Andrew Comrie


Associate Director

I am an interdisciplinary climate scientist and geographer. My research links climate with health, pathogens and vectors as well as with broader atmospheric environmental issues. I focus on questions such as: How do disease patterns shift in space and time with changes in climate?

My work in geography centers on connections between the atmospheric environment and related natural and social systems, emphasizing the links between environment and society with a focus on health. The range of my work includes climate and disease, synoptic climatology, urban and regional air pollution, climate variability and change, and techniques for mapping climate and environmental information. I have research interests in links between climate-related pathogens and disease vectors, summer and winter climate variability in the Southwest United States, climatological and human factors influencing air pollution at local and regional scales, climate and wildfire, and new techniques for mapping climate and air quality information. I pursue basic research in climate and its applications as well as decision-support and connections to policy.

The interdisciplinary nature of my research means that I work in collaboration with faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and undergraduates in the school and from a variety of programs across campus. I run the Applied Climate for Environment and Society (ACES) lab, which is housed in the department and serves as home for my lab group. We have close connections to other units on campus including the Institute for the Environment. Research in the ACES lab has been supported by numerous federal, state and local agencies. I have also combined my research interests with service as a journal editor and membership on numerous professional and science advisory boards and committees.