Dr. Daniel M. Westervelt

Climate change and air pollution scientist


I am currently an Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY. In addition, I am a Columbia University Climate and Life Fellow leading a project on air pollution and climate change in Africa. I am also an affiliated scientist with the NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies in New York, NY, and an air pollution advisor to the US State Department.

Prior to Lamont, I worked as a Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University.

I completed my PhD degree in May 2013 in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, under the supervision of Dr. Peter Adams.

Outside of work, I enjoy sports, science, reading, and New York City living.

9/9/2019: Luke Stancs, MS student in Climate and Society at Columbia University, joins Dr. Westervelt’s team researching air pollution in Africa!

8/26/2019: Dr. Westervelt is traveling to Nairobi, Kenya, and Kampala, Uganda to start a low cost sensor measurement campaign! He is also hosting an air quality roundtable at the Columbia Global Center in Nairobi, which will be attended by ~20 Kenyan and Ugandan environmental scientists. He will meet with scientists at University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Jomo Kenyatta University, and Makerere University (Kampala). See recap here.

8/12/2019: Dr. Westervelt is quoted in this piece by Chemistry and Environmental News

8/6/2019: Dr. Westervelt attended the ASAP-East Africa air pollution meeting at the Population Council in Midtown, Manhattan. The meeting was organized by the Pop Council and Prof. Francis Pope of University of Birmingham (UK).

7/31/2019: Dr. Westervelt’s latest paper on air quality and climate change in China was published in Environmental Research Letters. Media press release here: