Expertise: Climate Dynamics; Geostatistics; Data Analysis; Data Semantics; Politics of Climate Change
Julien Emile-Geay is a climate scientist, working as an associate professor in the Earth Science department of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. His main scholarship is in mathematical paleoclimatology, leveraging records of past climates to shed light on climate system behavior on human-relevant timescales (years to centuries).
He is particularly interested in the role of the tropics in climate, and in constraining how much of climate variations arise from within, or are being triggered by external factors, natural or human. This has led him to develop various mathematical models (both stochastic and deterministic) of the climate system and its various components.
On the teaching front, Professor Emile-Geay is passionate about educating people of all levels of scientific literacy to the reality of man-made global warming, using knowledge to empower individuals to generate positive change. Recently, he has started to design curricula to inoculate students against scientific denial and misinformation.
On the outreach front, Professor Emile-Geay explores the role of free-market capitalism (as an economic paradigm and cultural force) in the current climate crisis, as well as cognitive underpinnings of the current political deadlock on climate action.