Research & Teaching

Associate Professor of Public Policy, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government
Harvard Kennedy School
Philip S. Weld Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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George Grant Maccurdy and Janet G.B. Maccurdy Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology [Emeritus]
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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Dean of Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Mallinckrodt Professor of Geophysics and Professor of Computational Science
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture; Co-Director, Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology Program
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Professor of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology; Curator of Vascular Plants; Co-Director, Harvard University Herbaria
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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Robert P. Burden Professor of Meteorology

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Archibald Cox Professor of Law; Director, Environmental Law Program
Harvard Law School
Associate Professor of Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Professor of Economics and Decision Sciences; Director, Harvard Center for Risk Analysis
Harvard School of Public Health
John and Natty McArthur University Professor
Harvard Business School
Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy; Professor of Environmental Science and Policy; Co-Director, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program
Harvard Kennedy School
Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences; Co-Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment; Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
Vasco McCoy Family Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Geochemistry
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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Assistant Professor of Statistics
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences; co-Director of Graduate Studies, Earth and Planetary Sciences
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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Lecturer in Architecture
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Harvard Kennedy School



This course covers disasters including volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, fires, landslides, hurricanes, famines, pandemic diseases, meteorite impacts, and hurricanes. The course presents basic science, along with detailed case studies of past and present events.

The greatest challenge at the intersection of science, technology, and public policy in the 21st century has arisen because society is getting 80 percent of the massive quantities of energy it needs using fuels and technologies that are disrupting global climate and the array of environmental goo

A comprehensive study of the major carbon-containing gases in the atmosphere (CO2 and CH4), emphasizing biogeochemical processes in the oceans, land and atmosphere that regulate their global abundances, plus the human-controlled processes and multiple feedbacks that perturb them.

Our understanding of Earth has changed radically in the last two centuries: after many years of debate, many major questions have come to be seen as largely answered. It is now accepted that the planet formed over 4.5 billion years ago; that the Earth’s surface is made of rigid segments—called pl

This course will explore the relationship between climate, environment and human evolution. How did hominins and other mammals adapt to global cooling and grassland expansion?

The future is not what it used to be.

This course has a limited number of seats to be filled by students from multiple disciplines (law, business, engineering, design, public policy, and public health). Interdisciplinary student teams will design projects for reducing the use of fossil fuels in the U.S.

Lobbying is often called the 4th branch of government since this multi-billion dollar industry significantly impacts policymaking.

What’s the right carbon price? What can whale oil and horse manure teach us today? What’s the role of solar geoengineering?

Rapid human population growth and even more rapid growth in consumption are driving a transformation of most of Earth’s natural systems including its climate system, its oceans, land cover, biogeochemical cycles, biodiversity, and coastal and fresh water systems.  These systems underpin global fo

This course aims to place current and anticipated changes in climate into the context of past events in Earth's history.  Current variations in temperature, precipitation, and sea level are examined in the context of events such as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, greening of the Sahara, and

Climate change, urbanization, and conflict mean that global disasters are on the rise.  How should the world respond when disasters force people from their homes?  How can we better help the world’s refugees?  This course examines the past, present, and future of the international humanitarian re

Climate change is one of the most difficult problems facing humanity. A small sample of questions to be asked and answers attempted in this seminar includes the following. How do we analyze and decide what to “do” about climate change?

Atmospheric radiative transfer, including stellar properties, spectroscopy, gray and real gas calculations, Mie theory and scattering, satellite retrievals, and radiative-convective climate modelling.

Study of water as a critical resource and as a factor in Earth surface and near-surface processes. Focus on development of relevant mechanics and physics. Hydrologic cycle, surface and groundwater, evapotranspiration, soil physics.

The module will examine the evolution of multilateral attempts to address climate change. The primary focus will be on mitigation (i.e., emissions reduction), but we will consider policy for adaptation, climate finance, and geoengineering, as well.

Growing income inequality, poor or declining educational systems, unequal access to affordable health care and the fear of continuing economic distress are putting stress on political systems worldwide and challenging the credibility of business.

The seminar will provide a historical perspective on the development of the Chinese economy with emphasis on the energy sector, including analysis of related environmental problems.

