Presenter Bios


Jawad Addoum
Assistant Professor of Finance | Cornell University

Jawad M. Addoum is an assistant professor of finance and Robert R. Dyson Sesquicentennial Fellow at Cornell University. Professor Addoum’s research focuses on portfolio choice, empirical asset pricing, and behavioral finance. His work examines the determinants of investment decision-making among individual and institutional investors, as well as the effects of investor behavior on stock returns. Professor Addoum’s research has been published in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Management Science. He earned a PhD in finance at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Malcolm Araos
PhD Student | New York University

Malcolm Araos is a PhD student in sociology at NYU. He studies how cities adapt to coastal flooding and how communities respond when large-scale infrastructure projects come to their neighborhoods. He is also interested in questions of climate justice: In the face of escalating climate crisis, who will receive protection to remain in place? Whose expertise will be valued in making decisions about how to protect our cities at risk? His research appears in Environmental Science & Policy and Nature Climate Change, among other journals. He is also a contributing author to the IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees.

Alan Barreca
Associate Professor | UCLA

Alan Barreca joined UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability as an associate professor in 2017. Before that, he worked in the Economics Department at Tulane University in New Orleans. Alan earned a PhD in economics from UC Davis in 2008 and has published articles on a range of issues relating to human health and our environment since then. Alan mainly investigates the reasons why people living in certain climates have more economic advantages and better health than others. His ongoing research has helped identify ways we can mitigate both the costs of weather shocks today—and—the future costs of climate change.

Emily Bondank
Postdoctoral Researcher | Arizona State University

Emily is a postdoctoral researcher at Arizona State University. She is a civil engineer who identifies and characterizes vulnerabilities of infrastructure systems to climate change and interdependencies using mathematical modeling techniques. She uses the models to suggest adaptation strategies to ensure that citizens receive services which underlie their health and economic opportunity—namely clean drinking water, power, and transported storm water. Emily also facilitates workshops with industry and military professionals to co-develop adaption strategy options.

Judson Boomhower
Assistant Professor | UC San Diego

Judson Boomhower is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California San Diego and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His work focuses on energy markets, environmental economics, and climate change. Before joining the UCSD faculty, Judson earned his PhD at the University of California Berkeley and was a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research at Stanford University.

Aishwarya Borate
Graduate Student | UC Irvine

Aishwarya Borate is a PhD candidate in UCI’s Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the school of Social Ecology. She completed her bachelor’s degree in town planning from India and has a master’s in urban planning from Virginia Tech. After graduation, Aishwarya worked at the Center for Geospatial Information Technology, Virginia Tech, assisting in preparation of a hazard mitigation plan for Central Virginia. Her research interests include environmental planning, disaster resilience, and risk management in developing countries. Her research is interdisciplinary and multidimensional, connecting urban planning, economics, geospatial information system (GIS), and hazard mitigation. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, and travelling.

R. Daniel Bressler
PhD Candidate | Columbia University

R. Daniel Bressler is a third-year PhD candidate in the Sustainable Development program at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. His interdisciplinary research focuses on environmental economics, health, political economy, and international security. He is a Global Priorities Fellow at the Forethought Foundation in Oxford and a Nuclear Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Before starting his PhD, he worked as a management consultant for five years. Outside of research, he enjoys jazz, weightlifting, backcountry backpacking, and competitive stair climbing. Personal website: rdanielbressler.com.

Tamma Carleton
Postdoctoral Researcher | University of Chicago

Mikhail Chester
Associate Professor | Arizona State University

Dr. Chester is the director of the Metis Center for Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering at Arizona State University where he maintains a research program focused on preparing infrastructure and their institutions for the challenges of the coming century. His work spans climate adaptation, disruptive technologies, innovative financing, transitions to agility and flexibility, and modernization of infrastructure management. He is broadly interested in how we need to change infrastructure governance, design, and education for the Anthropocene, an era marked by acceleration and uncertainty. He is co-lead of the Urban Resilience to Extremes research network composed of 19 institutions and 250 researchers across the Americas, focused on developing innovative infrastructure solutions for extreme events. He was awarded the American Society of Civil Engineer’s early career researcher Huber price in 2017.

