About Us

Max Auffhammer  University of California, Berkeley
Max is an associate professor in agricultural and resource economics at UC Berkeley. He is an applied econometrician working on the economic impacts of climate change on the agriculture and energy sectors of the economy. He is also keenly interested in how emissions forecasts are constructed and evaluated. He holds a B.S. and M.S. from UMass Amherst and a Ph.D. in Economics from UC San Diego (2003). Due to his current IPCC chapter duties he has become increasingly involved in thinking about detection and attribution of impacts on natural and human systems from climate change.

Marshall Burke Stanford University
Marshall is an assistant professor in Stanford's Environmental Earth Systems Science Department, and a Fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment.  He studies the impacts of climate on a range of social outcomes, including agricultural productivity, disease, and conflict.  He also conducts fieldwork on the microeconomics of development in Africa.  He holds a PhD in agricultural and resource economics from UC Berkeley. 

Solomon Hsiang - University of California, Berkeley
Solomon is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.  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), a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University (2011) and did a post-doc at Princeton University and the NBER.

David Lobell - Stanford University
David 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 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).