Erwan Monier is an Associate Professor of Climate Change Impacts in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California, Davis. He also serves as co-director of the UC Davis Climate Adaptation Research Center.


Erwan’s research focuses on better understanding the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on society and the environment. His Global Environmental Change Lab uses interdisciplinary approaches to examine the co-evolution of human and natural systems in the face of global environmental change. They explore the impacts of climate change, extreme weather and land-use change on agriculture, forests and wildfires. They also examine the interactions between climate change, air quality and health. Their aim is to derive actionable information to support adaptation to climate change and extreme weather and ensure a resilient, equitable, sustainable and prosperous world. Learn more about Erwan’s research by exploring his publications.


Erwan’s teaching focuses on the complex interactions between humans and our environment. He teaches the Science and Society course “Crisis in the Environment“, an undergraduate general education course that examines the causes, effects and solutions to a wide range of environmental problems facing the global ecosystem. Erwan co-teaches a graduate course on “Climate Change, Water & Society” that integrates climate science and hydrology with policy to understand California water issues. He also co-teaches an undergraduate course on “Biometeorology” that explores the relationship between the biosphere and the atmosphere. Finally, he occasionally teaches an undergraduate general education course on “Severe and Unusual Weather“. Find out more information about Erwan’s teaching, including course summary, learning outcomes, syllabus and video recordings.


At UC Davis, Erwan Monier is a graduate advisor for the Atmospheric Science Graduate Group and the Geography Graduate Group. He is also the Climate Change and Air Quality track advisor for the Environmental Science and Management major. Erwan serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee of the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. Outside the University, Erwan is a member of the Facilitation Team of the MultiSector Dynamics community of practice. He also serves as a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting program committee. Finally, he is a guest editor for the Environmental Research Letters special issue on the Northern Eurasia Future Initiative.

Education and training

Prior to joining the faculty at UC Davis, Erwan Monier was a researcher at MIT for 9 years. He worked at the Center for Global Change Science and Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. He had secondary affiliations with the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate, and the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab. Before joining MIT, he received a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at UC Davis. He also obtained a M.Eng. in Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics at the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, ENSEEIHT.

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