Jonathan Patz

Position title: Professor and Director, Global Environmental Health


Phone: (608) 262-4775

258 Enzyme Institute, 1710 University Ave.

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Curriculum Vitae


I direct the UW-Madison Provost’s Global Health Initiative. This is a campus-wide interdisciplinary effort attracting more than one hundred faculty members. Although the initiative is new, it will provide research opportunities for CDE students and faculty. I am the President of the International Association for Ecology and Health. I have briefed both houses of Congress and have served on several scientific committees of the National Academy of Science, and currently serve on science advisory boards for both the CDC and EPA. My research focuses on the health effects of climate change, and I am strongly committed to the development of CDE’s strengths in Spatial and Environmental Demography. Due to the policy-relevance of global environmental health issues, I also actively participate in national and international assessments related to global climate change. Examples include roles of Lead Author, for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Co-Chair for the health report of the first US National Assessment on Climate Variability and Change, report to Congress.

CDE research theme area affiliations

Spatial and Environmental Demography

Selected Publications

Levy, Barry S., Victor W. Sidel, and Jonathan A. Patz. “Climate Change and Collective Violence.” Annual Review of Public Health 38 (2017): 241-57. NIHMS ID 984726.

Patz, Jonathan A., Howard Frumkin, Tracey Holloway, Daniel J. Vimont, and Andrew Haines. “Climate Change Challenges and Opportunities for Global Health.” JAMA 312, no. 15 (2014): 1565-80. NIHMS ID 984727.

Patz, Jonathan A., Maggie L. Grabow, and Vijay S. Limaye. “When It Rains, It Pours: Future Climate Extremes and Health.” Annals of Global Health 80, no. 4 (2014): 332-44. NIHMS ID 984729.