My name is Ryan Harp and I am the current Ubben Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern and pleased to be working alongside Dan Horton in the Climate Change Research Group. My primary research focus is on the intersections of climate and human health, though I’m broadly interested in the societal impacts of climate variability and change. I'm currently investigating the links between malaria and interannual climate variability and have also explored the effects of climate on crime.
In these projects, I combine a variety of societal data sets with weather and climate reanalyses and global climate model output to advance our knowledge of interactions between the human and earth systems. I’m a strong proponent of interdisciplinary work and my aim is to produce knowledge that can be used to the benefit of humanity, such as the implementation of disease early warning systems. Alongside the societal impacts of climate, my other research interests include seasonal-to-subseasonal forecasting, modes of seasonal to interannual climate variability and their predictability, and analyzing extreme events in a climatological context.
Before joining the Climate Change Research Group, I completed my M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric and oceanic sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Oceans and Climate Lab under the advisement of Kris Karnauskas. In addition, I earned a graduate certificate in science and technology policy at the recently closed Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. Prior to moving to Colorado, I completed my B.S. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in atmospheric and oceanic sciences and psychology. I’m also passionate about science communication and science policy. When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy running, hiking, and skiing, playing games with friends and family, and spending time with my wife and cat.