Gwynne Mhuireach, Institute for Health in the Built Environment

Gwynne Mhuireach, Institute for Health in the Built Environment

Gwynne Mhuireach

Practice Areas: Microbiome, Urban Planning, Green Space, Natural Building Materials, Agriculture

Dr. Gwynne Mhuireach has a multi-disciplinary background, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, a masters in Architecture, and a PhD in Landscape Architecture. She is also a third-generation Oregon farmer, operating a regenerative diversified livestock farm on the outskirts of Springfield. Mirroring this broad set of experiences, Gwynne’s research interests revolve around the relationships between human and planetary health, focusing specifically on built environment microbiomes and urban food systems. She is part of the Microbes and Social Equity Working Group and the Healthy Urban Microbiome Initiative. Gwynne received an EPA STAR PhD Fellowship and a USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her upcoming research projects include a pilot study exploring the effects of short versus long food supply chains on the gut microbiome and a collaboration with Oregon State University and Washington State University Extension to advance building-integrated agriculture. Contact: | 541-346-4694


Recent Media: 
Are there soil microbes under my fingernails? (Soils Matter, April 15, 2021)
City compost programs turn garbage into ‘black gold’ that boosts food security and social justice (The Conversation, June 11, 2020)
UO study finds what's in the air at Eugene's parks, parking lots (Around the O, Aug. 2, 2016)
UO grad student to study microbes in urban planning (Around the O, Nov. 17, 2014)
UO researchers study microbes in dust for building design clues (Around the O, Feb. 10, 2014)