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Michael D. Mastrandrea
Assistant Consulting Professor
Woods Institute for the Environment
Yang & Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building - 4205
Stanford University
473 Via Ortega
Stanford, CA 94305


(650) 224-2070

Michael D. Mastrandrea, Ph.D., is an Assistant Consulting Professor at the Stanford University Woods Institute for the Environment and a Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environment and Resources (IPER). His research focuses on the physical, biological, and societal impacts of climate change, policy strategies for reducing climate risks, and their accurate and effective translation for the general public, policy makers, and the business community.

Research includes "top-down/bottom-up" vulnerability assessment and policy analysis, linking climate change impacts assessment in California and worldwide based on observed climate data and climate model projections with knowledge of on-the-ground planning and management decision-making and current vulnerability; treatment of uncertainty in climate change projections and climate policy decision making, e.g., probabilistic assessment of the potential for “dangerous” climate change, treatment of uncertainty in adaptation planning, harmonization of adaptation and mitigation policy.

Mastrandrea is the first graduate of IPER, where he was a Department of Energy Global Change Education Program Fellow. His work has been published in several journals, including Science Magazine and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and he is a co-author of chapters on key vulnerabilities and climate risks, and long-term mitigation strategies for the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report. He also serves on the Editorial Board for the journal Climatic Change, and is co-editor of the book Climate Change Science and Policy.

Michael Mastrandrea

Research Interests

"Top-down/bottom-up" vulnerability assessment and adaptation policy analysis
Assessment of potentially "dangerous" climate impacts and probabilistic analysis of the potential for "dangerous" climate change
Development of conceptual frameworks for risk management of climate change
Analysis of the impacts of climate change on global and regional human and natural systems
Treatment of uncertainty in climate change projections and climate policy decision making