Tami Bond wins MacArthur Fellowship

Dr. Tami Bond recently won a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship award for her work on the global effects of black carbon on health and climate. She earned an interdisciplinary PhD from University of Washington Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Atmospheric Sciences in 2000.

Dr. Tim Larson, CEE professor and Bond’s lead advisor, described her as an exceptional student. “She did it with a big smile on her face,” Larson said of her time at the University of Washington, “and her students loved her.”

Credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Black carbon is the second largest climate warmer next to carbon dioxide, and yet challenges have traditionally faced researchers in incorporating black carbon as a factor in climate models. Bond has undertaken creating a global framework, including how observations of black carbon emissions are made, how inventories are quantified, and developed measurements to determine how much light is absorbed.

The MacArthur Foundation explains Bond’s contributions:

“By compiling these new analyses with those of other atmospheric scientists globally, Bond has provided the most comprehensive synthesis of the impact of black carbon on climate to date, indicating that global black carbon emissions are one of the most important contributions to anthropogenic (or man-made) climate change.”

Learn more and watch a video about Tami Bond here

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