Research Profile

Christie Nicole Godsmark

Biography

Dr Christie Godsmark is a Lecturer and Researcher at the School of Public Health and the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork. Christie's PhD was in applied human physiology in extreme environments and her technical expertise is on heat and human thermoregulation. Christie's work in climate- and environmental-health began at the University of Cape Town in South Africa where she engaged with sub-national government to develop a climate change and health adaptation plan. Christie's research interests in Ireland focus on environmental health, with a particular focus on climate change and health considering vulnerable populations and community engagement in adaptation and mitigation efforts.
Twitter: @CNGodsmark

Research Interests

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Communication and Action through Tree-planting for Climate-HealthIrish Research Council01-MAY-2030-JUN-21€4,808.00
Poisoned Communities: Building environmental health practitioners’ capacity to promote sustainable pest control in Cape Town’s poor communities (Role: co-investigator)Other: Not Listed01-JUN-1731-MAR-18€4,982.00

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2020)'Emerging climate change-related public health challenges in Africa: A case study of the heat-health vulnerability of informal settlement residents in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania'
Pasquini, L; van Aardenne, L; Godsmark, CN; Lee, J; Jack, C (2020) 'Emerging climate change-related public health challenges in Africa: A case study of the heat-health vulnerability of informal settlement residents in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania'. Science of The Total Environment, 747 [DOI] [Details]
(2020)'Inspiring climate action without inducing climate despair. (Comment article)'
Godsmark CN (2020) 'Inspiring climate action without inducing climate despair. (Comment article)'. The Lancet. Planetary Health, 4 (5) [DOI] [Details]
(2020)'Heat-health vulnerability in temperate climates: lessons and response options from Ireland'
SK Paterson and CN Godsmark (2020) 'Heat-health vulnerability in temperate climates: lessons and response options from Ireland'. Globalization And Health, 16 (29):1-17 [DOI] [Details]
(2019)'Part of the solution - an engaged scholarship approach for the sustainable reduction of street pesticides and poisonings'
Godsmark CN;Rother HA; (2019) 'Part of the solution - an engaged scholarship approach for the sustainable reduction of street pesticides and poisonings'. Global Public Health, 14 (10):1535-1545 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'Priority focus areas for a sub-national response to climate change and health: A South African provincial case study. (Review article)'
Godsmark CN, Irlam J, van der Merwe F, New M and Rother H-A (2018) 'Priority focus areas for a sub-national response to climate change and health: A South African provincial case study. (Review article)'. Environment International, 122 (1):31-51 [Details]
(2018)'Moisture vapour permeable gloves extends thermal endurance and safe work time more than other similarly permeable chemical-biological ancillary items'
Godsmark CN, Tipton MJ, Dennis M and House JR (2018) 'Moisture vapour permeable gloves extends thermal endurance and safe work time more than other similarly permeable chemical-biological ancillary items'. Ergonomics, [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Effects of acute pre-treatment with ethanolamine on isoprenaline-induced myocardial infarction in adult Wistar rats'
Garson CN, Blackhurst D, Gwanyanya A and Kelly-Laubscher RF (2016) 'Effects of acute pre-treatment with ethanolamine on isoprenaline-induced myocardial infarction in adult Wistar rats'. South African Heart Journal,   [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'Lack of cardioprotection by single-dose magnesium prophylaxis on isoprenaline-induced myocardial infarction in adult Wistar rats'
C. Garson and R. Kelly-Laubscher and D. Blackhurst and A. Gwanyanya (2015) 'Lack of cardioprotection by single-dose magnesium prophylaxis on isoprenaline-induced myocardial infarction in adult Wistar rats'. Cardiovascular Journal of Africa, 26 (6):242-249 [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2020)'Emerging climate change-related public health challenges: the potential impacts of temperature rise on health in Dar es Salaam'
Pasquini L, van Aardenne L, Lee J, Godsmark CN and Jack C (2020) 'Emerging climate change-related public health challenges: the potential impacts of temperature rise on health in Dar es Salaam' In: Breaking Cycles of Risk Accumulation in African Cities. UN-Habitat: United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).   [Details]
(2020)'The Impact of Extreme Weather Events on Health and Development in South Africa'
CN Godsmark & J Irlam (2020) 'The Impact of Extreme Weather Events on Health and Development in South Africa' In: Extreme Weather Events and Human Health. Cham: Springer.   [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2015)Extreme Physiology & Medicine
Christie Garson and Michael J. Tipton and James R. House (2015) Making chemical & biological protective gloves vapour permeable reduces thermoregulatory strain better than making armour, respirator or overboots permeable Extreme Physiology & Medicine   [DOI] [Details]
(2012)Annual Meeting of the International Society for Heart Research North American Section
Garson C, Blackhurst DM, Bugarith K, Gwanyanya A and Kelly-Laubscher RF (2012) The effects of acute ethanolamine administration on isoprenaline-induced myocardial infarction in adult Wistar rats Annual Meeting of the International Society for Heart Research North American Section   [DOI] [Details]
(2015)Extreme Physiology & Medicine
Christie Garson and Michael Dennis and Michael J. Tipton and James R. House (2015) Individual and cumulative benefits of making body armour and chemical & biological protective gloves, respirator and overboots from moisture vapour permeable materials Extreme Physiology & Medicine   [DOI] [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2018Honorary Lecturer at the University of Cape Town University of Cape Town

