Jillian Fry, Ph.D., MPH

Assistant Professor, Public Health Program Coordinator


Contact Info

Linthicum Hall, Rm. 101 K
Wednesday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
*And by appointment*


PhD, Health Policy and Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, 2012

MPH, Public Health, University of New Mexico, 2007

BS, Biobehavioral Health, The Pennsylvania State University, 2004

Areas of Expertise

Sustainable and healthy food systems

Sustainable diets

Environmental health

Public health policy

Measuring and improving environmental impacts of food production, food supply chains and wasted food


in the media

Several media outlets have covered Dr. Fry’s research or quoted her in articles:

  • Why do food waste advocates give meat a pass? Forbes, October 2022.
  • The ‘Both Siderism’ that once dominated climate coverage has now become a staple of stories about eating less meat, Inside Climate News, October 2022.
  • Journalists are making the same mistake with dietary change they made with climate change: Study, Forbes, October 2022.
  • Beef industry tries to erase its emissions with fuzzy methane math, Bloomberg News, October 2021.
  • The controversial quest to make cow burps less noxious, Wired, October 2021.
  • Burgers are great. But make no mistake, they’re killing the planet, LA Times, February 2021.
  • Factory farms provide abundant food, but environment suffers, Associated Press, February 2020.

Selected Publications

  • Viglia, S., Brown, M. T., Love, D. L., Fry, J. P., Scroggins, R., & Neff, R. A. (2022). Analysis of energy and water use in USA farmed catfish: Toward a more resilient and sustainable production system. Journal of Cleaner Production, 379, 134796. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.134796
  • Fry, J. P., Stodden, B., Brace, A. M., & Laestadius, L. I. (2022). A tale of two urgent food system challenges: Newspaper coverage of approaches to reduce high-meat diets and wasted food in the U.S. Sustainability, 14, 12083. https://doi.org/10.3390/su141912083
  • Scroggins, R., Fry, J. P., Brown, M. T., Neff, R. A., Asche, F., Anderson, J. L., & Love, D. C. (2022). Renewable energy in fisheries and aquaculture: Case studies from the United States. Journal of Cleaner Production, 134153. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.134153
  • Viglia, S., Brown, M. T., Love, D. L., Fry, J. P., Neff, R., & Hilborn, R. (2022). Wild caught Alaska sockeye salmon: a case study of the food energy water nexus for a sustainable wild catch fishery. Journal of Cleaner Production, 369, 133263. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.133263
  • Neff, R. A., Love, D. C., Overbey, K., Biehl, E., Deutsch, J., Gorski-Steiner, I., Pearson, P., Vigil, T., Turvey, C., & Fry, J. P. (2021). Consumer seafood waste and the potential of a ‘direct-from-frozen’ approach to prevention. Foods, 10, 2524. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10112524
  • Love, D. C., Turvey, C., Harding, J., Young, R., Ramsing, B., Tlusty, M., Fry, J. P., Nguyen, L., Ashe, F., Nussbaumer, E., Thorne Lyman, A., & Bloem, M. (2021). Nutrition and origin of US chain restaurant seafood. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqaa437
  • Gephart, J. A., Golden, C. D., Asche, F., Belton, B., Brugere, C., Froehlich, H. E., Fry, J. P., Halpern, B. S., Hicks, C. C., Jones, R. C., Klinger, D. H., Little, D., McCauley, D. J., Thilsted, S. H., Troell, M., & Allison, E. H. (2020). Scenarios for global aquaculture and its role in human nutrition. Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture. https://doi.org/10.1080/23308249.2020.1782342
  • Love, D. C., Fry, J. P., Cabello, F., Good, C., & Lunestad, B. (2020). Veterinary drug use in United States net pen salmon aquaculture: Implications for drug use policy. Aquaculture, 518, 734820. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2019.734820
  • Kim, B. F., Santo, R. E., Scatterday, A. P., Fry, J. P., Synk, C. M., Cebron, S. R., Mekonnen, M. M., Hoekstra, A. Y., de Pee, S., Bloem, M. W., Neff, R. A., & Nachman, K. E. (2019). Country-specific dietary shifts to mitigate climate and water crises. Global Environmental Change, 101926. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2019.05.010