Fundamental physics and chemistry underlying the science and technology of aerosols. Taught by reference to topical problems in atmospheric chemistry, planetary climates, human health, and technologies of nanofabrication.

In this course a framework of tropospheric chemistry will be generated that requires no previous knowledge of this topic. The goal is to develop an understanding of chemical and physical processes in the troposphere.


April 4, 2018
Science Center Lecture Hall C, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
The Harvard University Center for the Environment and the WGBH Science Series NOVA invite you to a special sneak preview event featuring clips from upcoming NOVA film, DECODING THE WEATHER MACHINE. Followed by a discussion with Paula S. Apsell, NOVA Senior Executive Producer; Daniel Schrag, Harvard University; Ralph Keeling, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego; Jim McCarthy, Harvard University; Doug Hamilton, Writer, Producer, and Director of DECODING THE WEATHER MACHINE; and Caitlin Saks, Co-Producer of DECODING THE WEATHER MACHINE and Science Editor for NOVA.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 5:30pm
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March 28, 2018
Room 502, Kresge Bldg, 677 Huntington Ave., Boston
The Dept. of Global Health and Population at HSPH presents "Training Future Leaders in Global Health" with Roger Glass, Director of the Fogarty International Center and Associate Director for International Research at National Institutes of Health, as part of Global Health Week 2018.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
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March 29, 2018
Physics Department, 17 Oxford St., Jefferson 250, Cambridge
Sir Michael Berry, Melville Wills Professor of Physics (Emeritus) at the University of Bristol, UK, will discuss "Nature’s Optics and Our Understanding of Light."
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 11:30am
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March 31, 2018
Geological Lecture Hall (100), 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
Massachusetts Sierra Club Greater Boston Group and Biodiversity for a Livable Climate invite you this all-day conference focused on the importance of ecosystem health.
Saturday, March 31, 2018 (All day)
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March 30, 2018
HUCE Seminar Room 440, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge
“Mass law slopes and 18O kinetic isotope effects during aerobic respiration” with Daniel Stolper, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley. The second of two special HUCE/EPS/Geobiology seminars.
Friday, March 30, 2018 - 3:00pm
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March 28, 2018
HUCE Seminar Room 440, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge
“A record of deep-ocean dissolved O2 from the oxidation state of iron in submarine basalts” with Daniel Stolper, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley. The first of two special HUCE/EPS/Geobiology seminars.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 12:00pm
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March 20, 2018
Kresge 439, HSPH, 677 Huntington Ave., Boston
Join the Harvard Global Health Institute for a ‘work-in-progress’ research seminar featuring two talented students from HSPH and GSD: "Protecting Human Health in a World Above Two Degrees: Smart Pathways toward Climate-Smart Health Systems in the Philippines" with Renzo Guinto, HSPH, and "From Junkyard to Peace Promotion Project: A Transdisciplinary Approach through Participatory Design" with Ignacio Cardona, GSD.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
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March 28, 2018
The Institute of Politics, HKS, 79 JFK St., Cambridge
A Conversation with Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus in Entomology at Harvard University, Author, The Origins of Creativity, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, Two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner; Terry Tempest Williams, Writer-in-residence, Harvard Divinity School, Naturalist and Environmental Writer, Author, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks; Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, U.S. National Park Service (2009-2017), Executive Director, Institute for Parks, People and Biodiversity, University of California, Berkeley, Author, The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water; and moderated by Linda J. Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS, Member, National Park Service Advisory Board.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 6:00pm
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March 29, 2018
Haller Hall (102), 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
Daniela Domeisen, Professor of Atmospheric Predictability, Dept. of Environmental Systems Science, Institute of Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 2:00pm
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March 26, 2018
Haller Hall (102), 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
