• 1991 Upper Buford Circle, 439 Borlaug Hall, Borlaug Hall

    St Paul

    United States

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Research interests

I study how human land use and climate affect the structure and functioning of natural and managed ecosystems. I use numerical models to predict how forests, grasslands, and croplands respond to changes in climate means as well as extreme weather (e.g., droughts) and increases in greenhouse gas concentrations. I am currently predicting how the conversion of current cropland for bioenergy production could impact water resources. I'm also focusing on Minnesota to evaluate how climate might change in the state and what this means for locations that are currently threatened for water shortages or may become threatened. I have also been comparing the urban heat islands of the top 100 most populous cities around the world, and have been characterizing the urban heat island of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan region with the goal of mitigating urban warming to develop cities that are best able to adapt to climate change.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Wisconsin

Award Date: May 14 2004

MS, University of Wisconsin

Award Date: Dec 19 1998

BS, Pennsylvania State University

Award Date: May 7 1994


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