Christopher Trisos

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Christopher Trisos directs the Climate Risk Lab in the African Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town. The lab integrates data and methods from environmental and social sciences to understand risk and inform rapid, just, and equitable responses to climate change. As a postdoctoral research fellow at SESYNC, his research focused on climate change risks to biodiversity. Chris’ current research is on climate change risks to biodiversity, food production, and infectious disease, as well as risks from proposed solar geoengineering technologies. His work also investigates the feasibility and effectiveness of risk-management options in social and environmental systems, including climate finance and climate change literacy. In addition, Chris is Coordinating Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, responsible for Chapter 9 of Working Group II on African Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. He is also a member of the Core Writing Team for the IPCC Synthesis Report, and he has consulted on climate change adaptation for the World Bank. He earned a doctorate in Zoology from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. As a science communicator, he writes for The Conversation and is a co-creator of the climate change choose-your-own adventure game Survive the Century.

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2015 - 2018
Areas of Expertise
climate change
risk management
Research Interests
climate change risks to environment and society
response options to reduce risk
sustainable development