DOI

10.17077/etd.wowbawsh

Document Type

Dissertation

Date of Degree

Summer 2018

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In

Occupational and Environmental Health

First Advisor

Field, R. William

First Committee Member

Baker, Kelly

Second Committee Member

Chorazy, Margaret

Third Committee Member

Diekema, Daniel

Fourth Committee Member

Fuortes, Laurence

Fifth Committee Member

Petersen, Christine

Abstract

Data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Building Assessment and Survey Evaluation (BASE) study was analyzed for culturable fungi detected in air samples collected from 100 office buildings located among ten climate regions in the United States. Fungi identified and quantified in the study were evaluated in indoor and outdoor environments. Evenness of species for both summer and winter, and the diversity and similarity indices of species were calculated between climate region groups in order to observe potential climate-based differences in the fungal microbiome. Respiratory and neurological health symptoms of study building occupants (n = 4,326) were self-reported by questionnaire, and were analyzed in order to assess seasonal and climate differences.

Pages

viii, 67 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 63-67).

Copyright

Copyright © 2018 Shawn Arden Messer

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