Jonathan Buonocore

Research Scientist

Department of Environmental Health

My research mainly focuses on the health, environmental, and climate benefits and impacts of energy choices and climate mitigation strategies. My energy projects are currently focused on understanding the health impacts of oil and gas production in the United States and evaluating the health benefits of methane emission reduction strategies. I am also evaluating the health benefits of transportation policies in the Northeast U.S., and doing a historical reconstruction of energy consumption and health and climate impacts during the coal-to-gas transition in the U.S. during the last decade. I am also working on understanding the possible health benefits or impacts of geoengineering through Stratospheric Aerosol Injection, a proposed strategy of injecting aerosols into the stratosphere to reduce incoming solar radiation.

Previously, I have evaluated health and climate benefits of renewable energy in the U.S. and globally, assessed the benefits of U.S. power sector carbon policies and state-level carbon prices, evaluated health impacts of wildfires in Indonesia, and supported work to assess population proximity to underground gas storage wells and the prevalence of a design vulnerability that can lead to a well blowout.

My research has been used by policy makers and NGOs to support the development of evidence-based policies, and used by sustainable and impact investors to maximize the health and environmental benefits of their investment choices.