Solomon Hsiang - Princeton University


Solomon Hsiang is a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.  Hsiang studies the social impacts of climate, with a focus on economic development and political economy.  For example, his recent work documented that the El Nino-Southern Oscillation has a strong influence on the timing of civil conflicts throughout the global tropics. Hsiang received a B.S. in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science from MIT (2006), a B.S. in Urban Studies and Planning from MIT (2006) and a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University (2011).


David Lobell - Stanford University

David Lobell is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University in Environmental Earth System Science, and a Center Fellow in Stanford's Program on Food Security and the Environment. His research focuses on identifying opportunities to raise crop yields in major agricultural regions, with an emphasis on adaptation to climate change. His current projects span Africa, South Asia, Mexico, and the United States, and involve a range of tools including remote sensing, GIS, and crop and climate models.


Michael Roberts - North Carolina State University

Before jointing the faculty at NCSU, I worked for USDA’s Economic Research Service.  My research focuses on the intersection of agricultural and environmental economics.  I have published papers on the effects of US agricultural policies on production, land use, and the size of farms.  Since leaving USDA, my research has focused increasingly on the potential effects of climate change on production of staple food grains and how biofuel growth has contributed to rising world food prices and food price variability.  I am also doing research on the design of procurement auctions, with an eye toward finding simple and cost-effective ways to buy environmental services like carbon sequestration from farmers and landowners.


Wolfram Schlenker - Columbia University

Wolfram Schlenker teaches classes in environmental and natural resource economics. His research interests include the economics of climate change, water rights, and their impact on agricultural output, as well as models of exhaustible resources with endogenous discoveries.  His most recent publication is "Will U.S. Agriculture Really Benefit From Global Warming? Accounting for Irrigation in the Hedonic Approach" in American Economic Review (March 2005).  He holds a PhD in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley (2003) and a Master of engineering and management sciences from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany (2000), as well as a Master of environmental management from Duke University (1998).


Jarrod Welch - National Bureau of Economic Research

Jarrod Welch is a post-doctoral research fellow and applied econometrician at the National Bureau of Economic Research, currently working with Wolfram Schlenker at Columbia University. His research focuses on the intersection of environment and development economics, specifically the economics of climate change and how to accurately measure the impacts of climate change on society. He is also interested in the evaluation of social policy, specifically the impact of environmental policy on social welfare, and the impact of social welfare policy on the environment. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, San Diego.