alumni : Zoë ChafeMPH, MS, PhD

Dr. Chafe works at the intersections of public health, air pollution, climate change, and energy use. She holds a PhD from the Energy and Resources Group (ERG), as well as an MPH from UC Berkeley. She has been a researcher/consultant for entities such as the World Health Organization, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, the Health Effects Institute, and the City of Oakland, California. She served as Chapter Scientist for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) chapter on climate change and human health. Dr. Chafe is a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.


Our Breaths We Take: Outdoor Air Quality, Health, and Climate Change Consequences of Household Heating and Cooking with Solid Fuels

Fields of Research

  • Air pollution
  • Climate change
  • Human health
  • Energy systems



PhD, Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley, May 2016

MPH, University of California, Berkeley, May 2011


  • Cornell University Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship


  • Health Implications of Climate Change (UC Berkeley)
  • Global Environmental Change for Health Scientists (UC Berkeley)


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