Dr. Denise Mauzerall is Professor of Environmental Engineering and International Affairs at Princeton University holding a joint appointment between the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research examines linkages between air pollution origin, transport and impacts, including impacts on human health, food security and climate change. Current research is examining the potential air quality and climate benefits of increased penetration of renewable energy and natural gas in China, evaluating methane leakage from abandoned oil and gas wells, and examining the impact of climate change on global air quality. She teaches courses at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels on ‘Global Environmental Issues’, ‘Climate Change, Science and Policy’, and various aspects of sustainability.
Prior to Princeton Dr. Mauzerall was a post-doc at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, a program manager in the Global Change Division of the U.S. EPA where she implemented the Montreal Protocol, and an environmental consultant. She has lectured widely around the world at universities, conferences, and for government and non-governmental agencies. She has authored over 70 peer reviewed papers and been a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which received the Nobel Peace Prize. She is currently a member of the chartered US EPA Science Advisory Board and on the editorial board of the journal Atmospheric Environment. She is a member of several science advisory boards including the Institute for Sustainability Studies in Potsdam Germany. She spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2017 on opportunities to address air pollution and greenhouse gas mitigation simultaneously in China via increased electrification of the economy with renewable energy. She directs the doctoral program at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and is acting director of the STEP program in 2017-2018. Dr. Mauzerall received a Sc.B. in chemistry from Brown University, a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry from the Earth and Planetary Science department at Harvard University.