I am a climate scientist, Earth historian, geobiologist, and energy policy wonk. I serve at Rutgers University as an associate professor in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and as Associate Director of the Rutgers Energy Institute. I am also a member of the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and of the Rutgers Climate Institute, and I am affiliated with graduate programs in Atmospheric Sciences, Geological Sciences, Oceanography, Statistics, and Planning and Public Policy.
My 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. I served as the lead scientist for the American Climate Prospectus: Economic Risks in the United States, the technical analysis underlying the Risky Business Project. I also served on the Maryland Climate Change Commission’s sea-level rise expert group and was a contributing author to Working Groups 1 and 2 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report.
Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, I served as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs and as a Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University. I received my Ph.D. in geobiology from Caltech and my undergraduate degree in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago.