UCLA experts: Climate change

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Climate change affects everything from weather to the availability of natural resources to biodiversity to public policy. UCLA, which houses one of the world’s leading centers on environmental research, the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and also the School of Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, has experts on the causes, environmental effects and policy implications of climate change. Click an expert’s name for a more detailed biography and contact information.

 

Science

J. David Neelin

Neelin is a professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and an expert on global climate patterns and climate modeling. An atmospheric physicist, he contributed to reports by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Research Council on ocean-atmosphere-land interactions affecting climate.

Aradhna Tripati

Tripati is an assistant professor of Earth, planetary and space sciences who reconstructs Earth’s ancient climate record to discover the long-term effects of atmospheric carbon dioxide, a key contributor to global climate change. Based on techniques Tripati helped develop, she and her colleagues have been able to study carbon dioxide levels over the last 20 million years.

Alex Hall

Hall is a professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and an expert on climate modeling, the mechanisms that govern Earth’s climate and the planet’s sensitivity to historical increases in greenhouse gas emissions. An atmospheric physicist, he contributed to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

 

Environmental effects: biodiversity, conservation, water

Glen MacDonald

MacDonald is the John Muir Memorial Endowed Chair in Geography and an international authority on the history of climate change and the environmental effects of climate change and drought.

Brad Shaffer

Shaffer is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and an expert on biodiversity and conservation biology of amphibians and reptiles, with an emphasis on California conservation.  

Tom Gillespie

Gillespie is a professor of geography and an expert on biodiversity whose research focuses on conservation and protection of endangered forests and species, primarily by using remote sensing via satellites to determine biodiversity to influence global conservation priorities.

Dennis Lettenmaier

Lettenmaier is a distinguished professor of geography and one of the world’s foremost experts on water resources focusing especially on how water resources worldwide are affected by climate change.

Thomas Smith

Smith is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and an expert on the importance of biodiversity in plant and animal conservation. He studies practical and political means of supporting and funding Congo rainforest conservation, and also studies the spread of tropical diseases due to climate change. 

Laurence Smith

Smith is a professor of geography and also Earth, planetary and space sciences and an expert on how climate change affects the melting ice in the Arctic, regularly traveling to Greenland to study the ice sheet.

Mark Gold

Gold is the associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability and an expert in coastal protection and coastal water issues related to climate change. His expertise also includes urban water supply and water management. He is head of the Sustainable L.A. Grand Challenge, UCLA’s effort to turn Los Angeles into a more sustainable, self-sufficient city in ways that could be replicated globally.

Stephanie Pincetl

Pincetl is a professor in the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability with expertise in sustainability related to urban environments and land use. She is an authority on the political history of land use in California, environmental regulation, environmental politics and urban water issues. 

 

Economy and business

Magali Delmas

Delmas is a professor in the UCLA Anderson School of Management who researches how environmental regulatory policies influence business strategies and performance, and what influences consumers to go green.

Matthew Kahn

Kahn is an environmental economist and an expert on the costs and benefits of environmental regulation, including a recent study demonstrating that poorer, politically conservative areas of the United States emit more carbon dioxide per capita than richer, more liberal areas.

 

Environmental law and policy

Ann Carlson

Carlson, professor in the UCLA School of Law, is an authority on constitutional questions affecting environmental law and policy, including the division of regulatory authority between states and the federal government on greenhouse gas emissions.

Cara Horowitz

Horowitz is co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law an expert on legal and policy solutions to climate change and related environmental issues. She was formerly a staff attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Sean Hecht

Hecht is co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and an expert on environmental law and policy, including federal and state regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.

Ted Parson

Parson, a professor in the UCLA School of Law, is a leading expert on legal issues raised by climate engineering technologies. Parson has studied international environmental law and policy, the role of science and technology in policy-making and government regulation.

James Salzman

Salzman is the Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law and an expert on drinking water, trade and environment conflicts, policy design, and the legal and institutional issues in creating markets for ecosystem services.

Timothy Malloy

Malloy is a law professor who specializes in environmental laws and regulations with specific emphasis on how to craft regulations that prevent environmental harm and is faculty director of the interdisciplinary UCLA Sustainable Technology and Policy Program.

Rui Wang

Wang is an assistant professor of urban planning in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and an expert on how on sustainable urban development, particularly transportation, climate change, air quality and public health in the United States and China.

Kal Raustiala

Raustiala is a professor in the UCLA School of Law who specializes in international cooperation on regulatory issues. He has written extensively on the Kyoto Protocol international treaty on climate change.

 

History of environmentalism

Jon Christensen

Christensen adjunct assistant professor of History and an expert in the history of environmental science, environmental communications, environmental journalism, and solutions to combat climate change.

 

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