Nina Keoborakot

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Undergraduate, DePaul University

Nina Keoborakot is an undergraduate student pursuing a major in User Experience Design and minors in the History of Art and Architecture and Graphic Design from DePaul University. Her fields of interest are human centered design, data literacy, and data visualization. In addition to her work with RDCEP, she serves as a research assistant for Technology for Social Good, president of DePaul Textiles, and as a volunteer graphic designer for the Laotian American Organization of Elgin. 

Tabish Dayani

Undergraduate, University of Chicago

Tabish Dayani is a 4th year Chemistry major and Molecular Engineering minor. His interest in energy stems from his fascination with sustainability and renewables, and he hopes to work in a field that combines or incorporates environmental analysis and consulting. He also works as an Admissions Consultant at CollegeVine and captains the Men's Club Volleyball Team. 

Shambhavi Mohan

MSc Computational Analysis and Public Policy

Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Shambhavi has a bachelor's degree from BITS Pilani in India in Computer Science and masters in Economics. She is currently pursuing her masters in Computational Analysis and Public Policy. Her current research focuses on mapping the Energy Inventory of the USA. Her research interest is in use of predictive analytics and big data in climate change.

James Rising

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James Rising is an interdisciplinary modeler, studying the feedback between environmental and human systems, and focusing on the impacts of climate change and the water-energy-food nexus.  Dr. Rising draws upon analytical and empirical approaches from multiple fields and develops computational and statistical models to understand integrated global challenges.  Prior to joining the University of Chicago, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley after receiving his Ph.D. from Columbia University's program in Sustainable Development.  He previously taught within MIT's Experimental Study Group and at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Until recently, he worked as a software developer, working with over a dozen companies on audio and video processing, social networks, and artificial intelligence.



Jim Franke


Jim Franke graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a degree in mechanical engineering. After working in industry as an energy engineer for 5 years, he joined the PhD program in Geophysical Science at the University of Chicago in 2017. He is currently studying climate change impacts on human populations.

Research interests:

  • Climate change impacts
  • Food security

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

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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.

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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