Ángel S. Fernández-Bou is a Western States Senior Climate Scientist for the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In his role, Dr. Fernández-Bou works on multidisciplinary projects such as strategic cropland repurposing to preserve resources and habitat for society and nature, with a focus on socioeconomic and environmental approaches.
Dr. Fernández-Bou co-founded the SocioEnvironmental and Education Network, a 501c3 nonprofit focused on serving rural disadvantaged communities of California’s San Joaquin Valley. Prior to joining UCS, Dr. Fernández-Bou was a scientist with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at the University of California, Merced, where he worked on climate change, sustainability, and socioenvironmental analyses in California's San Joaquin Valley.
Dr. Fernández-Bou earned his PhD in environmental systems from the University of California, Merced, a master’s in biosystems engineering and water resources from Universidade Federal Fluminense in Brazil, and an engineering degree in agricultural engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Spain. He was the lead author of the California 4th Climate Change Assessment for the San Joaquin Valley Region, and he has been quoted in Al Jazeera, Civil Eats, EOS, the Los Angeles Times, The Sun-Gazette, and YES! Magazine, among other outlets.