Kristie L. Ebi, PhD, MPH, MS

Professor, Global Health (Primary department)
Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences
Kristie L. Ebi is a Professor in the Departments of Global Health and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington; a Guest Professor at Umea University, Sweden; and Consulting Professor at Stanford University and George Washington University. She conducts research on the impacts of and adaptation to climate change, including on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne safety and security, waterborne diseases, and vectorborne diseases. Her work focuses on understanding sources of vulnerability and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in a multi-stressor environment. She has worked on assessing vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the US. She 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. She was Executive Director of the IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit from 2009 -2012. She was a coordinating lead author or lead author for the human health assessment for two US national assessments, the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development. Dr. Ebi’s scientific training includes an M.S. in toxicology. She also completed a Ph.D. and a Masters of Public Health in epidemiology, and postgraduate research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has edited fours books on aspects of climate change and published more than 150 papers.

Contact Information

Department of Global Health
Office: Suite 2330
Box: 354695
4225 Roosevelt Way #100
Seattle, WA 98105-
Tel: 206-543-8440

Research Interests

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

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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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