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Tyler Felgenhauer

Research Scientist in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University

Tyler Felgenhauer is Research Director at the Duke Center on Risk and a Senior Research Scientist with the Modeling Environmental Risks and Decisions Group (MERDG) at Duke University. His research focuses on the climate-society system and options for responding to climate change risk in an integrated way, drawing on approaches from systems analysis, modeling, decision analysis, and other analytical methods of public policy and economics. Current work is investigating how to compare the risks and possible benefits of solar geoengineering with the risks of climate change in future scenarios. This includes specific interests in building plausible policy scenarios for geoengineering, the potential international security and termination shock risks posed, and the need for global monitoring of any solar geoengineering deployment. Previous research has explored emerging risk governance for geoengineering as well as optimal portfolios of climate change mitigation and adaptation, international climate governance, policy options in the face of limited adaptation capacity, water-energy system dynamics under climate policy, and clean energy policy. Before Duke, Tyler was a Social Scientist with the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. EPA, and a Director with the clean energy finance firm IronOak Energy. He has additional experience with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), RTI International, and the NC Institute for Climate Studies. Dr. Felgenhauer holds a PhD in Public Policy from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Masters in Public and International Affairs from the (Woodrow Wilson) School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a B.A. in Government from Cornell University.


  • –present
    Research Scientist in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University