Climate Change

  • Bill Chameides, professor of the environment, Nicholas School of the Environment. Specializes in atmospheric sciences, focusing on global climate change and policy options to address it. Chameides worked for three years as the chief scientist of the Environmental Defense Fund and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. (919) 613-8004;
  • James Clark, professor of environmental science and biology. Specializes in the effects of atmospheric chemistry and climate change on forests. Clark, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has written more than 120 refereed scientific articles and published four books. (919) 613-8036;
  • Kate Konschnik, director of the Climate & Energy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Her work focuses on options for public electric utility regulation and electricity market reforms given emerging technologies and de-carbonization goals. (919) 613-8725;
  • Susan Lozier, professor of physical oceanography. Specializes in the ocean’s response to climate change and elevated carbon dioxide levels. In a study published in Nature in May 2009, she and co-author Amy Bower of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution reported finding a surprising new pathway for the North Atlantic Ocean circulation, a conveyor belt-like current that helps regulate the Earth’s climate. (919) 681-8199;
  • Brian Murray, director for economic analysis at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and director of the Duke University Energy Initiative. Specializes in the design of economic policies to address a range of environmental problems, with a focus on climate change policy. This includes the design of cap-and-trade systems; price containment mechanisms; and emissions offsets generated by the agriculture, forest and land use sectors. His work also focuses on blue carbon, which aims to use carbon finance to protect endangered coastal wetland systems rich in carbon and biodiversity. (919) 613-8725;
  • Billy Pizer, professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy and faculty fellow at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Specializes in how clean energy policies can effectively leverage the private sector, how environmental regulation can affect the economy, and how to improve market-based environmental policies. Prior to his arrival at Duke in 2011, he was the deputy assistant secretary for environment and energy at the U.S. Department of Treasury. (919) 613-8729;
  • Tim Profeta, founding director Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Specializes in market-based approaches to environmental regulations, with a particular focus on energy and climate change policy. He also specializes in the Clean Air Act, environmental law and the politics of environmental protection efforts. (919) 613-8709;