Rebecca Frost
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago
Rebecca Frost
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago

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.

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Kate Champion
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago
Kate Champion
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago

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.

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Jonah Gilbert
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago
Jonah Gilbert
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago

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.

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Ruozhou Du
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago
Ruozhou Du
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago

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.

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Robert Fofrich
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Rutgers University
Robert Fofrich
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Rutgers University

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.