About the Lab
The Climate Impact Lab is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to measure and communicate the impacts of climate change on people to empower effective decision-making.
Our founders at the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute, the University of California, Berkeley, Rhodium Group, and Rutgers University, envisioned a world where the management of climate change is evidence-based, effective, and fair when they established the Climate Impact Lab collaborative research organization in 2016. Today, we are a unique collaboration of more than 25 climate scientists, economists, computational experts, researchers, analysts, and students from some of the nation’s leading research institutions dedicated to that purpose. For inquiries about our work contact email@example.com.
Michael Greenstone is the Milton Friedman Professor in Economics, the College, and the Harris School, as well as the Director of the interdisciplinary Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). His other current positions and affiliations include Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Editor of the Journal of Political Economy, Faculty Director of the E2e Project, Head of the JPAL Environment and Energy Program, co‐Director of the International Growth Centre’s Energy Research Programme, and Nonresident Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. Prior to rejoining the faculty at Chicago, Professor Greenstone was the 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at MIT.
Trevor Houser is a partner with the Rhodium Group, an independent research company, and leads the firm’s Energy & Climate team. This interdisciplinary group of policy experts, economic analysts, energy modelers, data engineers and climate scientists analyzes the market impact of energy and climate policy and the economic risks of global climate change. During 2009, Trevor left Rhodium temporarily to serve as a senior advisor at the US State Department where he worked on international energy, natural resource and environmental policy issues. He serves on the finance committee of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York, his alma mater. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee on US-China Relations and serves on the Advisory Board of Center for US-China Relations at the Asia Society.
Robert Kopp is Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Director of the Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub, and Co-Director of the University Office of Climate Action, Rutgers University. He also serves as co-director of Rutgers’ transdisciplinary Coastal Climate Risk & Resilience (C2R2) initiative, a training program which brings graduate students in the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, and urban planning together with coastal stakeholders to tackle the challenges that climate change poses to the world’s coastlines.
Prof. Kopp’s research focuses on understanding uncertainty in past and future climate change, with major emphases on sea-level change and on the interactions between physical climate change and the economy. He is a lead author of Economic Risks of Climate Change: An American Prospectus (Columbia University Press, 2015) and of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s 2017 Climate Science Special Report, a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Assessing Approaches to Updating the Social Cost of Carbon, and a contributing author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2014 Fifth Assessment Report. He has authored over sixty scientific papers and several popular articles in venues including the New York Times.
Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 2011, Prof. Kopp served as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he worked on the U.S. government’s efforts to incorporate climate change into benefit-cost analysis and on the development and launch of the Clean Energy Ministerial. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow in geosciences and public policy at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in geobiology from Caltech and his undergraduate degree in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago. Prof. Kopp is a Rutgers-New Brunswick Chancellor’s Scholar and a past Leopold Leadership Fellow. He is a recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s James B. Macelwane and William Gilbert Medals and the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA)’s Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal.
Emily specializes in ensuring that decision-makers understand their exposure to the impacts of climate change and have the information available to make sound decisions to effectively manage the associated risks and opportunities. She has more than 15 years of experience in catastrophe modeling and climate analytics. Previously, she spent 12 years at Risk Management Solutions (RMS), a leading catastrophe modeling firm, where she led initiatives focused on client consulting, strategic collaborative R&D, and product go-to-market. Emily also brings experience from Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), where her work concentrated on monitoring climate impacts and developing climate monitoring tools for use in developing countries, and she co-authored numerous peer-reviewed papers on climate science and climate applications. Emily holds a Bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Meteorology from Penn State University.
Daniel is a research analyst with the Climate Impact Lab, focusing on how climate change affects areas vulnerable to tropical cyclones. Before joining the lab, he was a data analyst at a non-profit that promotes fairer pay and working conditions for agricultural and other workers. Daniel holds a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.
Faidat Brimah serves as the treasurer of the Climate Impact Lab and is the Director of Finance and Operations at the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics, responsible for analyzing and monitoring comprehensive financial activities within the BFI and its affiliated centers, including expenditure tracking and assisting faculty and staff with review and negotiation of contracts and data use agreements. Faidat has worked in higher education for more than 5 years. Prior to joining BFI, Faidat held the position of Finance Associate in Urban Labs at the University of Chicago, supporting faculty and staff, in procurement, grant administration, and account management for all five Labs. Faidat holds a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an MBA from Roosevelt University.
