• Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences

Hans Rosling Center
Global Health, Box #351620
3980 15th Ave NE
Box 351620
Seattle, WA 98195
United States

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Kristie L. Ebi (Ph.D., MPH) is Professor in the Center for Health and the Global Environment. She has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for nearly 25 years, focusing on understanding sources of vulnerability; estimating current impacts and future health risks; designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments; and estimating the health co-benefits of mitigation policies. She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures. She has been an author on multiple national and international climate change assessments. She has more than 200 publications and has edited fours books on aspects of climate change.

  • PhD (University of Michigan)
  • MPH (University of Michigan)
  • MS (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • BS (Michigan State University)
Health Topics 
  • Environmental Health (incl. Climate Change)
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

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



1.      Nilsson Maria, Ebi Kristie L, Campbell-Lendrum Diarmid, Kone Brama, Friberg Peter. Covid-19—a rehearsal to build a greener and healthier society. BMJ 2021; 372 :n127. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n127


1.       Shindell D, Zhang Y, Scott M, Ru M, Stark K, Ebi KL. The effects of heat exposure on human mortality throughout the United States. Geohealth 2020;4: e2019GH000234. Doi: 10.1029/2019GH000234.

2.       Ebi, K.L. Mechanisms, policies, and tools to promote health equity and effective governance of the health risks of climate change. J Public Health Pol 2020;41:11–13. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41271-019-00212-2

3.       Doubleday A, Errett NA, Ebi KL, Hess JJ. Indicators to guide and monitor climate change adaptation in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Am J Public Health 2020;110(2):180-188.

4.       Masuda, Y., Garg, T., Anggraeni, I., Wolff, N. H., Ebi, K. L., Game, E. E., ... & Spector, J. Heat exposure from tropical deforestation decreases cognitive performance of rural workers: an experimental study. Environmental Research Letters 2020. Doi:10.1088/1748-9326/abb96c. 

5.       O’Neill, B. C., Carter, T. R., Ebi, K., Harrison, P. A., Kemp-Benedict, E., Kok, K., ... & Van Ruijven, B. Achievements and needs for the climate change scenario framework. Nature Climate Change 2020, 1-11. Doi: 10.1038/s41558-020-00952-0.

6.       Xu, R., Yu, P., Abramson, M.J., Johnston, F.H., Samet, J.M., Bell, M.L., Haines, A., Ebi, K.L., Li, S. and Guo, Y. Wildfires, Global Climate Change, and Human Health. New England Journal of Medicine 2020.

7.       Vanos, J. K., Baldwin, J. W., Jay, O., & Ebi, K. L. Simplicity lacks robustness when projecting heat-health outcomes in a changing climate. Nature Communications 2020, 11(1), 1-5. Doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-19994-1.

8.       Hess, J.J., Ranadive, N., Boyer, C., Aleksandrowicz, L., Anenberg, S.C., Aunan, K., Belesova, K., Bell, M.L., Bickersteth, S., Bowen, K., Burden, M., …& Ebi.  K. L. Guidelines for Modeling and Reporting Health Effects of Climate Change Mitigation Actions. Environmental health perspectives 2020, 128(11), p.115001.

9.       Ebi, K. L., Sellers, S., Hess, J. J., & Boyer, C. Climate change, social instability, and human health. In 100th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting 2020. AMS.

10.   Ebi. K. L., 1, Harris. F., Sioen. G. B., Wannous.  G., Anyamba. A., …& Capon. A. Transdisciplinary Research Priorities for Human and Planetary Health in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020. 17(23), 8890. Doi: 10.3390/ijerph17238890.

11.   Mitchell, D., Allen, M., Ebi, K.L. … & Vicedo-Cabrera. A.  M. Concerns over calculating injury-related deaths associated with temperature. Nature Medicine 2020. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-020-1113-z.

12.   Woodward, A., Ebi, K. L., & Hess, J. J. (2020). Commentary: Responding to hazardous heat: think climate not weather. International Journal of Epidemiology 2020. Doi: 10.1093/ije/dyaa194.

13.   Sandifer, P., Knapp, L., Lichtveld, M., Manley, R., Abramson, D., Caffey, R., ... & Farrington, J. Framework for a community health observing system for the Gulf of Mexico region: preparing for future disasters. Frontiers in public health 2020, 8.

14.   Tuyet Hanh, T. T., Huong, L. T. T., Huong, N. T. L., Linh, T. N. Q., Quyen, N. H., Nhung, N. T. T., ... & Hales, S. Vietnam Climate Change and Health Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment, 2018. Environmental Health Insights, 2020,14. doi: 1178630220924658.

15.   Ngo, H., Vo, D. C., Ebi, K. L., & Hagopian, A. Climate, livelihoods, and health: The vulnerabilities of migrants from the mekong delta to ho chi minh city, Vietnam. In APHA's 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Meeting and Expo (Oct. 24-28). American Public Health Association 2020.

16.   Pendergrass, A. G., Ebi, K. L., & Hahn, M. B. Reply to Zhang et al.: Slowing the rate of spread of COVID-19. 2020. 10.22022/TNT/07-2020.16533.

17.   Lee, W., Ebi, K.L., Kim, Y., Hashizume, M., Honda, Y., Hideki, H., Choi, H.M., Choi, M. and Kim, H. Heat-mortality risk and the population concentration of metropolitan areas in Japan: a nationwide time-series study. International journal of epidemiology, 2020,1-11. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyaa245.

18.   Ebi, K. 10 Years on: managing the changing health risks of climate change. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2020.08.013.


1.     Hoegh-Guldberg O, Jacob D, Taylor M, Guillen Bolanos T, Bindi M, Brown S, Camilloni IA, Diedhiou A, Djalante R, Ebi K, Engelbrecht F, Guiot J, Hijioka Y, Mehrota S, Hope CW, Payne AJ, Portner HO, Seneviratne SI, Thomas A, Warren R, Zhou G. The human imperative of stabilizing global climate change at 1.5°C. Science 2019;365(6459):eaaw6974

2.     Haines A, Ebi K. The imperative for climate action to protect health. New Eng J Med 2019;380(3):263-273

3.     Ebi KL, Hasegawa T, Hayes K, Monaghan A, Paz S, Berry P. Health risks of warming of 1.5° C, 2° C, and higher, above pre-industrial temperatures. Environ Res Lett 2018:13; 063007