Climate Change

  • 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;
  • Wenhong Li, associate professor of climate. Her research interests focus primarily on climate dynamics, land-atmosphere interaction, hydroclimatology, and climate modeling. (919) 684-5015; 
  • Megan Mullin, associate professor of environmental politics. She specializes in environmental politics, with a focus on the intersection between environmental conditions and political decision-making. She also studies how decentralized governance (federal vs. state vs. local authority) affects water management and climate-change policies. (919) 684-1174;
  • Brian Murray, director of the Duke University Energy Initiative, researcher at the Nicholas School of the Environment, faculty affiliate at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. 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;
  • Drew Shindell, professor of earth science. His research focuses on how climate emissions and air pollution affect human health and food security globally. Shindell has testified before Congress and the World Bank on climate and air quality issues, and chairs the science advisory panel to the international Climate and Clean Air Coalition. He is the author on more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and received awards from Scientific American, NASA, the EPA, and the NSF. (919) 681-8467;