Geeta Persad is a senior climate scientist with the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, Dr. Persad conducts research and analysis related to climate change in the Western US. Her work focuses on the intersection of climate change with water and air quality issues, with a goal of innovating science-based solutions to these interlinked problems.
Dr. Persad brings more than a decade of climate research to her role at UCS. Prior to joining UCS, Dr. Persad was a postdoctoral research scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University, where she built a research program to analyze the climate impacts of short-lived climate pollutants from the world’s major economies. She continues to hold a research associate position at the Carnegie Institution, where she is one of the principal investigators of a National Science Foundation-funded project analyzing how the climate and air quality impacts of short-lived pollutants can be factored into optimizing countries’ climate mitigation goals. Prior to this, Dr. Persad served as a federal scientist in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, where she helped to analyze and improve implementation of NOAA’s global climate modeling system. Dr. Persad has also acted as an observer to the United Nations’ COP23 Climate Change Conference.
Dr. Persad earned a doctorate in atmospheric and oceanic sciences from Princeton University, where she was also a Ford Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Fellow in Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in geophysics from Stanford University. She has been quoted by NPR and The Verge.