Meet the Team

The Clean Air Toolbox core team consists of researchers from six divisions across Columbia University (Engineering, International and Public Affairs, Law, Public Health, Earth Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), the Earth Institute, the Data Science Institute, and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

V. Faye McNeill

Principal Investigator

Professor of Chemical Engineering, Earth Institute Faculty

Daniel Westervelt


Associate Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Climate and Life Fellow, U.S. Department of State Air Quality Fellow for Kinshasa, DRC, and Accra, Ghana.

Philippe Benoit

Adjunct Senior Research Scholar
Energy for Development
Center on Global Energy Policy
Columbia University - SIPA

Michael Burger

Executive Director, Sabin Center

Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School

Steven Chillrud

Lamont Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Roisin Commane

Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Ruth DeFries

Denning University Professor of Sustainable Development, MacArthur Fellow, NAS, Chair of the Earth Institute Faculty

Arlene Fiore

Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Earth Institute Faculty

Ama Francis

Climate Law Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Michael Gerrard

Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School, Faculty Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Jonathan Hickman

Senior Fellow, NASA Postdoctoral Program, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Darby Jack

Associate Professor, CUMC Environmental Health Sciences

Xiaofan (Fred) Jiang

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Co-chair, Smart Cities Institute, Data Science Institute

Marianthi-Anna Kioumourtzoglou

Assistant Professor, CUMC Environmental Health Sciences

Jacqueline Klopp

Research Scholar and Co-Director, Center for Sustainable Urban Development, Earth Institute

Frederica Perera

Professor, CUMC Environmental Health Sciences. Director, Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health

Andrew Revkin

Director, Initiative on Communication Innovation and Impact, Earth Institute

Beizhan Yan

Lamont Associate Research Professor, Geochemistry