Associate Professor Kim Natasha Dirks

BSc, MSc(1st Hons), PhD

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Environmental physics
  • Air pollution modelling
  • Air pollutoin exposure
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Urban green space
  • Environmental noise

Teaching | Current

 

  • Audiol 715 – Physics and Acoustics for Audiology
  • Audiol 714 - Hearing Aids and Other Devices 
  • Physics 160 – Physics for the Life Sciences (Medical Physics Component)

Postgraduate supervision

  • PhD: Mehrdad Rafiepour- Public Health (with J. Salmond and A. Woodward) 
  • MSc: Rita Lehn - Environmental Science (with J. Salmond)
  • MSc: Paul Crimmins - Environmental Science (with J. Salmond)
  • MSc: Alana Chester - Environmental Science (with J. Salmond)
  • MSc: Shymala Sidharth - Environmental Science (with J. Salmond)
  • MAud: Jessica Ong - Audiology (with D.Welch and D.Shepherd)

Distinctions/Honours

  • Sustained Excellence in Teaching - UoA
  • Butland Award of Sustained Excellence in Teaching  - Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences - UoA

Responsibilities

Acting Head of Section (January to July 2018)

 

 

Areas of expertise

Air pollution

Environmental noise

Urban design

 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • The Open Atmospheric Science Journal (TOASJ) - Editorial Board Member
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) - Editorial Board Member
  • University of  Auckland 'Women in Leadership Programme' - Member of the working group
  • University Staffing Committee - Elected Sub-Professorial member

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Nichani, V., Dirks, K., Burns, B. R., Bird, A., Morton, S., & Grant, C. (2016). Green Space and Physical Activity in Pregnant Women: Evidence from the Growing Up in New Zealand Study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13 (12), 1341-1350. 10.1123/jpah.2016-0013
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32011
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bruce Burns, Vikram Nichani, Amy Bird, Susan Morton, Cameron Grant
  • Dirks, K. N., Wang, J. Y. T., Khan, A., & Rushton, C. (2016). Air Pollution Exposure in Relation to the Commute to School: A Bradford UK Case Study. International journal of environmental research and public health, 13 (11).
  • McBride, D., Lovelock, K., Shepherd, D., Dirks, K., Welch, D., & Gray, A. (2016). Community exposure to hazardous site remediation in rural New Zealand: an exposed-referent study of serum dioxins and health effects. Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, 40 (5), 412-417. 10.1111/1753-6405.12583
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Welch
  • Shepherd, D., Dirks, K., Welch, D., McBride, D., & Landon, J. (2016). The Covariance between Air Pollution Annoyance and Noise Annoyance, and Its Relationship with Health-Related Quality of Life. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13 (8), 792-792. 10.3390/ijerph13080792
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30616
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Welch
  • Salmond, J. A., Dirks, K. N., Fiddes, S., Pezza, A., Talbot, N., Scarfe, J., ... Petersen, J. (2016). A climatological analysis of the incidence of brown haze in Auckland, New Zealand. International Journal of Climatology, 36 (6), 2516-2526. 10.1002/joc.4509
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Salmond
  • Salmond, J. A., Tadaki, M., Vardoulakis, S., Arbuthnott, K., Coutts, A., Demuzere, M., ... Macintyre, H. (2016). Health and climate related ecosystem services provided by street trees in the urban environment. Environmental health : a global access science source, 15 Suppl 110.1186/s12940-016-0103-6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Salmond
  • Salmond, J. A., Tadaki, M., Vardoulakis, S., Arbuthnott, K., Coutts, A., Demuzere, M., ... Macintyre, H. (2016). Health and climate related ecosystem services provided by street trees in the urban environment. Paper presented at International Conference for Urban Health, San Francisco, USA. 1 April - 4 April 2016. Environmental Health. 10.1186/s12940-016-0103-6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Salmond
  • Elangasinghe, M. A., Dirks, K. N., Singhal, N., Salmond, J. A., Longley, I., & Dirks, V. I. (2016). A Simple Tool to Identify Representative Wind Sites for Air Pollution Modelling Applications. Advances in Meteorology, 2016, 1-11. 10.1155/2016/5494585
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Salmond, Naresh Singhal

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Alternative contact

Correct location:

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - POPULATION HEALTH
Level 3, Room 730-361
GATE 1 MORRIN RD
261 MORRIN RD
Auckland 1072
GLEN INNES
New Zealand

Primary location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 3, Room 362
TAMAKI CAMPUS GATE 1, 261 MORRIN RD
ST JOHNS
AUCKLAND 1072
New Zealand

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