Tamma Carleton is a Climate Impact Lab (CIL) affiliate and an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Prior to UCSB, Tamma worked as a postdoctoral scholar in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics at the University of Chicago.
Tamma’s research seeks to improve quantitative understanding of how global environmental change influences and is shaped by economic development. Tamma worked with CIL while completing her PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was also a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency STAR Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Global Policy Lab at the Goldman School of Public Policy. A Rhodes Scholar, Tamma earned master’s degrees in Environmental Change & Management and in Economics for Development at the University of Oxford. She has a BA in Economics from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and was a Research Analyst at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics.
Kate Champion is a pre-doctoral fellow at the Climate Impact Lab within EPIC. She initially started her career in Silicon Valley working in data and product management. Eventually she decided she would rather serve the public over firms and pivoted to into economics and public policy. She received her Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University where she was part of the Environmental Science and Policy program. After a summer fellowship at Advance Research Projects Agency – Energy at the Department of Energy, she is excited to be working for the Climate Impact Lab. Her research at CIL focuses on the unequal impacts of climate change and how adaptation may reduce or exacerbate those differences.
Michael Delgado is a Director at Rhodium Group focusing on the science, economics, and policy of climate change. Mike develops and deploys a range of quantitative tools to study climate change and its impacts, assess risks to human and economic systems, and analyze policy responses. Mike’s team contributes tools, data, and analysis to the Climate Impact Lab as well as to Rhodium’s clean energy and climate impacts work. Prior to RHG, Mike worked with John Weyant at Stanford University as an energy modeler and for the NIF/LIFE team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from Stanford.
Nick is a PhD student in the Energy & Resources Group (ERG) at UC Berkeley assessing the impacts of climate hazards and adaptation policy making. He earned a B.S. in Hydrology and a minor in Environmental Policy from UC Davis in 2013, and his M.S. from ERG in 2019. He has worked on watershed modeling and climate assessment projects in collaboration with regional policymakers for river basins in California, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. His doctoral research is focused on evaluating projected drought patterns across the Central American Dry Corridor and their socioeconomic impacts. He has also conducted research on ecological remote sensing, hurricane impacts in Puerto Rico, climate change and human displacement in the US, sea level rise, and environmental justice legislation in California related to hazardous waste and air pollution. He is currently a member of the Global Policy Lab’s coastal climate impacts research group, as well as a member of the Integrated Multisector, Multiscale Modeling (IM3) team at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
Ruozhou (David) Du is a pre-doctoral fellow at EPIC, working with the Climate Impact Lab on projects from the integration sector. Before joining the Lab, Du graduated from the University of Chicago’s Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS), with a concentration in Economics. Besides Environmental Economics, he is interested in innovation and economic growth. In his MA thesis, he examined whether industrial sectors that are more in need of R&D develop faster in countries with more developed IP system, taking developing countries’ reactions to the TRIPS Agreement as an experiment. Du also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Robert Fofrich is an earth system scientist and postdoctoral associate in the Climate Impact Lab and the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University.
Robert’s research focuses on global environmental change and human society. Specifically, climate change impacts to global society, climate change mitigation and adaptation challenges, inequity of climate change, environmental justice, anthropogenic land-use drivers, and human-driven habitat reduction, biodiversity loss, and wildlife decline.
He received his Ph.D. in Earth System Science from the University of California, Irvine where his research focused on constraints to climate change mitigation and adaptation with an emphasis on energy and agricultural systems. Before this, Robert was at the Center for Climate Sciences at NASA-JPL researching wildfire smoke atmospheric injection heights, and global climate change. He received his bachelor’s in Earth System Science at UC Irvine where his thesis research focused on the relationship between climate change and invasive species in Southern California.
Dr. Fofrich is also a recipient of the 2022 UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, and a past NSF Ridge to Reef Fellow and Jet Propulsion Laboratory Scholar at NASA-JPL.
Rebecca Frost is a Research Professional at the Climate Impact Lab at the University of Chicago. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia. She is interested in how labor forces in fossil fuel-intensive regions respond to climate change policies and the normative reasoning behind efforts to quantify environmental damage. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys biking, gardening, and bird watching.
Jonah Gilbert is a pre-doctoral fellow at EPIC. He is working with the Climate Impact Lab to combine the social costs of greenhouse gases on different facets of society (agriculture, mortality, etc), taking into account the welfare implications of these climate damages. Jonah received his B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Amherst College and his M.A. in Statistics from Columbia University.
