Paris climate talk experts

The UC Davis scientists below can provide expert comment on the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21), held Nov. 30-Dec. 11 in Paris. They can present a localized view of the global talks. Except where noted, these experts will be in California during the conference.

Lew Fulton, co-director of the STEPS Program within the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, will be attending the climate talks in Paris. He can discuss carbon dioxide targets related to transportation, including electric vehicles, biofuels and nonmotorized vehicles, such as bicycles. He can also address national carbon dioxide targets and negotiations. Contact:, (530) 601-3904.

Tessa Hill is an associate professor and chancellor’s fellow in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. She is also affiliated with Bodega Marine Laboratory and the Coastal Marine Sciences Institute at UC Davis. She can discuss past and present climate change, and the response of marine species to environmental disturbance, particularly along the California coast. She can also discuss the impact of ocean acidification on shellfish and native species. Hill is a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences and a member of the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Panel. She’ll primarily be in Bodega during the talks. Contact:, (707) 875-1910.

Amy Myers Jaffe is a leading expert on global energy policy, geopolitical risk, and energy and sustainability. Jaffe serves as executive director of energy and sustainability at UC Davis with a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Management and Institute of Transportation Studies. She can discuss the role of investors and corporations in promoting solutions to climate change, a topic she is addressing as chair of the corporate council on the “Future of Oil and Gas” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, which she will attend in late January. Contact:, (713) 384-9588.

Dan Sperling is director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis and a professor of civil engineering, and environmental science and policy. He can discuss issues related to transportation, including fuels, vehicles, mobility and land use, especially for surface transportation. He can address climate policy, as well. Sperling is also a board member of the California Air Resources Board and chair of the U.S. Transportation Research Board. He will be in Davis, California, during the talks. Contact:, (530) 752-7434.

Paul Ullrich is an assistant professor of regional climate modeling with the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. He can discuss the impacts of climate change on a regional scale, including changes in heat extremes, precipitation, snowpack and extreme weather, particularly along the U.S. West Coast. His work uses observational data and climate models to assess future change, and build relationships between large-scale meteorological patterns and regional weather. Contact:, (530) 400-9817.


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