April 24, 2019

Experts on the environment and climate change

Author: UCR News
April 24, 2019


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The environment and climate change

Robert J. Allen, associate professor of earth sciences

Professor Allen can speak to climate change modeling and the impact of climate change on precipitation. Allen’s expertise includes forecasting precipitation levels in California–his research lab, the Allen Climate Dynamic Center, utilizes climate models, as well as a wide range of observations, to improve our understanding of the climate system. 

Contact: rjallen@ucr.edu

Cameron Barrows, professor emeritus and research ecologist at the UCR Center for Conservation Biology

Barrows expertise speaks to the relationship of warmer, wetter conditions to the spread of disease-carrying mosquitos, spreading malaria, Zika, dengue, West Nile diseases, and ticks carrying Lyme disease.


Contact: cameron.barrows@ucr.edu


Carl Cranor, distinguished professor of philosophy

Professor Cranor’s research focuses on the morality, legality, and justice of exposure to toxic molecules that could threaten the public’s health. He can speak to the use of scientific evidence in legal decisions and the just treatment of citizens in U.S. chemical policies, as well as the regulation of carcinogens and developmental toxicants. Cranor has published two articles on climate change, “Collective and Individual Duties to Reduce Global Warming,” in Economic Thought and U.S. Climate Change Policy, ed. David M. Driesen, (Cambridge: MIT Press 2010),  p.153-169. Amy Sinden and Carl Cranor, “The Abandonment of Justice and Toward Distributional Justice,” in Economic Thought and U.S. climate Change Policy, ed. David M. Driesen, (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010), pp. 237-255.

Contact: carl.cranor@ucr.edu


Francesca Hopkins, assistant professor of climate change and sustainability

Professor Hopkins expertise can speak to greenhouse gas emissions, terrestrial carbon cycles, and isotope biogeochemistry. Her publications include work on anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon cycles.


Contact: francesca.hopkins@ucr.edu 

Cesunica Ivey, adjunct professor of chemical and environmental engineering

Ivey has a background in mathematics, civil engineering, and environmental engineering. Her research interests include source apportionment of fine particulate matter, regional air quality modeling for health applications, global atmospheric modeling, and environmental justice. Ivey’s expertise speaks to sources of fine particulate matter, regional air quality modeling for health applications, global atmospheric modeling, and environmental justice.

Contact: cesunica@engr.ucr.edu


Sandra Kirtland Turner, associate professor of paleoclimate and paleoceanography

Turner’s expertise is in paleoclimate, paleoceanography, and biogeochemistry. Her research examines the drivers and consequences of carbon cycling and climate change throughout the early Cenozoic Era.


Contact: sandra.kirtlandturner@ucr.edu 

Wei Liu, assistant professor of climate change and sustainability

Professor Liu’s research interests include physical oceanography and climate change dynamics. He has also published on and has expertise in paleoclimatology. His most recent work, “Oceans and Rapid Climate Change,” was published in 2021 in Perspectives on Health Geography.


Contact: wei.liu@ucr.edu

Andy Ridgwell, professor of geology

Ridgwell has expertise in biochemical modeling, geological climate records, and global carbon cycling. He has published widely on the history of climate change, including  paleoceanography and paleoclimatology.

Contact: andy@seao2.org

Jade Sasser, assistant professor of gender and sexuality studies

Sasser’s research and teaching explore the relationships between large scale environmental problems—such as climate change-- and women’s bodies, health, and activism. She is currently working on a new project that investigates the impacts of climate change, racial injustice, and other existential threats, on reproductive decisions. In addition, she has two ongoing research projects: one addresses how gendered household technologies (specifically improved stoves) animate global anxieties about climate change, toxic exposures, and women’s empowerment in the global South. The second is a partnership with the NAACP that explores the relationships between gender justice and climate justice activism in the U.S. She is the author of On Infertile Ground: Population Control and Women’s Rights in the Era of Climate Change.

Contact: jade.sasser@ucr.edu