Hannah specializes in communicating the relationship between climate and society. She spent five years working as a journalist in Washington, D.C., before joining Rhodium and moving to California. As a reporter, Hannah wrote on a wide range of topics that included federal climate and energy policy, regulatory reform, congressional politics, presidential campaigns, ethics and lobbying. Hannah worked for E&E News and Roll Call, covering Capitol Hill and federal agencies. Hannah holds two degrees from the University of Illinois, a Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.
Andy Hultgren is an assistant professor at the department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a faculty affiliate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and a member of the Climate Impact Lab.
Andy’s doctoral studies were at the University of California, Berkeley’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics where he was a fellow in the Global Policy Lab and a National Science Foundation Data Sciences for the 21st Century fellow. Andy was a postdoc at the Energy Policy Insitute at the University of Chicago and the department of Economics. Before pursuing his PhD, Andy provided climate change analysis services for several federal agency regulatory proceedings and advised numerous local governments and private businesses on approaches to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Along with his wife and two kids, he also spent two years in Argentine Patagonia studying sustainable construction techniques.
Andy also holds a Master’s in Public Policy from U.C. Berkeley and a BSE in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University.
Amir Jina is an assistant professor at the Harris School of Public Policy. He previously served as a postdoctoral scholar at the Economics Department of the University of Chicago. An environmental and development economist, his research focuses on the role of the environment and environmental change in the shaping how societies develop. He uses applied economic techniques combined with methods from climate science and remote sensing to understand the impacts of climate in both rich and poor countries, and has conducted fieldwork related to climate change adaptation with communities in India, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Uganda. Prior to University of Chicago, Amir was a visiting scholar at the Goldman School of Public Policy in University of California, Berkeley where he worked on the economic analysis of the Risky Business initiative, an independent assessment of the economic risks posed by a changing climate in the U.S commissioned by co-chairs Michael R. Bloomberg, Henry Paulson, and Tom Steyer. Amir received his Ph.D. in Sustainable Development and M.A. in Climate and Society both from Columbia University, B.A.s in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from Trinity College, Dublin, and previously worked with the Red Cross/Red Crescent in South Asia.
Jaspreet graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Master’s degree in Computer Science, where she focused on user interface design, data visualization, and visual analytics.
Brewster Malevich is a Senior Research Developer at Rhodium Group, lending his computational and climate research experience to support research, cyberinfrastructure, and software development for the Climate Impact Lab. Prior to joining Rhodium, Brewster was a research scientist at the University of Arizona, working under the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and the Department of Geosciences. Brewster has tackled a variety of data-intensive research questions touching on forest fires, streamflow drought in the Western US, global deglaciation, and the climate preferences of ocean plankton. He received a Ph.D. in Geosciences and Master’s degree from the University of Arizona, as well as a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.
Kelly McCusker is an Associate Director with Rhodium Group’s Energy & Climate practice, lending climate science expertise to a range of projects and managing the firm’s Climate Impact Lab research. Previously, Kelly was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate at the University of Washington and the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada where she studied the role of the changing Arctic sea ice cover on global circulation, weather, and climate using a hierarchy of numerical global climate models. She received a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Providence College and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences with a concentration in Climate Science from the University of Washington, and in between worked as a software developer in defense, finance, and astrophysics.
Ishan Nath is an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco studying topics related to climate change, international trade, economic growth, and development. Ishan received his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 2019, where he stayed for a 2-year pre-job-market postdoctoral fellowship affiliated with the Climate Impact Lab and the Energy Policy Institute. Prior to joining the Fed, Ishan spent the 2021-22 academic year as a postdoctoral fellow in the International Economics Section at Princeton.
Ishan also holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. In addition to his studies, Ishan has policy experience as an intern at the White House, U.S. Treasury, and The Carter Center, and as a consultant for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the Environmental Defense Fund.
DJ is a PhD student at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs at Princeton University. His interests lie at the intersection of Earth’s atmosphere, public affairs, and the economy. He uses numerical models and large data sets to study financial risks related to climate change impacts and extreme weather events. After graduating from UW-Madison with a BS in atmospheric science, DJ was a research fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). He received an MS in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California-Davis.
