Jennifer Marlon, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC). She obtained her Ph.D. and M.S. in Geography from the University of Oregon. Dr. Marlon uses surveys, experiments, modeling, and other methods to study people’s perceptions of and responses to environmental change, particularly relating to climate and extreme weather events. Her recent projects include the Yale Climate Opinion Maps; a study of coastal Connecticut residents’ hurricane attitudes; and a study of heat wave risk perceptions.
Dr. Marlon also conducts research in paleoecology and paleoclimate using sediment records. She developed a Global Charcoal Database that houses hundreds of sediment records from lakes, soils, and oceans around the world (http://paleofire.org). The dataset has been used to understand the response of fire regimes to abrupt climate changes, the role of fire in the expansion of agriculture during the Holocene, and human impacts on fire during the Industrial Era. Her research has been published in journals such as Nature Geoscience, Nature Climate Change, Quaternary Science Reviews, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Forest Ecology and Management, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.