Experts available to discuss the implications of extreme heat

Extreme heat warnings are in effect across much of North America

 June 18, 2024

 June 18, 2024

Extreme heat warnings are in effect across central and eastern Canada along with the Midwest and Northeastern United States. Western University has the following experts available to media to discuss the causes and impacts of extreme heat:

Heat and climate

Katrina Moser
Associate Professor, Geography and Environment

Areas of expertise: Role of climate change and extreme heat, wildfires, drought, climate warming impact on water resources.

James Voogt
Professor, Geography and Environment

Areas of expertise: Urban heat islands and urban heat maps, cities and extreme heat, mitigating heat in urban areas, urban climatology.

Heat domes

Gordon McBean
Professor Emeritus, Geography and Environment

Areas of expertise: Heat domes, climate change and extreme heat, climate change science and policy, natural hazards-prediction and mitigation, weather and environmental prediction systems.

David Sills
Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Executive Director of the Northern Tornadoes Project

Areas of expertise: Heat domes and storms, tornadoes, atmospheric science, changing nature of severe weather in Canada.

Heat and vulnerable populations

Dr. Anna Gunz
Associate Professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Areas of expertise: Health effects of extreme heat, paediatric health and heat, health monitoring of climate change, climate change as a health crisis.

Abe Oudshoorn
Associate Professor, Nursing

Areas of expertise: Extreme heat and homelessness, community health, global health.

Climate solutions

Joshua Pearce
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ivey Business School; John M. Thompson Chair in Information Technology and Innovation

Areas of expertise: Solar technology for climate solutions, agrivoltaics, mortality related to carbon emissions, carbon emissions liability.


Justin Zadorsky, Media Relations Officer, Western University, 226.377.1673 (mobile),

Cynthia Fazio, Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, 226.376.4924 (mobile),





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