Wade Crowfoot
California Secretary for Natural Resources | California Natural Resources Agency

Wade Crowfoot was appointed California Secretary for Natural Resources by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2019. Crowfoot brings more than 20 years of public policy and environmental experience to the office, with expertise in water, climate and sustainability issues. He most recently served as chief executive officer of the Water Foundation and led its transition into an independent organization early in 2017. Prior to joining the foundation, he served in Governor Jerry Brown’s Administration as deputy cabinet secretary and senior advisor to the Governor, leading the administration’s drought response efforts. He previously served as West Coast regional director for the Environmental Defense Fund and a senior environmental advisor to then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Edith de Guzman
Director of Research | TreePeople
PhD Student
| UCLA

Edith de Guzman is director of research at environmental nonprofit TreePeople and a UCLA PhD student at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She co-founded and directs the Los Angeles Urban Cooling Collaborative, a multi-disciplinary partnership among academic, governmental, and non-governmental partners researching the efficacy, benefits, and applicability of program and policy approaches to heat mitigation, including changes in land cover. A true Bruin, she returns to UCLA after earning a master’s in urban planning and a bachelor’s in history/art history.

Guilherme DePaula
Assistant Professor | Iowa State University

Dr. Guilherme DePaula is an environmental economist focused on improving the effectiveness of private sector solutions for environmental conservation and agricultural development. Specifically, Dr. DePaula investigates the role of farming contracts in technology adoption, the potential for private sector adaptation to climate change, and the design of market instruments to balance development and forest conservation. Dr. DePaula study these mechanisms through the analysis of large farm-level datasets. Dr. DePaula has a PhD in environmental economics from Yale University and is an assistant professor of economics and an affiliate of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University.

Tatyana Deryugina
Assistant Professor | University of Illinois

Tatyana Deryugina is an assistant professor of finance at the University of Illinois. Her research focuses environmental risk. She has studied the economic costs of both natural and man-made environmental shocks, including hurricanes, climate change, hazardous substance spills, and air pollution. Her work includes evaluating the impacts of Hurricane Katrina on the long-run labor market outcomes and survival of residents of New Orleans; estimating the social costs of acute air pollution exposure; and assessing the effect of temperature on the U.S. economy. She has also investigated how farmers adjust their crop insurance choices in anticipation of disaster assistance, how scientific opinions affect laypersons’ beliefs about climate change, and how building energy codes and electricity prices affect energy consumption. Professor Deryugina holds a PhD in economics from MIT, a BA in applied mathematics from UC Berkeley, and a BS in environmental economics and policy from UC Berkeley.

Rachel Ehlers
Principal Fiscal and Policy Analyst | California Legislative Analyst’s Office

Rachel Ehlers is a principal fiscal and policy analyst with the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), which provides nonpartisan advice to the state Legislature. The LAO assists the Legislature in developing the annual state budget, conducts independent analysis of state programs, and produces reports on topics of importance to California. Ms. Ehlers has worked for the LAO for 15 years in a number of different policy areas. Her current assignment includes coastal issues, water management, flood control, and wildlife conservation. Ms. Ehlers holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University.

C.J. Gabbe
Assistant Professor | Santa Clara University

C.J. Gabbe is an urban planner and assistant professor in Santa Clara University’s Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Dr. Gabbe’s research agenda relates to three key topics: (1) the workings of land use regulations; (2) housing and environmental quality; and (3) climate change vulnerability. He is a co-PI on a California Climate Change Research Program grant with the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation. Dr. Gabbe has a PhD in urban planning from UCLA and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Washington.

Teevrat Garg
Assistant Professor of Economics | UC San Diego

Teevrat Garg is an assistant professor of economics at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California in San Diego. His research is at the intersection of environmental and development economics with an emphasis on the role of public policy and institutions in helping the poor cope with environmental stressors such as heat, air, and water pollution. In recent years, he has conducted research in India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal, and Mozambique. Prior to joining UC San Diego, Professor Garg was a postdoctoral fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He received a BA in economics (with Honors) and a BS in mathematics from Lafayette College in 2010, and a PhD in applied economics and management from Cornell University in 2015.

