Washington University is a research-based university. WUCCP’s Research Database facilitates collaboration between WashU faculty and students on climate-related research. Each entry links to a researcher’s lab website or department biography and includes a self-reported research description. The entries can be categorized by name or department.

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Ramesh Agarwal, PhD

William Palm Professor of Engineering

  • Sustainable Aviation and Ground Transportation
  • Green and High Performance Buildings
  • HVAC & R Systems
  • Climate Modeling
  • Global Warming
  • Stabilization Wedges to Control Global Warming
  • Sustainable Development

Damena Agonafer, PhD

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

  • Data Center Cooling
  • Thermal Management
  • Thermal Desalination
  • Hypersonics
  • Additive Manufacturing

Richard Axelbaum, PhD

The Stifel & Quinette Jens Professor of Environmental Engineering Science, Energy, Environ. & Chem. Engr.

  • Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS)

Peng Bai, PhD

Assistant Professor in Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

  • Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems

Tim Bartley, PhD

Professor of Sociology

  • Forests and climate
  • Transnational governance
  • Global production networks
  • Corporate sustainability
  • Environmental justice

Arpita Bose, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology and Earth & Planetary Sciences

  • Sustainable bioproduction
  • Carbon sequestration

Carlos A Botero, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

  • Evolutionary ecology

Alexander S Bradley, PhD

Associate Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences

  • Environmental and biological parameters that produce chemical compounds stored in the geological record
  • Compounds that can be climate proxies

Jeffrey G Catalano, PhD

Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences

  • Biogeochemistry in soils and aquatic system

Danielle Dutton, PhD

Associate Professor, English

  • Creative writing

Ray Ehrhard, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

  • Pollution control
  • Energy management

David A Fike, PhD

Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences

  • Biogeochemical cycling
  • Stable isotope analysis
  • Earth’s long-term environmental evolution
  • Past records of Earth’s environmental change

Catalina Freixas, MArch

Associate Professor, Architecture

  • Resilience in natural, built, and social environments
  • Social and environmental consequences of urban segregation

Daniel Giammar, PhD

Professor of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

  • Carbon Capture and Sequestration
  • Biogeochemical Processes Influencing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Bret Gustafon, PhD

Associate Professor of Anthropology

  • Corruption in the fossil fuel industry
  • Community resistance to polluting corporations
  • Corporate and academic greenwashing
  • Fossil fuel industry interference in local and state policy making

Sophia Hayes, PhD

Professor, Department of Chemistry

  • Carbon capture and sequestration

Zhen (Jason) He, PhD

Professor of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering

  • Energy-efficient water and wastewater treatment
  • Resource recovery from wastes
  • Bioenergy production

Patty Heyda, MArch

Associate Professor, Urban Design and Architecture

  • American cities
  • Redevelopment, Race and Inequality
  • Cities and climate change
  • Mapping
  • Urban Design
  • Architecture
  • Planning and Public policy

John Hoal, MAUD

Professor, Architecture

  • Sustainable Urbanism
  • Design and activation of public space
  • Climate Resiliency Planning
  • Equitable City Redevelopment
  • Philosophy of architecture and the city

Derek Hoeferlin, MArch

Associate Professor, Chair of landscape architecture and urban design programs

  • Architecture
  • Landscape architecture
  • Urban design
  • Water-based design strategies
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Comparative watershed research

Elizabeth Hubertz, JD

Director/Associate Prof of Practice, Clinical

Client-service organization working on:

  • Pollution (air, water, land)
  • Environmental justice issues (home heating costs, mold, vacancies)

Lora Iannotti, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health

  • Nutrition
  • Sustainable healthy diets
  • Food security

Young-Shin Jun, PhD

Professor in Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

  • Carbon capture, utilization, and storage
  • CO2-material interactions
  • Water purification for remote or disaster-struck areas

Jonathan Katz, PhD

Professor of Physics

  • Historical climatology

Tristram R. Kidder

Chair and Professor of Anthropology

  • Historical ecology
  • Landscape and environmental archaeology
  • Climate’s impact on human societies

