Climate & Society
Cristina is a sociologist. Her research focuses on social conflicts that arise due to the effects of climate change. She specifically focuses on climate change effects, adaptation, demographic methods, and migration. She seeks to find answers to, where will people go if they are climate refugees and what rights will they receive in those countries? Scientists expect 25 million to 1 billion to be displaced by the effects of climate change. Cristina creates models on migration effects and population structure and she is using those models to create solutions.
Rodica is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology. She examines experimental and computational research on natural and anthropogenic factors affecting the environment. Rodica's research focuses on using a statistical modeling approach of climate change impact on surface waters and their aquatic biotic communities. The variables she measures are air temperature, precipitation, and water quality parameters. Rodica looks at the correlations between climate indicators and water quality parameters and how climate can affect Texas water reservoirs. Rodica's expertise is in modeling and currently she is modeling air pollution in urban areas with high greenhouse gas emission records. The models she generates are used to address climate effects in the environment.