Johanna is a Ph.D. student in Economics and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Fellow at Northwestern University, where she studies environmental and development economics. Prior to coming to Northwestern, she earned a Masters in Economics at the University of Chicago and worked as a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Energy Policy Institute of Chicago (EPIC). While at EPIC, she launched an interdisciplinary student lunch workshop for young researchers in energy and climate change fields. Johanna earned a B.A. in Environmental Analysis from Pomona College and studied water right trading as a research intern at Resources for the Future.
James Rising is a researcher at the School of Marine Science & Policy at the University of Delaware. He studies and develops frameworks to model the feedback loops between environmental and human systems. He hopes to use new technologies to help communities act on those insights to support sustainability and promote social justice.
Prior to joining UD, James was a researcher at the Grantham Research Institute at LSE and held postdoctoral positions at the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University’s program in Sustainable Development. He previously taught within MIT’s Experimental Study Group and at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. He has also had a career as a software developer, working with over a dozen companies on audio and video processing, social networks, and artificial intelligence.
Ashwin Rode is director, scientific research in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. At EPIC, he is working on the Global Climate Prospectus, a multidisciplinary endeavor that will assess climate change impacts around the world. His other research areas include the political economy of environmental and climate policy and natural resource management. Ashwin received an A.B. in Economics from the University of Chicago, an M.S. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Maggie Young is the Senior Communications Manager for the Energy & Climate team at Rhodium Group. Maggie works to elevate Rhodium’s analysis of climate and energy policy and market developments, both within the US and internationally. She also works with the Climate Impact Lab, supporting their research on the risks of climate change.
Maggie has nearly a decade of experience in strategic climate and research communications. Prior to Rhodium Group, she managed communications for the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, an initiative of over 60 public and private institutions, which has launched 40 investment vehicles. She also helped lead communications across five international teams for Climate Policy Initiative, which advises governments and financial institutions on climate, energy, and land use practices. Maggie has a Bachelor’s degree in International Development from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jiacan is an assistant professor at the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at Fudan University (Shanghai). She is interested in understanding the fundamental dynamical processes in the atmosphere and improving climate models, which could give us better predictive power and risk assessment of the changing climate. Her research apparatus is built with a fusion of advanced statistical methods, idealized general circulation models (GCM), and state of the art earth system models. At present, her research interests include: a. understanding the evolution of climate extremes in the context of climate change; b. estimation of projected sea level rise; c.assessing economic risks from the projection of future climate. Jiacan has worked on several projects on climate dynamics, including the response of large-scale circulations in the warming climate, its effects on regional weather patterns and extreme events, tropical influence on mid-latitude weather, and dynamical mechanisms of sub-seasonal variability of mid-latitude jet streams.
Laura was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow with the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). She worked primarily with the Climate Impact Lab, a multi-organization, multidisciplinary research group co-led by EPIC Director Michael Greenstone that works to calculate the social impacts of climate change. Laura previously worked as a consultant at Energea, a consulting firm that specializes in energy project development in Mexico, assisting in the restructuring of a government agency in charge of regulating industrial safety and environmental protection in the Mexican hydrocarbons sector. She earned her bachelor’s in economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and a master’s in economics from The University of Texas at Austin. Laura is broadly interested in environmental and energy policy and industrial organization.
Sam Anderson serves as a project manager for the Climate Impact Lab. Sam is a Master of Public Policy student at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy with an interest in the intersection of health and environmental policy. Before graduate school, Sam worked as a project manager in clinical research, specifically focused improving patient sleep both inside the hospital and post-discharge. Sam received her bachelor’s degree (with honors) in Biology from the University of Chicago and is a Chicago native, having grown up on the city’s far south side.
Tom Bearpark was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow with the Climate Impact Lab (CIL), a multidisciplinary team of researchers from EPIC, the University of California, Berkeley, Rutgers University and Rhodium Group. His work primarily focused on quantifying the effects of climate change on conflict and migration patterns. Before joining EPIC, Tom earned a master’s degree in Economic Research at the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and economics from the London School of Economics. He also spent two years working as an economist in the United Kingdom’s energy regulator, the Office for Gas and Electricity Markets; during that time he also spent three months in Brussels working for the European Union’s energy regulators. Tom’s research interests are in policy analysis and the role of climate change in economic development.
Ian constructed and applied simulation-based models to understand the economic impacts of climate change. His work, which focused on extreme event risk, forms part of the Climate Impact Lab’s efforts to understand the costs of climate change, and it contributes to a variety of Rhodium’s other climate impacts projects. Ian came to Rhodium after completing his PhD in Energy and Resources at UC Berkeley, where he developed approaches to better leverage process-based modeling in the field of econometrics. Prior to that, he worked as a disease modeler at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley.
