Gabriel Filippelli

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Gabriel Filippelli
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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, and the links between environmental processes and human health.

Early life and education[edit]

Filippelli was awarded a BS in Geology from the University of California, Davis in 1986, a PhD in 1994 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and then began working as an assistant professor of geology in 1994.[1]


Filippelli is a Chancellor's Professor of Earth Sciences, the Executive Director of the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute [2] and Director of the Center for Urban Health at IUPUI.[3]

Filippelli has been a member and Chair of the United States Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling and of the Science Planning Committee for the International Ocean Discovery Program.[4] He has also written for a variety of major journals, including Nature,[5] Science,[6] and Geology,[7] among others.


Filippelli was senior science advisor for the United States State Department from 2013–2014,[8] 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[9]

Filippelli is an Air Quality Fellow for the US State Department and consults with embassies and universities in Pakistan on air quality science.[10]


He is known for his work on various aspects of global nutrient cycling, including ocean response to nutrient inputs,[11] terrestrial signals of nutrient and landscape development, and future projections of nutrient resources to feed humanity. His recent work has focused on environmental health,[12] marked by contributions in multiple journals on environmental exposures to contaminants[13][14] 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.[15]

Academic roles[edit]

Filippelli is a Fellow of the International Association of GeoChemistry,[16] the winner of the Charles Bantz Fellowship for Community Engagement, the author of about 100 peer-reviewed publications, and a blogger[17] and community activist in the areas of community-engaged research and environmental justice. In August 2017, Filippelli became the Editor in Chief of GeoHealth,[18] an American Geophysical Union journal.[19] The journal's founding editor was Rita R. Colwell.[18]


Fulbright Distinguished Chair (2022), University of Newcastle, Australia

F. Earl Ingerson Lecturer (2021), Geochemical Society[20]

John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies, Indiana University (2020)[21]

Chancellor's Professor, IUPUI (2020)[22]

Prose Award for Excellence in Physical Science and Mathematics, Association of American Publishers (2019)[23]

Fellow, International Association of GeoChemistry (2015[24])


  1. ^ "Gabriel Filippelli, Ph.D.: People: People Directory: School of Science: IUPUI".
  2. ^ "Environmental Resilience Institute".
  3. ^ "G. Filippelli CV" (PDF).
  4. ^[bare URL PDF]
  5. ^ Filippelli, Gabriel M. (October 2010). "Phosphorus and the gust of fresh air". Nature. 467 (7319): 1052–1053. doi:10.1038/4671052a. PMID 20981087. S2CID 4301231.
  6. ^ Filippelli, Gabriel (13 June 2014). "A salty start to modern ocean circulation". Science. 344 (6189): 1228–1229. Bibcode:2014Sci...344.1228F. doi:10.1126/science.1255553. PMID 24926003. S2CID 206558532.
  7. ^ Filippelli, Gabriel M.; Flores, José-Abel (October 2009). "From the warm Pliocene to the cold Pleistocene: A tale of two oceans". Geology. 37 (10): 959–960. Bibcode:2009Geo....37..959F. doi:10.1130/focus102009.1.
  8. ^ "Earth sciences professor is one of just 13 Jefferson Science Fellows in the country". 11 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-05-12.
  10. ^ "In conversation with Dr. Gabriel Filippelli". 21 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Study Challenges Idea of Seeding Oceans With Iron to Curb Global Warming". Archived from the original on 2002-01-11.
  12. ^ Murphy, Kate (13 May 2009). "For Urban Gardeners, Lead Is a Concern". The New York Times.
  13. ^ Duhaime-Ross, Arielle (13 December 2016). "These Indiana residents were forced to vacate their homes due to high lead levels". Vice.
  14. ^ Laidlaw, Mark A. S.; Filippelli, Gabriel; Mielke, Howard; Gulson, Brian; Ball, Andrew S. (4 April 2017). "Lead exposure at firing ranges—a review". Environmental Health. 16 (1): 34. doi:10.1186/s12940-017-0246-0. PMC 5379568. PMID 28376827.
  15. ^ "Trump's VP Doubts Climate Change". Scientific American.
  16. ^ IAGC, Chris Gardner -. "IAGC - the International Association of GeoChemistry".
  17. ^ "gabrielfilippelli". gabrielfilippelli.
  18. ^ a b "Introducing a New Editor in Chief for GeoHealth - Eos". 4 August 2017.
  19. ^ "GeoHealth". AGU Journals. doi:10.1002/(ISSN)2471-1403.
  20. ^ "Special Lectures at Goldschmidt2021".
  21. ^ "School of Science receives several faculty and student awards in 2019-20 academic year". 25 March 2020.
  22. ^ "School of Science receives several faculty and student awards in 2019-20 academic year". 25 March 2020.
  23. ^ "2019 Award Winners".
  24. ^ "IAGC - the International Association of GeoChemistry".