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Kim Knowlton

Kim Knowlton Senior Scientist & Deputy Director, Science Center Program

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Kim Knowlton, Dr.P.H., is a senior scientist with NRDC in New York City. She is also assistant clinical professor of environmental health sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; and chair of the Global Climate Change and Health Topic Committee of the American Public Health Association’s Environment Section. She is co-convening lead author for the human health chapter of the 2013 National Climate Assessment; and was among the researchers who participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2007 Fourth Assessment Report. Her work focuses on the health effects of climate change; advocating for strategies to prepare for and prevent these impacts, especially for our most vulnerable communities; and making health a more central feature of national, state, and local climate change adaptation plans. She has researched heat- and ozone-related mortality and illnesses; connections between climate change, pollen, allergies and asthma, as well as infectious diseases like dengue fever; the health costs of climate change; and domestic and international climate-health preparedness strategies.

Knowlton holds a master’s degree in environmental and occupational health sciences from Hunter College, and received her doctorate in public health from Columbia University.

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