Climate change is one of the defining risks of this century, endangering lives, livelihoods and entire countries. Responses to climate change risk, when done well, have the potential to create more just and equitable societies that protect biodiversity and enhance human wellbeing. Our research assesses how interactions between social, environmental and technological systems can amplify or reduce climate change risks and inform response options for decision-makers.
The global threats of biodiversity loss and climate change are deeply interconnected. Research in the lab uses cutting-edge science to map where, when, and how much biodiversity is at risk from climate change, as well as the consequences of biodiversity loss for people. We are working with conservation managers to use these insights to identify which species are most at risk from climate change and to improve the design and management of protected areas for the future.
Climate change impacts human health in multiple ways including changes in food security and exposure to infectious disease. Research in the lab focuses on how observed climate change has impacted malaria prevalence in Africa and how future climate change will drive novel viral transmission between mammal species, with potential implications for disease emergence in humans. We are also using computer simulations to assess how the deployment of solar geoengineering to offset global warming could affect the risk of malaria, dengue fever and cholera across the global South.