Kian Goh
Assistant Professor | UCLA

Kian Goh, RA, PhD, is an assistant professor of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She researches the relationships between urban ecological design, spatial politics, and social mobilization in the context of climate change and global urbanization. Professor Goh’s current research investigates the urban spatial politics of climate change adaptation. This research traces flows of ideas and influence between sites and adaptation strategies in Southeast Asia, North America, and Europe. More broadly, her research interests include urban theory, urban design, environmental planning, and urban political ecology.

Stéphane Hallegatte
Lead Economist, Climate Change | The World Bank

Stéphane Hallegatte is the lead economist of the World Bank Climate Change Group. He joined the World Bank in 2012 after 10 years of academic research. His research interests include the economics of natural disasters and risk management, climate change adaptation, urban policy and economics, climate change mitigation, and green growth. Mr. Hallegatte was a lead author of the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He was also the team leader for the World Bank Group Climate Change Action Plan. Mr. Hallegatte holds an engineering degree from the Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) and a PhD in economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris).

Kristina Hill
Professor | UC Berkeley

Solomon Hsiang
Chancellor’s Associate Professor of Public Policy | UC Berkeley

Courtney Humphries
PhD Candidate | University of Massachusetts Boston

Courtney Humphries is a PhD candidate in environmental sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a former fellow in the school’s National Science Foundation-funded Coasts & Communities Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT). She is also an award-winning journalist and author who has written about ideas and developments in science, health, and the built environment for numerous publications. She is an alum of MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing and a former Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. Her research focuses on urban infrastructure history and climate adaptation.

Ivan Ivanov
Senior Economist | Federal Reserve Board

Ivan T. Ivanov is a senior economist in the Division of Research and Statistics at Federal Reserve Board. Ivan’s research examines questions in financial intermediation, corporate finance, and climate finance. Ivan’s most recent work studies the propagation of natural disasters through bank lending networks, the role of shadow banks in alleviating such adverse network externalities, and the effect of carbon taxes on firms and their creditors. His corporate finance research has focused on understanding how bank credit helps companies and local governments manage permanent and transitory income shocks as well as the effect of corporate taxes on corporate debt policy.

Robert Kay
Principal and California Lead, Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience, ICF

Robert Kay has 31 years of experience in climate change impact assessment, adaptation planning, resilience assessment, and coastal zone management. He has a unique background of management and policy experience combined with his technical background in climate change vulnerability impacts and adaptation assessment, geomorphology, and coastal planning and management. Based in Los Angles since 2015, he brings global best-practice in climate adaptation to support practical resilience decision making to southern Californian clients. Dr. Kay has a PhD in environmental science from the University of East Anglia and BSc in geology from Cardiff University and is an adjunct professor to the Sustainability Research Centre, Sunshine Coast University, Australia.

Jesse Keenan
Faculty | Harvard University

Ladd Keith
Assistant Professor in Planning | University of Arizona

Carolien Kraan
PhD Researcher | University of Miami

Carolien Kraan is a doctoral researcher at the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. Her dissertation research focuses on flood risk management in a changing climate. She aims to create more understanding of how flooding impacts societies and how policies can be designed and implemented to adapt to flood hazards, mitigating the impacts. Prior to joining UM, Kraan worked at Stanford University, where she focused on integrative assessment of climate change impacts and adaptation. Kraan holds an MSc in Integrated Resource Management from the University of Edinburgh, UK, and a BSc from University College Roosevelt, the Netherlands. She grew up in the Netherlands and has since enjoyed living in Hong Kong, Scotland, France, California, and South Florida.

Ajin Lee
Assistant Professor | Michigan State University

Ajin Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Michigan State University. Her main fields of interest are public and health economics. She studies the effects of different reimbursement models under the U.S. public health insurance programs on provider behavior and patient health, focusing on high-risk newborns and the elderly. She also works on the effects of environmental shocks, such as extreme heat and air pollution, on the health of pregnant women and children. She received her BA in economics from Yonsei University in 2011 and her PhD in economics from Columbia University in 2017.