Bronwen L Konecky, PhD

Assistant Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences

  • Tropical climate variability and change
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Global water cycle
  • Stable isotope and organic geochemistry
  • Paleoclimate modeling and data-model intercomparison
  • Natural drivers of climate change

Johnelle Lamarque, PhD

Lecturer, Anthropology

  • Environmental and housing issues

Suzanne Loui, PhD

Lecturer, Environmental Studies

  • Environmental humanities
  • Environmental modernism
  • Public perception of energy technologies
  • Science communication
  • Environmental History

Frank Lovett, PhD

Professor, Political Science

  • Theories of Freedom
  • Social Justice
  • Rule of Law

Randall Martin, PhD

Professor in Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering

  • Atmospheric composition
  • Atmospheric aerosols
  • Satellite remote sensing
  • Atmospheric modeling
  • Atmospheric chemistry

Edward McPherson, MFA

Associate Professor of English

  • Environmental justice
  • Climate Change
  • Radioactive/nuclear legacy
  • Fracking/oil & gas production

Kim Medley, PhD

Director of Tyson Research Center, Tyson Research Center

  • Ecology and evolution of infectious diseases
  • Urban ecology and evolution
  • Disease vector ecology and evolution
  • Human-environment interactions

Rohan Mishra, PhD

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

  • Electrocatalysts
  • Solar cells
  • Batteries

Jonathan Myers, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology

  • Biodiversity & Environmental Change
  • Community Ecology
  • Biogeography
  • Fire & Disturbance Ecology
  • Species Interactions in Changing Environments
  • Forest Ecology
  • Plant Functional Ecology & Ecophysiology
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Tropical Ecology

Ryan Ogliore, PhD

Assistant Professor, Physics

  • Paleoproxies of climate change


Kimberly Parker , PhD

Assistant Professor, Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering

  • Pollutant fate & transport
  • Emerging biotechnology
  • Water treatment

Rachel Penczykowski, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

  • Ecology and evolution of infectious diseases
  • Plant pathogen interaction with the environment
  • Environmental drivers of disease
  • Effects of diseases on ecosystems

William Pickard, PhD

Senior Professor, Electricity and Systems Engineering

  • Exploring fossil fuel trajectories
  • Preparing for fossil fuel depletion
  • Evaluating sustainability of renewable energy sources
  • Discerning potential realism of proposed energy storage technologies

Robert Pollak, PhD

Hernreich Distinguished Professor of Economics

  • Environmental policy

Ramesh Raliya, PhD

Research Scientist, Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering

  • Reducing fertilizer runoff
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Energy efficient recovery
  • Recycling and reuse of nutrients and water
  • Integration of data science and artificial intelligence

Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, PhD

Associate Professor, Fashion Design

  • Sustainable fashion

Bryce Sadtler, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

  • Solar Energy Conversion

Linda Samuels, PhD

Associate Professor in Urban Design

  • Urban Design
  • Sustainable Urbanism
  • Next Generation Infrastructure
  • Alternative Metrics

Feng Sheng Hu, PhD

Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences and Professor, Biology and Earth & Planetary Sciences

  • Long-term ecosystem dynamic changes due to climate change

Betsy Sinclair, PhD

Professor, Political Science

  • Changes in attitudes and opinions surrounding climate change

Jennifer R Smith, PhD

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences

  • Understanding the interaction between humans and their environment as recorded in the archeological record
  • Effects of climatic and environmental changes on resources available to people through time
  • Effects of changes in population and technology on human environmental impact

Steven S Smith, PhD

Kate M. Gregg Distinguished Professor of Social Science, Professor of Political Science

  • Politics of Climate Change
  • Public Attitudes

William H Smith, PhD

Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences

  • Viability and composition of ecological niches
  • Identification of species in oceans
  • Land and urban environments

Joseph Steensma, EdD

Professor of Practice, Public Health

  • Sustainable food systems
  • Leveraging enterprise to solve environmental problems
  • Food/climate/ecology/enterprise nexus

Glenn Davis Stone, PhD

Professor, Anthropology

  • Environmental anthropology
  • Political ecology
  • Agricultural systems
  • Indigenous knowledge

*These topics are derived from the table of contents of the IPCC AR6 report.