Kristie L. Ebi, PhD, MPH, MS

Professor, Global Health (Primary department)
Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences
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 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 assessjment 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 fours books on aspects of climate change and has more than 180 publications.

Contact Information

Department of Global Health
Office: Suite 2330
Box: 354695
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98105-
Tel: 206-543-8440

Research Interests

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


PhD, Epidemiologic Science, University of Michigan, 1985
MPH, Epidemiology, University of Michigan, 1983
MS, Toxicology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976
Selected Publications

McIver, L., Kim, R., Woodward, A., Hales, S., Spickett, J., Katscherian, D., . . . Ebi, K. L. (2015). Health Impacts of Climate Change in Pacific Island Countries: A Regional Assessment of Vulnerabilities and Adaptation Priorities. Environ Health Perspect. doi:10.1289/ehp.1509756

Guentchev, G. S., Rood, R. B., Ammann, C. M., Barsugli, J. J., Ebi, K., Berrocal, V., . . . Cinquini, L. (2016). Evaluating the Appropriateness of Downscaled Climate Information for Projecting Risks of Salmonella. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 13(3). doi:10.3390/ijerph13030267

Ebi, K., & Bowen, K. J. (2016). Extreme events as sources of health vulnerability: Drought as an example. Weather and Climate Extremes, 11, 95–102. doi:10.1016/j.wace.2015.10.001

Ebi, K., Hess, J. J., & Isaksen, T. B. (2016). Using Uncertain Climate and Development Information in Health Adaptation Planning. Current Environmental Health Reports, 1-7. doi:10.1007/s40572-016-0077-0

Ebi, K. L., & Prats, E. V. (2015). Health in National Climate Change Adaptation Planning. Annals of Global Health, 81(3), 418-426. doi:10.1016/j.aogh.2015.07.001

Kim, Yoonhee, Ho Kim, Honda, Y., Yue Leon. Guo, Bing-Yu Chen, Jong-Min Woo, and Ebi, Kristie. “Suicide and Ambient Temperature in East Asian Countries: A Time-Stratified Case-Crossover Analysis.” Environmental Health Perspectives, June 12, 2015. doi:10.1289/ehp.1409392.

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