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2018)Adaptations Futures – International Climate Change Adaptation Conference,
Godsmark CN and Rother H-A (2018) A methodological framework for assisting governments in preparing local strategies for adaptation to climate change impacts on health. [Poster Presentation], Adaptations Futures – International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, Cape Town, South Africa . [Details]
(2018)Adaptations Futures – International Climate Change Adaptation Conference,
Godsmark CN, Willems B, Irlam J and Rother H-A (2018) Assessing projected health impacts of climate change in the Western Cape, South Africa. [Poster Presentation], Adaptations Futures – International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, Cape Town, South Africa . [Details]
(2014)International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance,
Dennis M, Tipton MJ, House JR (2014) A partitioned approach to reducing thermoregulatory strain whilst wearing fully encapsulating chemical protective equipment and exercising in desert-like conditions. [Poster Presentation], International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, United States of America . [Details]
(2009)Ergonomics Society of Southern Africa,
Garson C, Goebel M, Mattison M (2009) The effects of psycho-emotional pressure on the perception of muscular fatigue and discomfort. A study of surgeons during a cesarean section. [Oral Presentation], Ergonomics Society of Southern Africa, South Africa . [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
School of Public Health Teaching and Curriculum Committee Member2018 /
School of Public Health Ethics Committee Member2018 /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer17-SEP-18 /

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2020University College Cork Postgraduate CertificateTeaching and Learning in Higher Education
2016University of Portsmouth DoctoratePhysiology
2012University of Cape Town Master of Science in MedicineCardiovascular Physiology
2009Rhodes University Bachelor of Science HonoursHuman Kinetics and Ergonomics
2008Rhodes University Bachelor of ArtsPsychology; Human Kinetics and Ergonomics

Other Activities

 Description

INVITED SPEAKER
Event: Plant-based Doctors Ireland (Feb 2020)
Topic: The environmental burden of our food 

INVITED SPEAKER
Event: Royal College of Physicians Ireland (Jan 2020)
Topic: Masterclass on Climate Change and Health

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Event: Cork Healthy Cities EcCoWell (Sep 2019) 
Topic: Responding to the greatest challenge of our time: climate change co-benefits and maladaptation (Access: https://corkhealthycities.com/climate-change-health/)

INVITED SPEAKER
Event: West Cork Food Forum (Sep 2019)
Topic: Feeding 10 billion in the Anthropocene

RTE BRAINSTORM
CN Godsmark (2019). Climate change is bad for your health and everything else. (Access: https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/0523/1051180-climate-change-is-bad-for-your-health-and-everything-else/)

TECHNICAL GUIDE
Heatwave Guide for Cities (2019). Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (Authors: Singh, R., Arrighi, J., Jjemba, E., Strachan, K., Spires, M., Kadihasanoglu, A.) CN Godsmark acknowledged as a reviewer on the guide. (Access: https://reliefweb.int/report/world/heatwave-guide-cities)

POLICY BRIEF
Target Audience
: Public health policy makers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 
TitleEmerging Climate Change-related Public Health Challenges: The Potential Impacts of Temperature Rise on Health Outcomes in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 
AuthorsPasquini L, van Aardenne L, Lee J, Godsmark C and Jack C (2018) 

POLICY BRIEF
Target Audience
: City of Cape Town Environmental Health 
Title: Street Pesticide use in South Africa: Collective Responsibility in Reducing Health Risks 
AuthorsGodsmark CN and Rother H-A (2018)

POLICY BRIEF
Target Audience
: Western Cape Government Departments of Health and Environmental Affairs 
TitleHealth Impacts of Climate Change - Priority Focus Areas for the Western Cape 
AuthorsGodsmark CN and Rother H-A (2018)

TECHNICAL REPORT
Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (2018). State of Environment Outlook Report for the Western Cape Province Climate Change. CN Godsmark acknowledged as contributed to “Healthy Communities (Access: www.westerncape.gov.za/eadp)

TECHNICAL REPORT
Literature review assessing climate change risks and impacts on the health sector in the Western Cape, South Africa (2018). Godsmark CN, Deignan C and Rother H-A. Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Western  
Cape Government and Cape Higher Education Consortium. 

TECHNICAL REPORT
Thermoregulatory strain in a prototype, lightweight CBRN ensemble in comparison to a common CBRN ensemble (2016). Garson CN, Tipton MJ and House JR. United Kingdom’s Defence Science and Technology LaboratoryScientific Report. 

TECHNICAL REPORT
An investigation as to whether making the respirator, body armour, gloves or overboots completely moisture vapour permeable results in reductions to physiological and perceptual thermoregulatory strain (2015). Garson CN, Tipton MJ and House JR. United Kingdom’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Scientific Report. ISBN: 978 1 86137 657 2. 

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Occupational health
Climate change and health
Public health
Environmental health

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2020R Long University College CorkMSc in Occupational HealthAssessing the learned competencies and skills of UCC Occupational Health MSc graduates and evaluating if they meet the needs of the 21st century workforce: A Qualitative Approach.
2020P Reaney University College CorkMSc in Occupational HealthOccupational Health and Safety Risk Onboard Merchant Ships
2020A Fenn University College CorkMSc in Occupational HealthMedical evacuations from offshore oil and gas installations – a systematic review of occupational health issues
2019O Clarke University College CorkMSc in Occupational HealthWork-related stress in the Irish Naval Service: a quantitative survey
2019F Merrick University College CorkMSc in Occupational HealthThe effectiveness of mind-body exercises; yoga, tai chi and qigong on employee stress levels when implemented in the workplace
2019Z Lui University College CorkMPHDeterminants of students’ participation in Cork public bike-share scheme

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2021Environmental Health: Principal Aspects and Burden of Disease EH6140Environmental Health: Principal Aspects and Burden of Disease
2021Risk Assessment and Implementation of Health and Safety Management Programmes EH6110Risk Assessment and Implementation of Health and Safety Management Programmes
2021Principles and Practice of Occupational Health and Safety EH6107Principles and Practice of Occupational Health and Safety
2021Dissertation in Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing EH6114Dissertation in Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing
2021Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing Dissertation EH6062Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing Dissertation

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