Baltimore Ecosystem Study, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Emma J. Rosi, PhD is an ecosystem ecologist and senior scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook NY, where she serves as the director of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES), a National Science Foundation Long Term Ecological Research site. Dr. Rosi is advancing the understanding of how land use, urbanization, and climate change shape freshwater ecosystems, with projects exploring environmental contaminants such as pharmaceutical and personal care products, aging wastewater infrastructure, environmental implications of agricultural GMOs, and the effects of dams. Dr. Rosi is a leader in the field of novel and emerging freshwater contaminants and serves on the Ecological Processes and Effects Committee of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. She also sits on the editorial board of the journal Ecosystems and is a reviewer for the National Science Foundation. As part of BES, Rosi is exploring the role that failing wastewater infrastructure plays in polluting streams and creating antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs.’ She is also revealing how prescription and illicit drugs enter our waterways.