Tripti Bhattacharya, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, will discuss "Glacial Climates and Monsoon Dynamics in Proxies and Models."
Monday, March 26, 2018 - 12:00pm
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March 22, 2018
Haller Hall (102), 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
“The Influence of Winter Ventilation on the Ocean's Biological Carbon Pump" with Hilary Palevsky, Postdoctoral Scholar, Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 2:00pm
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March 29, 2018
Northwest B101, 52 Oxford ST., Cambridge
The Harvard University Center for the Environment hosts a special seminar with François Morel, Albert G. Blanke, Jr., Professor of Geosciences; Professor of Geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University.
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 5:00pm
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March 21, 2018
Haller Hall (102), 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
Join the Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) for a discussion featuring women from around the world showcasing solutions at the intersection of global environmental change, human health, and social justice. Panelists include Kinari Webb, founder of Health In Harmony; Laura Stachel, founder of We Care Solar; and Fatima Ahmed, founder of Zenab for Women in Development. Professor Gina McCarthy, Director of the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment and former EPA Administrator; Tim Wirth, former US Senator and Vice-Chair of the United Nations Foundation; and Sam Myers, Director of the Planetary Health Alliance and Principal Research Scientist at HSPH, will moderate.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm
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March 20, 2018
Harvard Global Health Institute, 42 Church St., Cambridge
Join the Harvard Global Health Institute for an exciting Climate Change and Global Health seminar with Professor Patrick Kinney, Beverly Brown Professor of Urban Health, Boston University's School of Public Health, who will speak on "Climate Change, Air Quality, and Human Health."
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 1:00pm
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March 19, 2018
Haller Hall (102), Geo Museum, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
Marianna Linz, Postdoctoral Scholar, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, will discuss "Age of Air and the Circulation of the Stratosphere."
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:00pm
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March 9, 2018
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 160 Packard Ave., Cambridge
Fletcher Arctic VII is a conference organized by the Fletcher Arctic Initiative that brings together high-level leaders working in business, governance, human rights, international law, and science from around the world to share insights, research, and engage in conversations on the pressing issues of a multi-disciplinary nature in the Arctic region.
Friday, March 9, 2018 (All day)
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March 22, 2018
HUCE Seminar Room 429, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge
The Harvard University Solar Geoengineering Research Program presents "Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering Large Ensemble (GLENS) Project" with Simone Tilmes, Project Scientist II, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
Thursday, March 22, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
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April 6, 2018
Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering (CILSE), 1st floor, 610 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University is pleased to announce its annual Distinguished Lecture, "A Complex Dilemma: The Intersections of Poverty, Gender, Ethnicity, and Race in Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation" featuring Diana Liverman, Regents Professor of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. Reception to follow.
Friday, April 6, 2018 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm
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March 9, 2018
Live webcast
Six months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a panel of experts will assess persistent public health challenges on the island and the outlook for long-term recovery. Power restoration, health care coordination, and medical services delivery on the island are just some of the pressing issues the panelists will explore.
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 12:00pm
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March 8, 2018
Haller Hall (102), Geo Museum, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
"The Trichodesmium Microbiome and Its Role in the Marine Nitrogen and Phosphorus Cycles" Benjamin Van Mooy, Senior Scientist, Dept. of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 2:00pm
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Monday, December 4 -  "Contested Realities: India's Environmental Movement and the Politics of Change" 

