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David Lobell, PhD

  • Gloria and Richard Kushel Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment
  • Professor, Earth System Science
  • William Wrigley Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
  • Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Energy and Environment Building
473 Via Ortega
Stanford CA 94305

(650) 721-6207 (voice)

Biography

David Lobell is the Gloria and Richard Kushel Director at the Center on Food Security and the Environment and a Professor in the Department of Earth System Science. He is also the William Wrigley Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy and Research (SIEPR). His research focuses on agriculture and food security, specifically on generating and using unique datasets to study rural areas throughout the world. He has been recognized with a Macarthur Fellowship in 2013, a McMaster Fellowship from CSIRO in 2014, and the Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union in 2010. He served as lead author for the food chapter and core writing team member for the Summary for Policymakers in the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report. Dr. Lobell received a PhD in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford in 2005, and a Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University in 2000. 

publications

Policy Briefs
November 2012

Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis

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Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis
Policy Briefs
May 2011

Climate trend and global crop production since 1980

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Climate trend and global crop production since 1980
Policy Briefs
December 2008

Prioritizing climate change adaptation needs for food security - Policy Brief

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Prioritizing climate change adaptation needs for food security - Policy Brief

In The News

cover crops
News

A pillar of the climate-smart agriculture movement is on shaky ground

David Lobell discusses Stanford study of cover crops' impacts.
A pillar of the climate-smart agriculture movement is on shaky ground
cover crops
News

There’s room for improvement in a popular climate-smart agricultural practice

There’s room for improvement in a popular climate-smart agricultural practice
Corn damaged by drought
Q&As

5 Questions with David Lobell on Food Security in a Warming World

5 Questions with David Lobell on Food Security in a Warming World
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