Christos Makridis
Research Assistant Professor | Arizona State University
Research Fellow
| MIT Sloan

Christos A. Makridis serves as a senior research adviser on the United States National Artificial Intelligence Institute, a assistant research professor at Arizona State University, a digital fellow at the MIT Sloan Initiative on the Digital Economy, a non-resident fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Cyber Security Initiative, a non-resident fellow at the Baylor University Institute for Studies of Religion, and a senior adviser to Gallup. Christos earned his doctorates in economics and management science & engineering at Stanford University.

Samuel Markolf
Assistant Research Professor | Arizona State University

Miriam Marlier
Assistant Professor | UCLA

Miriam Marlier is an assistant professor of global environmental change in the Environmental Health Sciences Department at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist with broad interests in examining interactions between environmental change and public health using remote sensing data and interdisciplinary modeling techniques. Dr. Marlier previously worked as an associate physical scientist at the RAND Corporation and held postdoctoral research appointments at Columbia University and UCLA. She earned her PhD in earth and environmental sciences at Columbia University and her BS at UCLA in atmospheric, oceanic, and environmental sciences from UCLA.

Carlos Martín
Senior Fellow | Urban Institute

Carlos Martín is a senior fellow at the Urban Institute. His expertise includes green housing, disaster policy, climate adaptation, substandard housing, and the construction workforce. Martín currently conducts research on housing adaptation; communities’ capacity for receiving climate migrants; post-disaster housing recovery; and the 100 Resilient Cities evaluation. Before Urban, Martín was assistant vice president at the National Association of Home Builders, SRP professor of construction and architecture at Arizona State University, and coordinator for HUD’s Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing. Martín received his BSAD in architecture from MIT, and MEng and PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford.

Sara Meerow
Assistant Professor | Arizona State University

Dr. Sara Meerow is an assistant professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. She is an interdisciplinary social-ecological systems scientist working at the intersection of urban geography and planning. Her research tackles the challenge of how to make cities more resilient in the face of climate change and other social and environmental hazards. She combines more conceptual studies of urban resilience with empirical research on the complexities of urban resilience, green infrastructure, and climate change adaptation planning in a range of cities.

Rachel Meltzer
Associate Professor | The New School

Rachel Meltzer is associate professor of urban policy and chair of the Public and Urban Policy M.S. degree at the Milano School of Policy, Management and Environment at The New School. Her research is broadly concerned with how economic and institutional “shocks” shape disparate outcomes across neighborhoods. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Meltzer earned her doctorate in public policy and MPA. from New York University and a BA in psychology and mathematics from Dartmouth College.

Alexis Merdjanoff
Clinical Assistant Professor | New York University

Dr. Alexis Merdjanoff is a clinical assistant professor in social and behavioral sciences at New York University’s School of Global Public Health. She is a public health sociologist who explores how exposure to climate change and natural hazards, including hurricanes, floods, and wildfires influence population health, resilience, and long-term recovery. Her recent work explores the intersection of housing and climate change, including an examination of how older adults can successfully age in high-risk coastal areas, as well as how coastal communities can build climate resilience.

Ariane Middel
Assistant Professor | Arizona State University

Renato Molina
Assistant Professor | University of Miami

Renato Molina is an assistant professor in environmental and resource economics at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the Miami Herbert Business School at the University of Miami. His research focuses on natural resource management, climate risk, and natural disasters. His current agenda includes projects on the social value of hurricane forecast, the effect of climate risk on real estate and insurance markets, and the economics of climate adaptation.

