Sharon Gourdji has a B.A. in mathematics from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation research focused on estimating land-atmosphere carbon exchange at large regional scales using in-situ atmospheric CO2 measurements. Now, she is applying her statistical and data analysis skills to understand the relationships between climate variability/ change and agricultural yields around the globe. More generally, she has an interest in policy-driven science linked to democratic processes, for the purpose of supporting and planning sustainable development.