• Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences

4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 100, Room 2330
Seattle, WA 98105
United States

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Kristie L. Ebi is the Rohm & Haas Endowed Professorship in Public Health Sciences and she been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for over twenty years.  Her research focuses on the impacts of and adaptation to climate variability and change, including on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne safety and security, and vectorborne diseases.  She focuses on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change, and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments.  She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures, in collaboration with WHO, UNDP, USAID, and others. She also is co-chair with Tom Kram (PBL, The Netherlands) of the International Committee On New Integrated Climate change assessment Scenarios (ICONICS), facilitating development of new climate change scenarios.  Dr. Ebi’s scientific training includes an M.S. in toxicology and a Ph.D. and a Masters of Public Health in epidemiology, and two years of postgraduate research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  She has edited four books on aspects of climate change and has more than 180 publications.

  • PhD (University of Michigan)
  • MPH (University of Michigan)
  • MS (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • BS (Michigan State University)
Health Topics 
  • Adult Mortality
  • Biostatistics
  • Burden of Disease
  • Environmental Health (incl. Climate Change)
  • Health Policy
  • Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources Development
  • Mortality
  • Nutrition, Clean Water, and Food Security

Health risks of and responses to global change particularly climate change.


Zhu C, Kobayashi K, Loladze I, Zhu J, Jiang Q, Xu X, Liu G, Seneweera S, Ebi KL, Drewnowski A: Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels this century will alter the protein, micronutrients, and vitamin content of rice grains with potential health consequences for the poorest rice-dependent countries. Science Advances 2018;4:eaaq1012.

Byers EA, Gidden M, Leclère D, Burek P, Ebi KL, Greve P, Grey D, Havlik P, Hillers A, Johnson N, Kahil T, Krey V, Langan S, Nakicenovic N, Novak R, Obersteiner M, Pachauri S, Palazzo AM, Parkinson S, Rao ND, Rogelj J, Riahi K, Satoh Y, Wada Y, Willaarts B: Global exposure and vulnerability to multi-sector development and climate change hotspots. Environmental Research Letters 2018

Sellers S, Ebi KL: Climate Change and Health under the Shared Socioeconomic Pathway Framework. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2017;15:3.

Weaver CP, Moss RH, Ebi KL, Gleick PH, Stern PC, Tebaldi C, SWilson R, Arvai JL: Reframing climate change assessments around risk: recommendations for the US National Climate Assessment (vol 12, 080201, 2017). Environmental Research Letters 2017;12

Rosenzweig C, Arnell NW, Ebi KL, Lotze-Campen H, Raes F, Rapley C, Smith MS, Cramer W, Frieler K, Reyer CPO, Schewe J, van Vuuren D, Warszawski L: Assessing inter-sectoral climate change risks: the role of ISIMIP. Environmental Research Letters 2017;12