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Marie Lynn Miranda PhD

Director and Professor of Statistics

Dr. Marie Lynn Miranda specializes in research on environmental health, especially how the environment shapes health and wellbeing among children. She is the founding director of the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, a research, education, and outreach program committed to fostering environments where all people can prosper. She is a leader in the rapidly evolving field of geospatial health informatics. She is Professor of Statistics at Rice University, and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University and Baylor College of Medicine.

Miranda has applied spatial analytic approaches to a wide range of scientific issues. She maintains an active research portfolio, with a funding history that includes the USEPA, NIH, CDC, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, the USDA, the State of North Carolina, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Wallace Genetics Foundation, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, and The Duke Endowment. Her research group received the 2008 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Justice Award.

Dr. Miranda served on the faculty at Duke University for 21 years, where she was an award-winning teacher and scholar. She served as Dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the University of Michigan from 2011-2015 and then as provost at Rice University from 2015-2019. Her responsibilities as provost included promoting and supporting excellence in all dimensions of the University's academic, research, scholarly, and creative programs and activities.

Miranda is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Duke University, where she earned her A.B. in mathematics and economics and was named a Truman Scholar. She has a Ph.D. and M.A. from Harvard University, where she held a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Contact address: 

Rice University – BRC
Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI), MS-460
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas 77005