Sunita Narain, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi

Monday, May 8 - "Understanding and Improving Crop Responses to Global Atmospheric Change"

Lisa Ainsworth, Associate Professor of Plant Biology; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Crop Sciences, USDA ARS Photosynthesis Research Unit, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Climate change is one of the most complicated and challenging problems the world has ever faced.

It is a global problem, and one that requires global action to manage the impacts and minimize the risks. Here at Harvard, we are fortunate enough to have faculty members with expertise, across many disciplines, who contribute through their teaching, their research, and their leadership to a broad effort to help lead the world toward solutions.

Friday, April 28 – "Achieving Harvard’s Science-based Climate Goal"
Heather Henriksen, Director, Office for Sustainability,

Wednesday, April 26 - "Defending the Climate in the Trumpocene "

David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Thursday, February 23 - "Meeting Future Food Needs: The Global Food System Under Climate Change"

Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Friday, December 2 - "Stillness and Momentum Through Climate Change"
Artist  Zaria Forman

The inspiration for Forman's drawings began in early childhood when she traveled with her family throughout several of the world's most remote landscapes, which were the subject of her mother's fine art photography.

Tuesday, November 15 - "Challenges for the New President"

Bob Perciasepe, President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Tuesday, October 18 - "Looking Up: How Coalitions of Bottom-Up Organizations are Driving Action for Sustainable Development"

Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General

With Panelists:

William Clark, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development, Harvard Kennedy School

May 13, 2016 - "Approaching the Anthropocene: Perspectives from the humanities and the sciences"

Thursday, April 21 — “Novel Climates - Novel Ecosystems: Effects of directional changes in precipitation amount and variability”
Osvaldo Sala, Julie A. Wrigley Professor of Life Sciences, Professor of Sustainability, Arizona State University

with Jody Freeman and Richard Lazarus, Moderated by Kate Konschnik 

Tuesday, December 8 — “Exploring Global Warming with Climate Models of Various Complexity”
Syukuro “Suki” Manabe, Senior Meteorologist at Princeton University

Thursday, October 8 “The Hidden Environmental Impacts of Beach Nourishment”
Robert S. Young, Director, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, Western Carolina University

Wednesday, April 8 – Climate Week Poetry Reading
Paisley Rekdal, Professor, English, University of Utah

Friday, April 10 – "Humanitarian Implications of Climate Change"
Vincenzo Bolletino, Research Associate, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Gregg Greenough, Director of Research, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; and Ronak Patel, Director, Urbanization and Crises Program, Harvard Humanitarian Inititative

Friday, April 10 – "Jet Stream Variability and Climate"
Zhiming Kuang, Gordon McKay Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science, Harvard University


The undergraduate concentration in Environmental Science and Public Policy is designed to provide a multi-disciplinary introduction to current problems of the environment. It is founded on the premise that the ability to form rational judgments concerning many of the complex challenges confronting society today involving the environment requires both an understanding of the underlying scientific and technical issues and an appreciation for the relevant economic, political, legal, historical and ethical dimensions.

Through integrated, cross-disciplinary initiatives in research, teaching, training, and public outreach the Program seeks to develop foundational, policy-relevant insights into the nature of science and technology, and the ways in which they both influence and are influenced by society, politics, and culture. 

The Office for Sustainability at Harvard connects people across the University with information, tools, and inspiration for the challenge at hand: making Harvard sustainable for the long term.

The mission of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government is to advance the state of knowledge and policy analysis concerning some of society’s most challenging problems at the interface of the public and private sectors.

Harvard's Sustainability Science Program harnesses the University's strengths to promote the design of institutions, policies, and practices that support sustainable development. The Program addresses the challenge of sustainable development by:

  • advancing scientific understanding of human-environment systems;
  • improving linkages between research and policy communities; and
  • building capacity for linking knowledge with action to promote sustainability.

The goal of the project is to help identify key design elements of a scientifically sound, economically rational, and politically pragmatic post-2012 international policy architecture for global climate change. We will draw upon leading thinkers from academia, private industry, government, and non-governmental organizations to construct a small set of promising policy frameworks, and then disseminate and discuss the design elements and frameworks with decision makers in the United States, Europe, and around the world.

From a center comprised of 3000 acres of land, research facilities, and the Fisher Museum the scientists, students, and collaborators at the Forest explore topics ranging from conservation and environmental change to land-use history and the ways in which physical, biological and human systems interact to change our earth.

The Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) is the center of the Harvard Kennedy School's research and outreach on public policy that affects global environmental quality and natural resource management.

The China Project is a research program focused on China’s atmospheric environment, collaborating across the schools of Harvard University and with Chinese universities. It conducts interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed studies on air pollution and greenhouse gases in China, from the root causes in the demand for and supply of energy powering its economy, to the chemistry and transport of pollutants in the atmosphere, to their impacts on human health and the economy.

Part of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, research areas include atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric and climate dynamics. A weekly seminar series is held on Fridays at noon.

The goal of research in atmosphere, ocean, and climate dynamics at Harvard is a better understanding of Earth's weather and climate on time scales from a few days to millions of years. Climate seminars are held monthly during the academic year.

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