Director, Claire M. Hubbard Professor of Water, Climate, and Health Program
Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health
- 2020-Present, Claire M. Hubbard Professor of Water, Climate and Health, UNMC
- 2020-Present, Director, Water, Climate and Health Program, UNMC
- 2020-Present, Director, Water, Climate and Health, University of Nebraska Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, University of Nebraska
- 2020-Present, Associate Professor, IANR, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- 2018-2020, Claire M. Hubbard Professor of Health and Environment, Department of Environmental Agricultural & Occupational Health, UNMC
- 2018-2020, 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.
Selected Publications (Google Scholar)
Ebi, K. L., Vanos, J., Baldwin, J. W., Bell, J. E., Hondula, D. M., Errett, N. A., ... & Berry, P. (2021). Extreme weather and climate change: population health and health system implications. Annual review of public health, 42, 293-315.
Bartelt-Hunt, S. L., & Bell, J. E. (2021). Surface and Groundwater Contamination, Community and Ecosystem Exposures Are the Unintentional Consequences from “Recycling” Treated Seed Products. Environmental Science & Technology, 55(9), 5605-5607.
Bell, J.E, Lookadoo, R., Wheeler, S., and Dethlefs, C. (2020). Case Study – The 2019 Floods in the Central U.S. Lessons for Improving Health, Health Equity, and Resiliency. In Lancet Countdown, 2020: 2020 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Policy Brief for the United States of America. Salas RN, Lester PK, Hess JJ. Lancet Countdown U.S. Policy Brief, London, United Kingdom.
Lookadoo, R. E. & Bell, J. E. (2020) Public health policy actions to address health issues associated with drought in a changing climate. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 48, 653-663.
Lynch, K. M., Lyles, R. H., Waller, L. A., Abadi, A. M., Bell, J. E.*, & Gribble, M. O.* (2020). Drought severity and all-cause mortality rates among adults in the United States: 1968–2014. Environmental Health, 19, 1-14. *equal contribution to the work
Rennie, J., Bell, J. E., Kunkel, K. E., Herring, S., Cullen, H., & Abadi, A. M. (2019). Development of a Submonthly Temperature Product to Monitor Near-Real-Time Climate Conditions and Assess Long-Term Heat Events in the United States. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 58(12), 2653-2674.
Johansson, M. A., Apfeldorf, K. M., Dobson, S., Devita, J., Buczak, A. L., Baugher, B., ... Bell., J.E…. & Yamana, T. K. (2019). An open challenge to advance probabilistic forecasting for dengue epidemics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(48), 24268-24274.
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.
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.
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. http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7930/JOBZ63ZV
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.
- American Meteorological Society
- American Geophysical Union
- Oxford Half Degree Additional warming, Prognosis and Projected Impacts (HAPPI)