Ilissa Ocko, PhD

CLIMATE SCIENTIST

 

Environmental Defense Fund

1875 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 600

Washington, DC 20009

 

Phone 212 616 1228

Email iocko@edf.org

Hello! I'm Ilissa.

 

I am a Sr. Climate Scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, where I pursue climate science research and provide scientific guidance for climate change communication and policy. My research uses models to understand how different human activities contribute to climate change and how different actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can benefit the climate. I am committed to communicating science to non-experts using plain language and powerful visuals, and recently represented the U.S. in an international science communications contest.

RESEARCH
 
SOLUTIONS

Exploring

HOW TO CURB CLIMATE CHANGE 

My research involves employing reduced-complexity climate models and climate metrics to determine the most effective ways to limit warming in both the near-term and long-term by reducing both short-lived and long-lived climate pollutants, including carbon dioxide, methane, and black carbon. 

+ Ocko and Hamburg, Climate Impacts of Hydropower: Enormous Differences among Facilities and over Time, Environ. Sci. Tech. (2019)

+ Ivanovich et al., Climate benefits of proposed carbon dioxide mitigation strategies for international shipping and aviation, Atmos. Chem. Phys. (2019)

+ Ocko et al., Unmask temporal trade-offs in climate policy debates, Science (2017)

+ Complements to carbon: Opportunities for near-term action on non-CO2 climate forcers, Princeton (2011)

IMPACTS

Understanding

HOW THE CLIMATE RESPONDS TO CLIMATE POLLUTANTS

My research focuses on exploring the thermal, hydrological, and dynamical responses to both well-mixed greenhouse gases, spatially variable tropospheric aerosols, and stratospheric aerosols. 

+ Ocko et al., Rapid and reliable assessment of methane impacts on climate, Atmos. Chem. Phys., (2018)

+ Ocko et al., Contrasting climates responses to the scattering and absorbing features of anthropogenic aerosol forcings, J. Climate (2014)

CAUSES

Determining

OUTREACH
 
WRITTEN

Blogs & Tweets

I LOVE TURNING JARGON INTO PLAIN LANGUAGE

Translating scientific jargon and information into accessible plain language is something that I do often. As a scientist working at an environmental NGO, a lot of my interactions are with non-scientists (policymakers, lawyers, members, donors, and more). I write numerous blog posts and maintain a Twitter account that shares only "good" climate news. I have also helped develop a climate change exhibit at UCAR/NCAR.

 + Check out some blog posts

 + Check out the Twitter account @goodclimatenews

VISUAL

Infographics

MY BIGGEST PASSION IS DESIGNING INFOGRAPHICS

I love to organize complex aspects of climate change and other scientific information into beautiful, accessible graphics as they are a powerful tool for learning and retaining information. My love for art and design coupled with my scientific knowledge makes designing infographics the perfect hobby. Several of my graphics have been published in news and magazine articles, blog posts, scientific papers, and reports, and I maintain an Instagram account where I post graphics to promote climate and energy awareness.

 + Check out some infographics

 + Check out the Instagram account @theclimatepicture

ORAL

Speaking & Competing

I TRY TO INSPIRE AND ENGAGE AUDIENCES OF ALL KINDS

I am a very animated and passionate speaker, and really try to connect with my audience. I've talked at middle and high schools, Churches, a music festival, to banks and lawfirms, libraries, a rap show, and on radio programs. I also enjoy participating in science communication challenges and contests, and recently won the NASA-sponsored FameLab contest (“American Idol” for scientists), representing the USA in the international competition and advancing to the finals. 

 + Check out some presentations

AFFILIATIONS
 
HOBBIES
 
EDUCATION
 
PhD, Princeton University
Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences 

My dissertation, with Dr. V. Ramaswamy as my advisor, focused on the contrasting and complementary features of climate responses to human-caused scattering and absorbing aerosols. I used global climate models, corroborated by ground-based and satellite measurements, to isolate climate responses to individual aerosols and greenhouse gases. I was supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and won the Emerging Alumni Scholars Award. I also received a certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School.

MA, Princeton University
Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences

I began graduate school researching aerosols in the Arctic, both how they are transported there from mid-latitudes and how they influence the energy balance. I was supported by the American Meteorological Society Industry/ Government Graduate Fellowship, and specifically, the NOAA Climate Program Office. I also earned two summer school certificates: Arctic Climate Change Certificate from University Centre in Svalbard, and Physics of the Climate System Certificate from Utrecht University.

BSE, University of Michigan
Earth System Science & Engineering

I was fortunate to have some amazing mentors and some incredible internships and research assistantships. Some of my favorite experiences include traveling to Greenland to learn about climate science, interning at the NOAA Earth System Research Lab as a Hollings Scholar (how I met my husband!), and participating in an REU at the University of Michigan Bio Station. Aside from research, I was co-president of the Society of Undergraduate Earth System Scientists and Engineers, and the Chief Meteorologist of a news show on a student-run television network. 

 
CONTACT ME

Ilissa Ocko, PhD

CLIMATE SCIENTIST

Phone:

212-616-1228

 

Email:

iocko@edf.org 

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