Earth Institute Staff Directory

Alison C. Heslin

Postdoctoral Research Scientist , Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR) , The Earth Institute

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
2880 Broadway
New York, New York 10025

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Heslin is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Columbia University’s Center for Climate Systems Research. Her work focuses on the ways environmental changes affect food security, conflict, and migration. Specifically, her research examines patterns of conflict and displacement following sudden and gradual onset environmental changes, such as natural disasters or changes in temperature and precipitation. She is currently part of the project, “Towards a Multi-scale Theory of Coupled Human Mobility and Environment Change,” where she focuses on environmentally-driven changes agricultural productivity and food security as drivers of human mobility.

Before joining CCSR, Dr. Heslin worked at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. She holds a PhD in Sociology with a focus on political economy and environmental sociology from Emory University.