Jack Chang is a master’s candidate at the Energy & Resources Group and at the Goldman School of Public Policy, both at UC Berkeley, who worked as a project manager at the Climate Impact Lab. Jack has focused his graduate studies on renewable energy and climate policy in California and internationally. He has also helped edit the Bay Area Report of California’s 4th Climate Change Assessment and is working with the UC Berkeley Sustainability Office on a campuswide sustainability assessment. Previously, Jack worked for two decades as a reporter and editor on three continents, including as the South America bureau chief for McClatchy/Knight Ridder and as a Beijing-based correspondent for The Associated Press. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English at UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University.
Junho is a first-year PhD student at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is currently interested in environmental and climate economics, especially how climate change and societies’ perception of climate change affect socioeconomic growth and inequality through technical change, disaster prevention, and other forms of adaptation and mitigation.
Before starting his PhD, Junho worked at the Climate Impact Lab, as a pre-doctoral fellow at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. He has a BA in economics from Princeton and a MA in computational social science (economics focus) from the University of Chicago. Junho enjoys playing guitar in his free time.
Trinetta Chong is a Project Manager in the Global Policy Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, on the Historical Remote Sensing Project.
For more than three years, Trinetta worked with the Climate Impact Lab, first as a Research Associate and Pre-Doctoral Fellow with the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), then as the Climate Impact Lab’s Research Manger. Prior to joining EPIC, she worked with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to examine the effects of early-life rainfall on child nutrition in Bangladesh. She also worked for several years at Singapore’s national water agency, the Public Utilities Board (PUB), under the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources. Trinetta graduated with a Masters of Public Policy from the Goldman School at the University of California, Berkeley.
Delgerzaya Delgerjargal was a Pre-doctoral Fellow in the Climate Impact Lab at EPIC. Her research focused on quantifying the impact of climate change on the global agricultural sector. She earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and economics from University of Washington in 2019. As an undergraduate student, Delgerzaya studied nesting behaviors of the Mongolian ground jay—an endangered bird species in Mongolia, and for her senior capstone project, she worked with NOAA’s dynamic ensemble model to protect blue whales from ship strikes by predicting whale distributions 30 days in advance. She hopes to give better protection to the environment using economic tools, so that healthy environment and human society can coexist for many more generations.
Greg was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow with EPIC working on the Climate Impact Lab, which looks to better understand the global impacts of climate change. His research interests center on markets for agriculture, energy, and natural resources in developing economies. Prior to joining EPIC, Greg worked with Innovations for Poverty Action as a Research Associate on multiple development economics studies in Uganda and as a Policy Associate working on issues of financial inclusion in New Haven, CT. Previously, he worked with a USAID funded export promotion project in Ghana. Greg holds a BA in Economics and Government from Cornell University.
Meredith Fish was a postdoctoral associate at Rutgers University in the Earth System Science & Policy Lab. She completed her PhD at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego for the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes. Her dissertation focused on identifying and understanding compound events along the US West Coast. In addition to her research, she has worked with stakeholders in water resource management and explored alternative guide curve policies for California. She completed her BS in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University with a concentration in weather risk management. Meredith is interested in the interaction of climate, extreme weather, policy, and economics.
Diana Gergel was a Climate Scientist at Rhodium Group working on a variety of climate science projects in collaboration with the Climate Impact Lab.
Diana has a background in climate modeling and hydrologic model development. Prior to joining Rhodium, she completed a Ph.D. in Computational Hydrology and a Certificate in Climate Science at the University of Washington, where she worked on developing the Regional Arctic System Model (RASM) and studied changes in snow and permafrost in the Arctic.
Diana received a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master’s degree in Environmental History from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed a post-baccalaureate program in Materials Science and Engineering at Boston University to facilitate her transition from history to hydroclimatology. Between graduate school programs, she worked as a research engineer in the solar industry and taught math at an all-girls high school.
Matt Goldklang is a Research Analyst with Rhodium Group’s Energy & Climate team, focusing on climate impacts. Before joining Rhodium, Matt helped develop a climate-biosphere model to evaluate climate change impacts on global ecosystem functionality at the University of Copenhagen. There, he received his Master’s degree in Climate Change. Matt completed his undergraduate degrees in Geology and Geophysics and Energy Studies at Yale University.
