Ploy Pattanun Achakulwisut

Postdoctoral Scientist, George Washington University

Ploy Achakulwisut is a Postdoctoral Scientist working with Prof. Susan Anenberg to study the connections between climate change, air pollution, and public health. Her projects include assessing the impacts of traffic pollution on childhood asthma globally and investigating the links between climate change, dust, and Valley Fever in the U.S. Southwest.

Ploy earned her Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Climate Sciences from Harvard University. Her thesis focused on investigating the coupling between climate change and short-lived atmospheric pollutants on global and regional scales, and on timeframes ranging from glacial-interglacial transitions to late-21st century projections. Beyond academia, she is also passionate about public engagement and climate communication; she has served as a SustainUS youth delegate to the 2014 United Nations climate negotations and published several opinion editorials in outlets including The Guardian, Scientific American, and Mashable.


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    Postdoctoral Scientist, George Washington University