Claire M. Hubbard Professor of Health and Environment
Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health
- 2018-Present, Claire M. Hubbard Professor of Health and Environment, Department of Environmental Agricultural & Occupational Health, UNMC
- 2018-Present, Faculty Fellow, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, University of Nebraska
- 2018-Present, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Agricultural & Occupational Health, UNMC
- 2013-Present, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Environmental Health, Emory University
- 2017-2018, Guest Researcher/Senior Climate Science Consultant, Mycotic Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- 2015-2018, Research Scholar, Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites – NC, North Carolina State University
- 2013-2017, Guest Researcher/Climate Science Advisor, Climate and Health Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- 2010-2015, Research Associate, Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites – NC, North Carolina State University
- 2010-2010, Postdoctoral Research, Department of Biology, Wake Forest University
- 2009 PhD, The University of Oklahoma
- 2003 BS, Emporia State University
My research explores the relationships of extreme weather, climate variability, and climate change on natural and human processes. The climate that we experience controls much of the world around us. When our climate abruptly changes or gradually shifts, there can be related consequences to both our communities and our health. The goal of my work is to understand these linkages between climate and health, so that we can help prepare our populations for climate- and weather-related disasters. To determine these relationships, I use a variety of climate and environmental data sources to explore associations with human health outcomes. Much of my experience in this field comes from my previous position, where I created the first joint research position between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The role of this dual appointment was to provide a mechanism to integrate NOAA climate and environmental data into CDC health projects. This work provided me firsthand experience that is now the foundation for my current research. In addition to this, my participation as a lead author for the U.S. Global Change Research Program report “The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment” that was released by the White House in 2016 has also shaped my professional interests. A key finding of this report is that climate change is a significant threat to the health of the American people and that every American is vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change. As this finding suggests, there are many research opportunities to evaluate and understand the role of climate on human health. By accomplishing this work, we have the potential to save lives and create more climate resilient communities.
- Rudd, M.A., Moore, A.F., Rochberg, D., Bianchi-Fossati, L., Brown, M.A., D’Onofrio, D., Furman, C.A., Garcia, J., Jordan, B., Kline, J., Risse, L.M., Yager, P.L., Abbinett, J., Alber, M., Bell, J.E., etc. 2018. Climate research priorities for policy-makers, practitioners, and scientists in Georgia, USA. Environmental Management, pp.1-20.
- Bell, J.E., Brown, C.L., Conlon, K., Herring, S., Kunkel, K.E., Lawrimore, J., Luber, G., Schreck, C., Smith, A. and Uejio, C., 2018. Changes in extreme events and the potential impacts on human health. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 68(4), pp.265-287.
- Coopersmith, E. J., J. E. Bell, K. Benedict, J. Shriber, O. McCotter, and M. H. Cosh (2017), Relating coccidioidomycosis (valley fever) incidence to soil moisture conditions, GeoHealth, 1, doi:10.1002/2016GH000033.
- Shriber, J., Conlon, K. C., Benedict, K., McCotter, O. Z., & Bell, J. E. (2017). Assessment of Vulnerability to Coccidioidomycosis in Arizona and California. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(7), 680.
- LaKind, J.S., Overpeck, J., Breysse, P.N., Backer, L., Richardson, S.D., Sobus, J., Sapkota, A., Upperman, C.R., Jiang, C., Beard, C.B., Brunkard, J.M., Bell, J.E., Harris, R., Chretien, J.P., Peltier, R.E., Chew, G.L., and Blount, B.C., 2016. Exposure science in an age of rapidly changing climate: challenges and opportunities. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 26(6), pp.529-538.
- Bell, J.E., S. Burrer, & N. Wall. (2016). Drought’s Fallout: Human Health. NIDIS Newsletter: Dry Times. Vol. 5 Issue 2.
- Crimmins, A., J. Balbus, J.L. Gamble, C.B. Beard, J.E. Bell, D. Dodgen, R.J. Eisen, N. Fann, M.D. Hawkins, S.C. Herring, L. Jantarasami, D.M. Mills, S. Saha, M.C. Sarofim, J. Trtanj, and L. Ziska, Eds. USGCRP, 2016: The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, 312 pp. http://dx.doi.org/10.7930/J0R49NQX
- Bell, J.E., S.C. Herring, L. Jantarasami, C. Adrianopoli, K. Benedict, K. Conlon, V. Escobar, J. Hess, J. Luvall, C.P. Garcia-Pando, D. Quattrochi, J. Runkle, and C. Schreck, (2016). Ch. 4: Impacts of Extreme Events on Human Health. The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, 99-128.
- Vins, H., Bell, J.E., Saha, S., & Hess, J. J. (2015). The Mental Health Outcomes of Drought: A Systematic Review and Causal Process Diagram. International journal of environmental research and public health, 12(10), 13251-13275.
- Knapp, A. K., Beier, C., Briske, D. D., Classen, A. T., Luo, Y., Reichstein, M., Smith, S.D., Bell, J.E., Sherry, R. ... & Weng, E. (2008). Consequences of more extreme precipitation regimes for terrestrial ecosystems. Bioscience, 58(9), 811-821.
- American Meteorological Society
- American Geophysical Union
- Oxford Half Degree Additional warming, Prognosis and Projected Impacts (HAPPI)