Radhika is a predoctoral fellow at the Energy Policy Institute of Chicago (EPIC) working on the Social Cost of Carbon project which is aimed at providing a global assessment of climate change impacts. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Radhika was a research analyst at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC where she conducted research on fiscal policy, agriculture, and political economy for Sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, she worked for the International Growth Centre (directed by London School of Economics and University of Oxford) in the Rwanda and Oxford offices where her research focused on a range of themes including public finance, education, poverty, urbanization and agriculture. She has also consulted for the World Bank and Oxford Policy Management and engaged in fieldwork across Africa and Southeast Asia. Radhika holds an MSc in Economics for Development and a BA in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford and was a Ministry of Education (Singapore) Agency for Science, Technology and Research scholar.
Simon Greenhill was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, and member of the Climate Impact Lab (CIL), a multi-institution collaboration seeking to measure the social cost of carbon. At CIL, Simon primarily studies how climate change will affect human migration. He earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and Arabic from the University of California, Berkeley. While at Berkeley, Simon contributed to research on the labor market effects of the Syrian refugee crisis in neighboring countries and spent a semester studying in Amman, Jordan. He is broadly interested in economic questions at the intersection of energy, climate change and development.
Bethel is the program director of Predoctoral Research Programs at EPIC, working to help coordinate operations of the Climate Impact Lab, which looks to better understand the global impacts of climate change.
Ali Hamidi was a Hydrologist at Rhodium Group examining the physical drivers of changes in coastal storms and flood risk. Ali has a background in statistical and physical-based hydrologic modeling of pluvial and fluvial flooding. Prior to joining Rhodium, Ali was a postdoctoral researcher in Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. His main responsibility at Scripps was to improve hydrological model performance associated with extreme rainfall events and evaluate the hydrological implications of climate models for use in Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations. Ali earned his Ph.D. from the City College of New York in Civil Engineering with the major of Water Resources. His Ph.D. research focused on the spatial-temporal variation of extreme rainfall and its effects on urban infrastructure systems.
Iván Higuera was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). During his first year at EPIC, he worked under the supervision of Steve Cicala, assistant professor at the UChicago Harris School of Public Policy, exploring the behavior of energy markets and the impacts of energy regulation on population welfare and health. Before joining EPIC, Iván was a research fellow at the Center for Data Science and Public Policy (DSaPP) at the Department of Computer Science at UChicago, where he contributed to the deployment of machine learning models applied to health and criminal justice. Iván was also an research analyst at the Central Bank of Colombia’s Research Unit, where he researched deforestation and protected areas policy. He holds a bachelor’s in economics and political science from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.
Dylan was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow with the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), working primarily with the Climate Impact Lab, a multi-organization, multidisciplinary research group co-led by EPIC Director Michael Greenstone that works to calculate the social impacts of climate change. Prior to joining EPIC, Dylan worked for several years as an economic consultant at NERA Economic Consulting, advising clients in the energy sector on environmental and economic issues. As an undergraduate research assistant at Brown University, he contributed to research in education and development economics. His current research interests lie broadly in environmental policy and international development. Dylan has a bachelor’s in applied mathematics and economics from Brown.
Solomon Hsiang combines data with mathematical models to understand how society and the environment influence one another. In particular, he focuses on how policy can encourage economic development while managing the global climate. His research has been published in Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Hsiang was Lead Economist for the 2014 analysis Economic Risks of Climate Change: An American Prospectus, the scientific analysis behind the Risky Business report published by Michael Bloomberg, Hank Paulson, Thomas Steyer and colleagues. Hsiang earned a BS in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science and a BS in Urban Studies and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he received a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Applied Econometrics at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at Princeton University. Hsiang is currently the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and a Faculty Research Fellow at the NBER. In 2013, Hsiang became the inaugural recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s Science for Solutions Award for “significant contributions in the application and use of Earth and space sciences to solve societal problems”. In 2014, Hsiang was named in Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Law and Policy.
Azhar was a Pre-Doctoral fellow with EPIC at the University of Chicago working on the Climate Impact Lab. He is interested in energy and environment economics research, and has already worked on a study named Light Up Bihar in India with J-PAL for over two years. The study focuses on improving the revenue parameters and checking commercial losses incurred by the Power Distribution Companies in Bihar. It also tries to reinstate the fact that electricity service delivery in India is a collective-action problem; and to make it sustainable, we need not only well-functioning power markets, but also people’s understanding of the fact that electricity is a private good, and not a free commodity. Azhar received his undergraduate degree in Mining Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi.
