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 over 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 assessment 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 four 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.

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Teaching interests

GH/ENV H 220 Global Environmental Change and Your Future

GH/ENV H 418/518 Understanding and Managing the Health Risks of Climate Change

GH 406/506 International Climate Change Negotiations Within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)


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

Zhu C, Kobayashi K, Loladze I, Zhu J, Jiang Q, Xu X, Liu G, Seneweera S, Ebi KL, Drewnowski A: Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels this century will alter the protein, micronutrients, and vitamin content of rice grains with potential health consequences for the poorest rice-dependent countries. Science Advances 2018;4:eaaq1012.

Byers EA, Gidden M, Leclère D, Burek P, Ebi KL, Greve P, Grey D, Havlik P, Hillers A, Johnson N, Kahil T, Krey V, Langan S, Nakicenovic N, Novak R, Obersteiner M, Pachauri S, Palazzo AM, Parkinson S, Rao ND, Rogelj J, Riahi K, Satoh Y, Wada Y, Willaarts B: Global exposure and vulnerability to multi-sector development and climate change hotspots. Environmental Research Letters 2018
Sellers S, Ebi KL: Climate Change and Health under the Shared Socioeconomic Pathway Framework. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2017;15:3.
Weaver CP, Moss RH, Ebi KL, Gleick PH, Stern PC, Tebaldi C, SWilson R, Arvai JL: Reframing climate change assessments around risk: recommendations for the US National Climate Assessment (vol 12, 080201, 2017). Environmental Research Letters 2017;12
Rosenzweig C, Arnell NW, Ebi KL, Lotze-Campen H, Raes F, Rapley C, Smith MS, Cramer W, Frieler K, Reyer CPO, Schewe J, van Vuuren D, Warszawski L: Assessing inter-sectoral climate change risks: the role of ISIMIP. Environmental Research Letters 2017;12
O'Neill BC, Kriegler E, Ebi KL, Kemp-Benedict E, Riahi K, Rothman DS, et al. The roads ahead: Narratives for shared socioeconomic pathways describing world futures in the 21st century. Global Environ Chang. 2017;42:169-80.

Ebi KL, Frumkin H, Hess JJ.  Protecting and promoting population health in the context of climate and other global environmental changes.  Anthropocene 2017; 19: 1-12

Ebi KL, Ogden NH, Semenza JC, Woodward A.  Detecting and attributing health burdens to climate change.  Environmental Health Perspectives 2017; 125 (8)

Ebi KL, Hess JJ.  The past and future in understanding the health risks of and responses to climate variability and change.  International Journal of Biometeorology 2017: 61:S71-S80 

Sena A, Ebi KL, Freitas C, Corvalan C, Barcellos C.  Indicators to measure risk of disaster associated with drought: implications for the health sector.  PLoS ONE 12(7):e0181394.

Ebi KL, Otmani del Barrio.  Lessons learned on health adaptation to climate variability and change: experiences across low- and middle-income countries.  Environmental Health Perspectives 2017; 125 (6).

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