Frank von Hippel

Research Focus Group Membership: 
Research Focus Group 1
  • Ph.D., Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 1996
                  Major Professor: George Barlow​
  • A.B., Biology, with honors, Dartmouth College, Hanover, 1989
College Affiliations: 

Northern Arizona University, Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: 

Dr. von Hippel's interests are to conduct research at the nexus of ecotoxicology, mechanisms of toxicity, and health disparities. He uses locally occurring wildlife and laboratory animals as models for human exposure and disease. While being especially interested in health disparities experienced by vulnerable populations and employing a Community Based Participatory Research approach. Examples of his current projects include: investigations of endocrine disruption and disease in Yupik people due to exposure to persistent organic pollutants originating from Cold War military installations in the Arctic, neurological effects and endocrine disruption in the Australian Anindilyakwa people due to manganese exposure originating from the world’s largest manganese mine on Groote Island, and health effects associated with agrochemical and perchlorate exposure in migrant Mexican farmworkers on the U.S. border. His team has integrated a variety of approaches to establish routes of exposure and mechanisms of developmental disruption ranging from the genome to the whole organism and its environment. 


Environmental Health Research & Expertise: 

From 2015-2018 he served as Associate Editor of the Elsevier journal Environmental Pollution (ranked 20 out of 229 environmental sciences journals, 2018 Impact Factor: 5.714), where he now serves on the editorial board. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Science Communication Network ( Also being the host of the Science History Podcast (