Kevin Lane

Kevin James Lane, PhD, MA

Assistant Professor, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Lane’s research focus are in the field of air pollution, built environment, urbanization and impacts of climate change on health in local, national and international settings. His expertise in big-data and spatial research has led to the development of novel methods that integrate geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing data and time-activity algorithms to improve exposure assessment and epidemiology. Currently, Dr. Lane Principal Investigator for the Federal Aviation Administration ASCENT Project 18 Community Measurements of Aviation Emissions Contribution to Ambient Air Quality. Additionally, he examines air pollution and built environment effects on cardio-metabolic health with the Population study of Urban, Rural and Semi-urban Endovascular Disease and Holistic Intervention Study (PURSE-HIS), and is a designated NIEHS health disparities career development researcher with the Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing across the life course (CRESSH) to examine the interactions between PM2.5, NO2 and social stressors on the associations with preterm and low birth weight. Prior to this position Dr. Lane also was awarded a Yale Climate and Energy Institute postdoctoral fellowship to examine the relationship between the built environment, urban heat island health impacts where he collaborated with researchers to examine these associations in the United States, South Korea and India. Dr. Lane also conducts research with the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health Study at Tufts University to examine health impacts from traffic-related ultrafine particulate matter.

Other Positions

  • CRESSH Career Development Fellow, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research - Boston University


  • Boston University School of Public Health, PhD Field of Study: Environmental Health
  • Tufts University, MA Field of Study: Urban Studies
  • Saint Michael's College, BS Field of Study: Biology/Political Science

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH851
  • SPHPH737


  • Published on 1/26/2024

    de Bont J, Nori-Sarma A, Stafoggia M, Banerjee T, Ingole V, Jaganathan S, Mandal S, Rajiva A, Krishna B, Kloog I, Lane K, Mall RK, Tiwari A, Wei Y, Wellenius GA, Prabhakaran D, Schwartz J, Prabhakaran P, Ljungman P. Impact of heatwaves on all-cause mortality in India: A comprehensive multi-city study. Environ Int. 2024 Feb; 184:108461. PMID: 38340402.

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  • Published on 12/22/2023

    Anneser E, Levine P, Lane KJ, Corlin L. Climate stress and anxiety, environmental context, and civic engagement: A nationally representative study. J Environ Psychol. 2024 Feb; 93. PMID: 38222971.

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  • Published on 9/21/2023

    Nguyen DD, Levy JI, Kim C, Lane KJ, Simon MC, Hart JE, Whitsel EA, VoPham T, Malwitz A, Peters JL. Characterizing temporal trends in populations exposed to aircraft noise around U.S. airports: 1995-2015. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2023 Sep 21. PMID: 37735518.

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  • Published on 8/2/2023

    Jimenez RB, Bozigar M, Janulewicz P, Lane KJ, Hutyra LR, Fabian MP. School Greenness and Student-Level Academic Performance: Evidence From the Global South. Geohealth. 2023 Aug; 7(8):e2023GH000830. PMID: 37538511.

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  • Published on 7/29/2023

    Haley BM, Patil P, Levy JI, Spangler KR, Tieskens KF, Carnes F, Peng X, Klevens RM, Troppy TS, Fabian MP, Lane KJ, Leibler JH. Evaluating COVID-19 Risk to Essential Workers by Occupational Group: A Case Study in Massachusetts. J Community Health. 2024 Feb; 49(1):91-99. PMID: 37507525.

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  • Published on 7/16/2023

    Spangler KR, Brochu P, Nori-Sarma A, Milechin D, Rickles M, Davis B, Dukes KA, Lane KJ. Calculating access to parks and other polygonal resources: A description of open-source methodologies. Spat Spatiotemporal Epidemiol. 2023 Nov; 47:100606. PMID: 38042531.

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  • Published on 5/17/2023

    Anneser E, Stopka TJ, Naumova EN, Spangler KR, Lane KJ, Acevedo A, Griffiths JK, Lin Y, Levine P, Corlin L. Environmental equity and COVID-19 experiences in the United States: Results from three survey waves of a nationally representative study conducted between 2020-2022. medRxiv. 2023 May 17. PMID: 37293071.

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  • Published on 3/1/2023

    Chung CS, Lane KJ, Black-Ingersoll F, Kolaczyk E, Schollaert C, Li S, Simon MC, Levy JI. Assessing the impact of aircraft arrival on ambient ultrafine particle number concentrations in near-airport communities in Boston, Massachusetts. Environ Res. 2023 May 15; 225:115584. PMID: 36868447.

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  • Published on 2/21/2023

    Patil P, Peng X, Haley BM, Spangler KR, Tieskens KF, Lane KJ, Carnes F, Fabian MP, Klevens RM, Troppy TS, Leibler JH, Levy JI. Influence of geospatial resolution on sociodemographic predictors of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Ann Epidemiol. 2023 Apr; 80:62-68.e3. PMID: 36822278.

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  • Published on 2/1/2023

    Adams QH, Chan EMG, Spangler KR, Weinberger KR, Lane KJ, Errett NA, Hess JJ, Sun Y, Wellenius GA, Nori-Sarma A. Examining the Optimal Placement of Cooling Centers to Serve Populations at High Risk of Extreme Heat Exposure in 81 US Cities. Public Health Rep. 2023; 138(6):955-962. PMID: 36726308.

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