptions and Practices of Sustainable Wastewater Management on the Placencia Peninsula, Belize. Journal of Cleaner Production 111:430-441.

Recent Grants

Mihelcic, J. R., E. C. Wells, M. Trotz, and C. McKayle. 2013-2017. “Context Sensitive Implementation of Synergistic Water-Energy Systems.” Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE), National Science Foundation; $3,920,644.

Zhang, Q., E. C. Wells, S. Mohebbi, X. Ou, and Q. Lu. 2016-2018. “Integrative Decision Making Framework to Enhance the Resiliency of Interdependent Critical Infrastructures.” Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP), National Science Foundation; $1,963,542.

Graduate Students

Jaine Danlag, Gabrielle Lehigh, Anthony Tricarico, Mathews Wakhungu, William Webb

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
61300ANG 7905018Directed Individual Study