Jason Funk

Senior Climate Scientist

Jason Funk is a senior climate scientist for the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. His efforts focus on building a better understanding of the impacts of climate change among communities, stakeholders, and policymakers, and developing effective solutions to reduce these impacts.

Prior to joining UCS, Dr. Funk was the land use and climate scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, where he worked to integrate beneficial land management practices and incentives into international climate policy, Gulf Coast restoration, and U.S. agricultural and energy policy. In his graduate work, he investigated how climate policy incentives could change land management decisions in New Zealand and support the rural development goals of indigenous people. He has worked with the U.S. Geological Survey on studies linking climate change to wildfire impacts and urban development to water quality impacts. He is certified as an expert reviewer for land-use emissions inventories under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

Dr. Funk earned his Ph.D. in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University, and he holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Science from the Ohio State University. 

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