Stefan was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at UCSB’s Environmental Market Solutions Lab (emLab) working on the Climate Impact Lab projects to estimate the impacts of climate change on mortality and migration. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Math from Northeastern University. At Berkeley, Stefan focused his research around housing, migration, and mobility; including as a California Policy Lab (CPL) fellow, where he measured the impacts of the 2009 foreclosure crisis on displacement and neighborhood change. Prior to graduate school, Stefan worked in macroeconomic research and forecasting roles at the IMF and at a Canadian pension fund.
Theo is a Pre-Doctoral Fellow with EPIC. When it comes to his research, Theo’s interested in making the representation of energy systems and energy use in Integrated Assessment Models more realistic and useful. Before coming to EPIC, Theo completed his Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy (MSESP) degree at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.
Megan was project manager for the Climate Impact Lab in 2016. She received her Masters in Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Previously, Megan was the Assistant Director of Global and Executive Programs at the Goldman School where she developed leadership and management programs for governments and institutions from around the world. Megan earned a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kate Larsen is a Director at Rhodium Group and leads the firm’s international energy and climate research. Kate specializes in analysis of the impacts of clean energy policy and market trends on US and international greenhouse gas emissions and strategies to decarbonize the global economy. From 2016 to 2019, Kate worked with Climate Impact Lab, on its efforts to calculate the global costs of climate change.
Prior to joining RHG, Kate worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality where she was Deputy Director for Energy and Climate Change where she helped develop President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. From 2007 to 2013, Kate worked in the Office of Climate Change at the US Department of State, serving as lead US negotiator on mitigation commitments and compliance in the UN climate negotiations. She was one of the lead contributors in designing the first universal system for measurement, reporting, and verification of developed and developing country emissions and commitments under the UN. Prior to the State Department, Kate worked at the International Energy Agency in Paris, the World Resources Institute in Washington, and the Environmental Defense Fund in California. She received a Bachelor’s in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Texas, Austin.
Jaecheol is a PhD student in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley who worked with the Climate Impact Lab team. He graduated from Seoul National University (SNU) with a BA in Economics and Hispanic Linguistics and Literature. He also earned a Master’s in International Studies in the same university with a concentration in development. Prior to coming to Berkeley, he participated in a project analyzing the trade effect of non-tariff measures as a consultant at Deloitte LLC. He is a grantee of the 2017 Fulbright Graduate Study Award, which is funded by the United States Department of State. His research currently focuses on the impact of transboundary air pollution. Specifically, he is interested in identifying the effects of Chinese air pollution on South Korea, which is a growing issue between the neighboring countries.
Ruixue was a pre-doctoral fellow with the Climate Impact Lab at EPIC, engaged mainly in the work on quantifying the global impact of climate change in the labor and energy sectors.
She graduated with a Masters in Computational Social Science from the University of Chicago before joining the Climate Impact Lab. During her master’s studies, she specialized in economics, and interned at the Energy & Environment Lab of UChicago Urban Labs where she worked on evaluating the impact of water conservation policies and was introduced to energy and environmental economics.
Terin Mayer served as Director of Special Projects for the Climate Impact Lab from October 2019 to August 2020. Terin is a Ph.D. student and emerging political economist at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where his research focuses on the intersection of local government finance, water and land resources, and climate change. He is a member of Dr. Bonnie Keeler’s lab, where he provides GIS analysis for research funded through the Legislative Citizen Commission for Minnesota Resources.
From May 2017 to June 2018, Terin was the project manager for the Climate Impact Lab’s efforts to update the social cost of carbon, concurrently earning his Masters in Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley. Before graduate school, he worked with progressive community-based nonprofits and labor unions in Minnesota to build organizational strength and leverage grassroots engagement into winning issue and electoral campaigns. Terin received his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (magna cum laude) from Carleton College. He spent ten years of his childhood in Bolivia, Spain, and Chile with his sister and parents, an elementary school educator and a US Air Force officer.
Shashank Mohan was a partner at Rhodium Group and leads the development and management of Rhodium’s suite of economic models and other quantitative tools.
