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.
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.
Stefan is 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.
Junho (Jun Ho) Choi is a pre-doctoral fellow for the Climate Impact Lab, working primarily with the coastal impacts team. Before joining the Lab, Choi graduated from the University of Chicago’s Masters in Computational Social Science (MACSS) program, with a concentration in economics. In his MA thesis, Choi conducted an empirical analysis of how recipient-specific information hinders or promotes sponsorship in child sponsorship programs and explored sponsorship organizations’ optimal “inventory” strategies using a simple theoretical model. Choi also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University.
Nishka Sharma is 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.