Five YSE Faculty Members Make ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ List

20 12 16 01 highly cited 5 From left: Karen Seto, Peter Raymond, Michelle Bell, Anthony Leiserowitz and Mark Bradford
Five Yale School of the Environment faculty members were included on Clarivate Analytics’ annual list of “Highly Cited Researchers.”  Each year, the company collects scientific and research data that identifies scientists who have demonstrated significant influence through publication of papers over a decade-long period.
Michelle Bell, the Mary E. Pinchot Professor of Environmental Health; Mark Bradford, professor of soils and ecosystem ecology; Karen Seto, the Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science; Peter Raymond, professor of ecosystem ecology; and Anthony Leiserowitz, founder and director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, all made the list, which includes more than 50 faculty researchers from across Yale University and Yale’s graduate and professional schools.
More than 6,000 researchers from more than 60 countries and regions, across 21 fields of the sciences and social sciences, were selected based on the number of highly cited papers they produced from 2009-2019. See the methodology.
Bell, who was elected to the National Academy of Medicine earlier this year, is a leading researcher in how atmospheric systems, such as air pollution and weather, affect human health. She further researches the health consequences of climate change and environmental justice. In addition to being a faculty member at YSE, she has a secondary appointment at the Yale School of Public Health.
Bradford’s research focuses on the health, biology, ecology, and carbon storage potential of forest, grassland, and agricultural soils. His work seeks to understand the role of soils in the global carbon cycle, especially whether interactions between climate warming and soil carbon could lead to runaway greenhouse warming, and how building soil carbon translates to ecosystem services at local scales.
Seto is an expert on how urbanization will affect our planet, integrating remote sensing, modeling methods, and field interviews to study urbanization and land change, forecast urban growth, and examine environmental consequences of urban expansion. She specializes in contemporary urbanization in Asia, especially China and India.
Raymond’s research focuses on the chemistry and ecology of inland waters. This includes research on the exchange of greenhouse gases between inland waters and the atmosphere, controls on the transport of terrestrial elements to inland and coastal waters, the metabolism of aquatic ecosystems, and how storms and droughts impact aquatic ecology. This year, Raymond led a study on whether the COVID-19 virus is present in streams and rivers, to determine if it could then be transmitted through rivers and streams to humans.
Leiserowitz is an expert on public climate change and environmental beliefs, attitudes, policy preferences, and behavior, and the psychological, cultural, and political factors that shape them. He conducts research at the global, national, and local scales, including many surveys of the American public. Leiserowitz earlier this year received Climate One’s Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication for his scientific contributions and effective communication on the growing issue of climate change
Menachem Elimelech and Walter Jetz, who have secondary appointment at YSE, were also named to the list.