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Climate change experts available for interviews on extreme heat conditions and impact

Risk assessment, mitigation and adaptation are essential to protect human health

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Experts at nonprofit research institute RTI International are available for media interviews related to extreme heat in the U.S. and around the world. RTI researchers can speak to related environmental conditions as well as sustainable solutions for mitigation, adaptation and resilience. Specific areas of expertise include climate change policy, agriculture and food security, water security, and health equity and environmental justice.  

Robyn Camp is the director of energy and climate at RTI’s Center for Climate Solutions. She can discuss the global impacts of extreme heat and offer commentary on climate program design and implementation, decarbonization strategies and capacity development and training.

Michael Kane is the director of RTI’s Center for Water Resources. He can speak to water-based challenges exacerbated by climate change, including hydrologic risk from floods and droughts. He can also offer recommendations for developing water resource management systems to strengthen water security and resilience against a backdrop of increasing demand, water scarcity, extreme weather events and hydrologic uncertainty.

Tracy Mitchell is the director of resilience and climate adaptation in RTI’s international development group’s agriculture, water and environment division. She has more than 25 years of experience in international development, including international and domestic work in economic growth, agricultural production and business development. She can discuss resilience for food security, agricultural value chains and market system development.

Janelle Armstrong-Brown is a senior manager of public health, an expert in health equity and a member of RTI’s Transformative Research Unit for Equity (TRUE). She has more than 15 years of experience evaluating and implementing health intervention programs through applying a community-based participatory research approach. She can speak to her research, which examines the mechanisms by which social environmental factors, such as neighborhood resources, can impact health behaviors and subsequently health outcomes among communities of color and vulnerable populations.

To set up an interview with one of RTI’s experts, please contact news@rti.org.