Climate Change Science and Solutions

Our Vision

Human induced climate change is one of the main drivers of the Anthropocene. The physical science of the earth's climate and its sensitivity to pollution is remarkably complex and an area of intense study. The resulting perturbations to the earth system permeate through and impact ecological and human systems. Businesses, ecosystems, industry, societies and political systems are all vulnerable to climate change. These systems also impact the earth's climate system and interact with climate change to create negative and positive feedbacks. This specialization will focus on the science of climate change, as well as effective ways to address it.


Specialization Coordinator

Peter Raymond
Pete Raymond’s research focuses on biogeochemistry of natural systems. In particular, he is interested in the carbon and nitrogen cycles within aquatic systems. Current research topics include the landscape controls on the watershed export of carbon, biogeochemical transformations in estuaries, the physics of air-sea CO2 exchange, nitrogen cycling in temperate watersheds, and determining the age and composition of carbon being transported from land to the ocean. His research often utilizes the watershed approach and natural isotopes to determine major sources, sinks, and ages of various carbon and nitrogen pools in the natural environment.

Teaching Faculty

Faculty who are currently teaching courses within this specialization.

Mark S. Ashton

Senior Associate Dean of The Forest School; Morris K. Jesup Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology and Director of School Forests

Susan Biniaz


Mary Beth Decker


A. Scott Denning


Michael R. Dove

Margaret K. Musser Professor of Social Ecology; Professor of Anthropology, Curator of Anthropology Peabody Museum; Co-Coordinator, Joint YSE/Anthropology Doctoral Program; Chair Council on Southeast A

Daniel C. Esty

Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, jointly with Yale Law School; Director of the Center for Environmental Law and Policy

Gordon T. Geballe

Associate Dean for Student International Engagement, Lecturer in Urban Ecology

Drew Gentner

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Bradford S. Gentry

Senior Associate Dean of Professional Practice; Frederick K. Weyerhaeuser Professor in the Practice of Forest Resources Management and Policy; Co-Director of the Center for Business & the Environment

Kenneth Gillingham

Professor of Environmental & Energy Economics

Daniel Gross


Edgar Hertwich

Executive Fellow

Robert Klee


David Kooris


Douglas Kysar

Joseph M Field '55 Professor of Law and Forestry & Environmental Studies

Xuhui Lee

Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor of Meteorology

Robert O. Mendelsohn

Edwin Weyerhaeuser Davis Professor of Forest Policy; Professor of Economics; and Professor, School of Management

Narasimha Rao

Associate Professor of Energy Systems

Peter A. Raymond

Professor of Ecosystem Ecology

Karen C. Seto

Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science

Gerald Torres

Professor of Environmental Justice

Robert Talbot Trotter III

Associate Research Scientist

Harvey Weiss

Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Anthropology and Forestry & Environmental Studies