Daniel Cohan


Daniel Cohan is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. His research specializes in the development of atmospheric models and their application to air quality management, energy policy, and health studies. He received a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry from Georgia Tech, and served as a Fulbright Scholar to Australia. Dr. Cohan serves on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Board of Scientific Counselors climate change subcommittee, is a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award, and was a member of the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team. He is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications, 70 articles in popular media, and the book, Confronting Climate Gridlock, published by Yale University Press in March 2022.

Research Areas

Photochemical modeling; atmospheric sensitivity analysis; pollutant impacts on human health and vegetation; environmental policy and management; climate change mitigation; wind, solar, and geothermal energy


2004 Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA Thesis: “Photochemical formation and cost-efficient abatement of ozone: High-order sensitivity analysis” Minor: Transportation Policy and Economics

1998 B.A., Applied Mathematics Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Teaching Areas

CEVE/ESCI/ENST 307/507, “Energy and the Environment” (Spring 2007-2023)

CEVE 411/511, “Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate” (Fall 2008, 2009, 2011-2017, 2019-2022)

MLSC 553, “Solving the Climate Challenge” (Fall 2017, Spring 2021, Spring 2023)


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