  • Fry, J. P., Ceryes, C. A., Voorhees, J. M., Barnes, N. A., Love, D. C., & Barnes, M. E. (2019). Occupational safety and health in U.S. aquaculture: A review. Journal of Agromedicine, 24(4), 405-423. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2019.1639574
  • Lam, Y., Fry, J. P., & Nachman, K. E. (2019). Applying an environmental public health lens to the industrialization of food animal production in ten low- and middle-income countries. Globalization and Health15(40). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12992- 019-0479-5
  • Fry, J. P., Mailloux, N. A., Love, D. C., Milli, M. C., & Cao, L. (2018). Feed conversion efficiency in aquaculture: Do we measure it correctly? Environmental Research Letters, 13(2), 24017. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aaa273
  • Love, D. C., Pinto da Silva, P., Olson, J., Fry, J. P., & Clay, P. M. (2017). Fisheries, food, and health in the United States: The importance of aligning fisheries and health policies. Agriculture & Food Security, 6(16). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40066-017-0093-9
  • Fry, J. P., Love, D. C., MacDonald, G. K., West, P. C., Engstrom, P. M., Nachman, K. E., & Lawrence, R. S. (2016). Environmental health impacts of feeding crops to farmed fish. Environment International, 91, 201-214. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2016.02.022
  • Love, D. C., Fry, J. P., Milli, M. C., & Neff, R. A. (2015). Wasted seafood in the United States: Quantifying loss from production to consumption and moving toward solutions. Global Environmental Change, 35, 116-124. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.08.013
  • Fry, J. P., Love, D. C., Shukla, A., & Lee, R. M. (2014). Offshore finfish aquaculture in the United States: Which federal laws can be used to minimize environmental public health risks? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11(11), 11964-11985. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph111111964
  • Gormaz, J. G., Fry, J. P., Erazo, M. E., & Love, D. C. (2014). Public health perspectives on aquaculture. Current Environmental Health Reports, 1(3), 227-238. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40572-014-0018-8
  • Fry, J. P., Laestadius, L. I., Grechis, C., Nachman, K. E., & Neff, R. A. (2014). Investigating the role of state permitting and agriculture agencies in addressing public health concerns related to industrial food animal production. PLOS ONE, 9(2), e89870. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0089870
  • Fry, J. P., Laestadius, L. I., Grechis, C., Nachman, K. E., & Neff, R. A. (2013). Investigating the role of state and local health departments in addressing public health concerns related to industrial food animal production sites. PLOS ONE, 8(1), e54720. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0054720
  • Fry, J. P., & Neff, R. A. (2009). Periodicity in periodic prompts and reminders in health promotion and health behavior interventions: Systematic review. J Med Internet Res, 11(2), e16. https://doi.org/10.2196/jmir.1138

Honors and Awards

  • Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Alpha Chapter, alumna inductee, 2018
  • CLF-Lerner Doctoral Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, 2008-2012
  • Scholarship to Kavli Scientist-Writer Workshop at New York University, 2014
  • Johnson and Johnson Community Health Care Scholarship, 2008-2010
  • Cynthia and Robert Lawrence Scholarship, 2009
  • June Culley Scholarship in Health Policy and Management, 2009

Professional Memberships/ Affiliations 

  • American Public Health Association
  • Maryland Public Health Association

Grants and Contracts 

  • Water Conservation in Foodservice Settings, Water and Environment Grant, American Water Charitable Foundation, 2022-2023
  • Perspectives of Restaurateurs on Shifting Americans Toward Plant-based Foods for Sustainability and Health, Towson University Faculty Development & Research Committee, 2021-2022
  • Reducing Resource Use at the Seafood-Energy-Water Nexus: Focus on Efficient Production and Waste Reduction, Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS), US Department of Agriculture, sub-awardee (#2018-67003-27408), 2018-2024


  • HLTH 101: Wellness for a Diverse Society 
  • HLTH 335: Public Health Policy
  • HLTH 451/ 551: Intro to Environmental Health