David Wrathall

Dr. David Wrathall is an Associate Professor of Natural Hazards at Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, and a Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR6 on Chapter 8: Poverty, Livelihoods, and Sustainable Development. He also coordinated the group of IPCC authors contributing to the cross-chapter treatment of migration, displacement, and mobility for the Sixth Assessment. David studies the ways that climate change impacts are threatening people’s livelihoods and rendering parts of the planet uninhabitable, and thus driving new patterns of human migration. He has examined human migration in response to various climate change hazards, including sea level rise, tropical weather extremes, glacier recession, drought and ocean acidification. David also studies other wicked environmental problems, including the environmental consequences of narco-trafficking in Central America, and the relationship between climate change, violent conflict and human displacement. David teaches courses on Climate Justice.


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