Elisabeth Moyer



Associate Professor, Department of the Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago

Areas of Expertise:

  • Measurement and study of atmospheric water vapor
  • Human dimensions of climate change
  • Isotope geochemistry, optical spectroscopy and spectroscopic instrumentation

Moyer researches the processes that control the distribution of water vapor and formation of cirrus clouds in the upper troposphere and stratosphere, which provides important insights on climate change and ozone destruction.

In November 2010, Moyer was selected for one of eight awards from the Dreyfus Foundation Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry, which will support her work on ice nucleation and cloud microphysics using a novel spectrometer and the AIDA cloud simulation chamber (Aerosol Interaction and Dynamics in the Atmosphere) in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Moyer received her PhD in Planetary Science from the California Institute of Technology. From 2001 to 2007 she was a member of the Department of Chemistry at Harvard University, first as a NOAA Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Change Science and subsequently as a research associate. She has participated in atmospheric science field campaigns on NASA's high-altitude research aircraft since 1997. Moyer is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Chemical Society.

Research Projects

Climate VariabilityClimate Emulation | Transient Climate Studies | Soil Moisture | Social Cost of Carbon

Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

Jim FrankeKevin Schwarzwald

Former Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

David McInerney | Bill Leeds | Mark Woolley | FeiFei Crouch | Rachel Atlas | Anne Laski | Sean Johnson | Aman Chitkara | David Plotkin | Peter Hansen | Grant Wilder | Shanshan Sun | Won Chang | Michael GlotterJeremy Klavans | Hsin-Yi Chen | Mark He | Aidan Sadowski

Joshua Elliott

Joshua Elliott

Elliott works on a variety of topics at the interface of global climate change, environmental, and social sciences through an assortment of applied modeling and computational projects. He currently runs several projects designed to improve global change vulnerability, impact, and adaptation (VIA) assessment tools (primarily in agriculture and forestry) using large-scale high-resolution models enabled by high-performance computing.

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Michael Greenstone

RDCEP co-Principal Investigator

The Milton Friedman Professor in Economics and the College | Director of the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC), University of Chicago

Areas of Expertise:

  • Environmental and energy economics
  • Public economics
  • Development economics
  • Labor economics
  • Health economics

Michael Greenstone is the Milton Friedman Professor of Economics and Director of the interdisciplinary Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC). His other current positions and affiliations include Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Editor of the Journal of Political Economy, Faculty Director of the E2e Project, Head of the JPAL Environment and Energy Program, and co-Director of the International Growth Centre’s Energy Research Programme. Prior to rejoining the faculty at Chicago, Professor Greenstone was the 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at MIT.

Greenstone’s research estimates the costs and benefits of environmental quality and society's energy choices. He has worked extensively on the Clean Air Act and examined its impacts on air quality, manufacturing activity, housing prices, and human health to assess its benefits and costs. He is currently engaged in large-scale projects to estimate the economic costs of climate change and to identify efficient approaches to mitigating these costs.

Greenstone also has extensive policy experience. He served as the Chief Economist for President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2009-10. In addition, he was the Director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, which studies a range of policies to promote broad-based economic growth, from 2010-2013 and has since joined its Advisory Council.

Greenstone received a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and a BA in economics with High Honors from Swarthmore College.

For more information on Michael Greenstone, please visit: http://www.michaelgreenstone.com/

Amir Jina


Assistant Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago


Amir Jina is an Assistant Professor at University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, conducting interdisciplinary research on how economic and social development is shaped by the environment. He uses applied economic techniques, climate science, and remote sensing to understand the impacts of climate in both rich and poor countries, and has done fieldwork in India, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Uganda. Amir is a founding member of the Climate Impact Lab, an interdisciplinary collaboration estimating the Social Cost of Carbon with state-of-the-art empirical methods. Prior to University of Chicago, Amir was a visiting scholar at University of California, Berkeley where he worked the Risky Business initiative. Amir received his Ph.D. in Sustainable Development and M.A. in Climate and Society from Columbia University, B.A.s in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from Trinity College, Dublin, and previously worked with the Red Cross/Red Crescent in South Asia and as a high school teacher in Japan.

Research Interests:

  • Environment and Environmental Change
  • Societal Development