Shashank joined Rhodium in 2008 as a research analyst and worked across Rhodium’s practice areas to analyze the impact of policy proposals and structural developments on specific markets and broader economic trends. He has extensive experience building and leveraging a wide variety of economic and energy system modeling to inform market and policy-relevant energy, economic and environmental analysis. Before joining Rhodium, Shashank was a software engineer at Microsoft.
Shashank holds a Master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and is a Mathematics and Computer Science graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur.
Maya Norman worked as a Pre-Doctoral Fellow with the Climate Impact Lab, a multi-organization, multidisciplinary research group co-led by EPIC Director Michael Greenstone that works to calculate the social impacts of climate change. She primarily worked on calculating the impact of energy consumption on climate change, and researching coastal impacts. Before joining EPIC, Maya was a research intern with Earth Economics, where she assisted with the benefit-cost analysis of navigation expansion project on the Upper Mississippi River. As an undergraduate Maya studied how to optimize trash production levels and the role of aquaculture in alleviating policy tensions surrounding Maine fisheries. She is broadly interested in the intersection between natural systems and human infrastructure as well as how policy can better optimize resource use. Maya has a bachelor’s in economics from Bowdoin College.
Sam Ori is the Executive Director at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). From 2013 to 2015, he served as Executive Vice President at Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), a Washington, DC-based organization dedicated to reducing American oil dependence in order to enhance economic and national security. From 2007 to 2013, Sam led SAFE’s policy work on a variety of topics, ranging from global oil and natural gas markets to transportation technology. Prior to joining SAFE, Sam spent four years working in the federal government at the Broadcasting Board of Governors and Department of State, including at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India.
Sébastien is a Pre-Doctoral Fellow with EPIC. His research explores the impact of global warming on the economy, including labor productivity, mortality rate, and agriculture yields, among other economic factors. Sébastien received his B.A. in Economics from Ecole Normale Supérieure, in his home country of France, and an M.A. in Energy and Environmental Economics from Université Paris-Dauphine. Prior to joining EPIC, he worked on assessing the impact of intermittent renewable energies on electricity prices as a research assistant at the Chaire European Electricity Markets.
Kit Schwarz was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow working at the Climate Impact Lab. She earned a Bachelor of International Economics from the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining CIL, Kit was a research assistant at Pragati Abhiyan, studying the effect of commercial dairies on pastoral groups and the effectiveness of yield-improvement techniques for millet farmers. She also spent 6 months working in Moria refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece. Her research interests lie in the fields of development, environment, and humanitarian aid.
Nishka Sharma was a Pre-doctoral Fellow with the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), where she works with the Climate Impact Lab, a multi-institution, multidisciplinary research group co-led by EPIC Director Michael Greenstone that works to quantify the impact of climate change. She earned her master’s in International and Development Economics from Yale University and a bachelor’s in economics from India. In the past Nishka worked as a researcher at the Indian School of Business in India on projects that empirically evaluated the impact of digital identity in social welfare programs. Her current research interests lie broadly in the intersection of environmental and development economics including social impacts of climate change, and how adaptation to climate change be made more accessible.
Justin was a data engineer with the Rhodium Group and 2-year member of the Climate Impact Lab.
joined RHG with a background in international affairs and defense. Prior to RHG, he worked as a Cryptologic Technician in the Navy, a Foreign Service Officer at State, and a defense contractor. He is a graduate of Boston University and the Defense Language Institute. He has also taken advanced graduate training in Chinese Studies at the University of Hawaii and data science and data engineering courses at Galvanize in San Francisco.
Yuqi was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at EPIC working on the Climate Impact Lab. Her area of interest is inter-disciplinary research including economics of climate change and pollution. Prior to joining EPIC, she studied at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a focus on finance and received an MBA. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics from MIT.
Emile was a pre-doctoral fellow with EPIC, working with the Climate Impact Lab on estimating the impact of the future climate, as projected by climate scientists, on the economy. His background training is economics. In the past, Emile worked as an intern at the Energy and Prosperity Chair in Paris on a research project that aimed to empirically evaluate the welfare impacts of rural electrification in Rwanda. He also worked as a research assistant at Sciences-Po Paris on identifying the causal effect of Airbnb on rents in European cities.
Jingyuan was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at EPIC and works on the Climate Impact Lab with Michael Greenstone. She is interested in the economics of environmental degradation and climate change. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, she worked as a research assistant at Cornell Institute for China Economic Research. Jingyuan holds an MS in Applied Economics from Cornell University and a Bachelor degree in Environmental Science and Economics from Peking University.