Gabriel Filippelli

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Gabriel Filippelli
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NationalityUnited States
Alma mater
Scientific career
InstitutionsIndiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
ThesisPhosphorus geochemistry and accumulation rates in oceanic sediments during the Neogene (1994)
Doctoral advisorMargaret L. Delaney

Gabriel Filippelli is an American biogeochemist and professor of Earth sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). His research interests include biogeochemical cycling in the environment.

Early life and education[edit]

Filippelli was awarded a BS in Geology from the University of California, Davis in 1986. He was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Kiribati from 1987–1989. Filippelli was awarded a PhD in Earth Sciences in 1994 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and then began working as an assistant professor of geology. At UCSC, Filippelli performed his thesis research under the supervision of oceanographer Margaret (Peggy) Delany.


Filippelli is a professor of Earth sciences and Director of the Center for Urban Health at IUPUI.[1]

Filippelli has been a member and Chair of the United States Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling and of the Science Panning Committee for the International Ocean Discovery Program[citation needed]. He has also written for a variety of journals[which?].


Filippelli was senior science advisor for the United States State Department from 2013–2014,[2] working in the area of ocean and polar science policy. In this capacity, he wrote policy related to climate change in the Antarctic, and was involved in the international effort to improve scientific cooperation through the Arctic nations, eventually leading to an international agreement on this issue[3]

Filippelli is an Air Quality Fellow for the United States State Department and consults with embassies and universities in Pakistan on air quality science.[4]


He is known for his work on various aspects of global nutrient cycling, including ocean response to nutrient inputs,[5] terrestrial signals of nutrient and landscape development, and future projections of nutrient resources to feed humanity. His recent work has focused on environmental health,[6] marked by contributions in multiple journals on environmental exposures to contaminants[7][8] and climate change. Some controversy arose when then-Governor Mike Pence was selected as President Trump's running mate, as Pence has voiced doubts about the science of climate change and Filippelli led a group of Indiana scientists who publicly offered their assistance in developing climate change adaptation plans for Indiana but received no response from the Governor.[9]

Academic roles[edit]

Filippelli is a Fellow of the International Association of GeoChemistry,[10] the winner of the Charles Bantz Fellowship for Community Engagement, the author of about 100 peer-reviewed publications, and a blogger[11] and community activist in the areas of community-engaged research and environmental justice. In August 2017, Filippelli became the Editor in Chief of GeoHealth,[12], an American Geophysical Union journal.[13] The journal's founding editor was Rita R. Colwell.[12]


  1. ^ "G. Filippelli CV" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Earth sciences professor is one of just 13 Jefferson Science Fellows in the country". 11 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-05-12.
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  5. ^ "Study Challenges Idea of Seeding Oceans With Iron to Curb Global Warming".
  6. ^ Murphy, Kate (13 May 2009). "For Urban Gardeners, Lead Is a Concern" – via
  7. ^ "These Indiana residents were forced to vacate their homes due to high lead levels".
  8. ^ "Risk of lead exposure comes from both ends of firearms, scientists find".
  9. ^ Lehmann,ClimateWire, Evan. "Trump's VP Doubts Climate Change".
  10. ^ IAGC, Chris Gardner -. "IAGC - the International Association of GeoChemistry".
  11. ^ "gabrielfilippelli". gabrielfilippelli.
  12. ^ a b "Introducing a New Editor in Chief for GeoHealth - Eos".
  13. ^ "GeoHealth - Wiley Online Library". doi:10.1002/(ISSN)2471-1403.