About the Center

Dean Carter Binational Center for Environmental Health Sciences

The University of Arizona’s Superfund Research Program (UA SRP) has investigated environmental contaminants in the Border region for many years.  Through the Community Engagement Core, it has interacted with Mexican scientists for over a decade in regards to health effects and remediation options.  A total of 5 UA colleges and 11 Mexican universities are encompassed by its collaborators.


The mission of the Dean Carter Binational Center is to provide environmentally themed training and research as well as connect investigators and stakeholders via outreach efforts. The specific objectives are:

  • To increase stakeholder capacity to address common environmental problems.
  • To train professionals in advanced environmental techniques in order to spur technology transfer.
  • To sponsor stakeholder meetings on local contaminant issues.
  • To support binational research on risk assessment and remediation.


Training Fellowships: Position are available for international graduate students to enhance their capacity in environmental science, engineering, and toxicology.

Specialized Workshops: Workshops for graduate students, environmental professionals, and University faculty and held in Mexico addressing local environmental topics. 

Collaborative Projects: Transboundary environmental contamination research is supported and has encompassed:

  • Arsenic and Health - Diabetes and Breast Cancer
  • Long-Term Effects of Heavy Metals on Children’s Health
  • Landfill Leachate Plumes - Characterization, Natural Attenuation, and Bioremediation
  • Mine Tailings – Characterization, Phytostabilization, and Phytoremediation

Online Textbooks and Information Sheets: Research translation and community engagement efforts include bilingual materials focused on environmental topics, graduate level Spanish textbook, community health worker modules, and professional research briefs.

Outreach to Border Communities: Community meetings on both sides of the Border are coordinated as a forum for stakeholders to discuss and learn about local environmental issues.