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Anna Gitter, PhD

Anna Gitter, PhD


Dr. Anna Gitter received her B.S. in Environmental Science at the University of Michigan and received both her M.S. and PhD in Water Management and Hydrological Sciences from Texas A&M University. During her PhD, she also worked as a Research Specialist for the Texas Water Resources Institute (part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research) and developed watershed management plans for impaired waterbodies in Texas. During her graduate education, she developed an interest in integrating water quality data to inform public health decisions and decided to pursue a postdoc with UTHealth Houston SPH-El Paso. (


PhD, Texas A&M University, 2021

MS, Texas A&M University, 2016

BS, University of Michigan, 2013


Dr. Kristina D. Mena

Research Description

Dr. Gitter's research aims to integrate and translate environmental data, specifically water quality data, to inform public health decision-making. Her research interests include quantitative microbial risk assessment, wastewater and drinking water management, food safety, and risk communication. Dr. Gitter has evaluated human health risks using microbial source tracking data for recreation in both inland and coastal waters, helping to inform watershed management decisions in Texas.