Anthony Carpi
Professor/Dean of Research
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Ph.D.,  Cornell University (1997, Environmental Toxicology)
M.S.,    Cornell University (1993, Environmental Toxicology)
B.S.,     Boston College (1986, Chemistry)


Anthony is a Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Dean of Research at John Jay College. He has an extensive record  advancing the participation of underrepresented students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. In 2006, he founded the Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math (PRISM) at John Jay, which has led to a ten-fold increase in the number of John Jay undergraduates pursuing STEM graduate degrees. In 2011, he won the White House Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math, and Engineering Mentoring for his work improving opportunities for underrepresented students in science. And in 2018, he was a member of a National Academy of Sciences panel that wrote and published Minority Serving Institutions: America's Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce. He has a diverse portfolio of grant and research experience, having personally secured more than $22 million in funding from agencies including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Energy, NY State Education Department, and others. As Dean of Research, he has presided over a doubling of the college's research grant portfolio and a tripling of the college's scholarly productivity profile. He has extensive experience studying the fate and chemistry of mercury in the environment, and has published seminal work on the release of soil-bound mercury to the environment. He is a pioneer in the Open Educational Resource area, having founded the open science learning site Visionlearning in 2001. A native of Connecticut, Anthony lives with his wife and three children in New Canaan.

Courses Taught

Courses Created

  • Origins: A Trek through 13.7 Billion Years of History (SCI 101) - John Jay College. (2010)
  • Undergraduate Research Internship (FOS 402) – John Jay College. (2006)
  • Forensic Investigations in the Environmental Sciences (FOS 806) - John Jay College. (2002)
  • Life Under the Microscope: The Intersection of Science & Social Science (TSP5 w/A. Stein) - John Jay College. (2001)
  • Principles of Environmental Science (ENV 108 w/M. Zedeck) - John Jay College. (1998
Professional Memberships

American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, National Science Teacher's Association.

Scholarly Work

Selected Publications

Espinosa, L., McGuire, K., Bertin, J., Carpi, A., Ericsson, A.J., Hames, L., Harris, W.L., Higginbotham, E., Manson, S.M., Minor, J.T., Morales, L., Nunez, A.M., Poodry, C., Spriggs, W., Tam, V., Villalobos, C., Yancy, D.C., Young, L.S. (2018) Minority Serving Institutions: America’s Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce, Board on Higher Education and Workforce Policy, The National Academy of Sciences, National Academies Press, Washington, DC.

Carpi, A., Ronan, D.M., Falconer, H.M., Lents, N.L. (2017) “Cultivating Minority Scientists: Undergraduate Research Increases Self-Efficacy and Career Ambitions for Underrepresented Students in STEM,” Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 54(2):169-194.

Carpi, A., Ronan, D. (2014) “Do Not Neglect the Ladder of Opportunity at Minority-Serving Colleges,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, §Commentary, November 24, 2014.

Carpi, A., Fostier, A.H., Santos, J.C., Gittings*, M., Orta[1], O.R. (2014) “Mercury emissions from soil following the loss of forest cover in the United States and Brazil,Atmospheric Environment, 96:423-429.

Melendez-Perez, J.J., Fostier, A.H., Carvalho, J.A., Winmoller, C.C., Santos, J.C., Carpi, A. (2014) “Soil and biomass mercury emissions during a prescribed fire in the Amazonian rain forest,” Atmospheric Environment, 96:415-422.

[1] Denotes student co-author.


Honors and Awards

Closing the STEM Equity Gap, National Academy of Sciences Panel Member (2018). Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math, and Engineering Mentoring, the White House (2011). Fulbright Scholar, Campinas, Brazil (2011-2012). Outstanding Mentor Award, John Jay College (2011). Outstanding Service to Students Award, John Jay College (2009).

Research Summary

Anthony is an environmental chemist who studies the fate and transport of mercury in the environment. Specifically, his laboratory has studied: the use of moss as a passive and inexpensive monitor for mercury around industrial sources of the metal; the fate of mercury contamination in indoor environments; the environmental factors (light, precipitation, soil chemistry) that affect the reduction and emission of mercury from soil; and other components of the environmental mercury cycle. In relation to his work on mercury chemistry, he has held fellowships at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Campinas in Brazil where he studied the effect of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest on the release of mercury.

He has worked extensively as a mentor to undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral and high school students. To-date he has mentored over 60 students, the majority of whom are from underrepresented groups in the STEM fields, and 26 of whom have moved on to Ph.D. or other STEM graduate programs. In 2006, he founded the Program for Research Inititaives in Science and Math (PRISM), an undergraduate research mentoring program that has significantly improved the rate of John Jay undergraduates moving on to STEM graduate programs and professional careers. In this capacity, his research has evolved to include the factors that affect retention and success of underrepresented students in the STEM fields. He is also founder of Visionlearning, a bilingual (Spanish/English) Open STEM Education Resource.