Kathy Fallon Lambert is a Senior Advisor with The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan C-CHANGE) and Co-founder of the Science Policy Exchange. Lambert is a national leader in the design of university programs in actionable science. Her work with the Center examines how big data and models can be used to quantify the health and environment benefits of actions to mitigate climate change. She collaborates with health scientists, social scientists, communication experts, and community leaders to accelerate change with health and climate science.

Since 2014, Lambert has led a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary team of scientists to analyze and communicate the air quality, health, and ecosystem impacts of carbon emission standards. Through this prescient initiative she and colleagues published maps of the costs and air quality and health benefits of different power plant carbon standards. From 2010 to 2018, Kathy was the Science and Policy Integration Project Director at Harvard University’s Harvard Forest where she was the Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation grant to understand how stakeholder engagement and land-use scenario science can inform and motivate community decisions.

Prior to her post at Harvard Forest, Lambert served as the first executive director of the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, a non-profit organization associated with the research site where acid rain was discovered in North America. There she created the Science Links program to bridge gaps between biogeochemistry research and air and water quality policy. Her publications and communication efforts informed updates to the acid rain title of the U.S. Clean Air Act and the U.S. Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

Lambert holds a master’s degree from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College where she was awarded the Ralph P. Holben prize in sociology. She has been a Harvard Bullard Fellow, Schepp Scholar, Switzer Fellow, two-time Switzer Environmental Leadership grantee, and recipient of the EPA Region 1 Environmental Merit Award.

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