Rob Moore
Director, Water & Climate Team | Natural Resources Defense Council

Frances Moore
Assistant Professor | UC Davis

Kelvin Mulungu
Graduate Student | Colorado State University

Ishan Nath
Postdoctoral Scholar | University of Chicago

Ishan Nath is a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Economics and the Climate Impact Lab at the University of Chicago. He conducts research on topics ranging from climate change impacts and adaptation to macroeconomics and development. Ishan completed his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2019. He also holds a BA in economics and a BS in earth systems from Stanford University and an MPhil in economics from the University of Oxford, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

R. Jisung Park
Assistant Professor | UCLA

R. Jisung Park is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy. He previously held an appointment with the Fielding School of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, and received his training as an environmental and labor economist at Harvard University (PhD in economics), where he was an NSF Fellow. Park’s primary research interests are in environmental economics, labor economics, and public finance. He is especially interested in the labor and human capital impacts of climate change, the prospects for long-run climate adaptation, and environmental determinants of economic mobility. Jisung holds a BA from Columbia University and master’s degrees at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship.

Barrett Ristroph
Principal | Ristroph Law, Planning, and Research

Barrett Ristroph, PhD, JD is the owner of Ristroph Law, Planning, and Research, which provides legal, planning, research, and mediation services. Dr. Ristroph works with communities, tribes, agencies, and non-profits on climate change adaptation, natural hazard mitigation, and natural resource and Native law, policy, planning, research, and facilitating dialogues.

Christoph Schiller
Assistant Professor | Arizona State University

Justin Schon
Postdoctoral Researcher | University of Florida

Justin Schon is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Florida. His research focuses on conflict and migration. His book, Surviving the War in Syria: Survival Strategies in a Time of Conflict, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. He received his PhD in political science from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Jeffrey Shrader
Assistant Professor | Columbia University

Jeffrey Shrader is an assistant professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). His work uses theory and data to study how beliefs affect decision making, the role of information—especially professional forecasts—in shaping beliefs, and the effect of forward-looking behavior on empirical analyses. He focuses specifically on the role of information in guiding adaptation behavior by individuals and firms facing risks from climate change. Jeff received his PhD in economics from UC San Diego.

Kevin Smiley
Assistant Professor | SUNY-Buffalo

Kevin T. Smiley is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo). Smiley researches social justice challenges in urban environments. He is the co-author of Market Cities, People Cities (NYU Press, 2018). Smiley is the recipient of an Early-Career Research Fellowship from the National Academies’ Gulf Research Program and is a fellow in the NSF Human, Disasters, and Built Environment program’s Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers. In fall 2020, he will transition to a new position as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Louisiana State University.

Roger von Haefen
Professor | North Carolina State University

Roger H. von Haefen is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and associate director of the Center for Environmental and Resource Economics Policy at North Carolina State University. He is also the current co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. His research spans environmental and resource economics and applied econometrics with a specialization in environmental valuation. He holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame and PhD from Duke University, both in economics.

Joakim Weill
PhD Candidate | UC Davis

Joakim (Jo) Weill is a 4th year PhD candidate in the Agricultural and Resource Economics department at UC Davis. His research leverages microeconomic tools and causal inference in the fields of environmental and public economics to study (i) how environmental changes impact the most vulnerable populations, and (ii) the distributional impacts of public policies that aim to increase environmental resilience. Prior to his doctoral studies, Jo worked as a consultant at the World Bank’s Environment and Natural Resources division. He holds masters in environmental sciences and environmental engineering from AgroParisTech, France.

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Corey White
Assistant Professor | Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Corey White is currently an assistant professor of economics at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. In September, he will start a new position in the Department of Economics at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.  He holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Corey’s research primarily lies at the intersection of health and environmental economics. Much of his research concerns the health effects of exposure to extreme temperatures, and the expected consequences of climate change. A recent project studies whether better access to health care can mitigate health impacts of exposure to extreme temperatures.

Jalonne L. White-Newsome
Senior Program Officer | The Kresge Foundation

Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome is a senior program officer in the Environment Program at The Kresge Foundation and manages the Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems (CREWS) Initiative and grantmaking at the intersection of climate change, health and equity. She is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. A native of Detroit, Jalonne earned a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University.

Bev Wilson
Associate Professor | University of Virginia

Constantine Yannelis
Assistant Professor of Finance | University of Chicago

Constantine Yannelis is an assistant professor of finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His research focuses on household finance, public finance, corporate finance, human capital and student loans. Recent work focuses on repayment, information asymmetries and strategic behavior in the student loan market.