Kelly Gassert analyzes global climate model simulations in order to quantify near-term climate risk as a Research Assistant with our Risk Program. Her research focuses on enhancing climate resilience and addressing inequities in under-resourced communities with high climate risk exposure in the United States and abroad as part of the Quadrature Climate Foundation Communities project. She hopes her research will contribute to mitigating the negative impacts of climate change on natural resources and rectifying the inequities suffered by minority and poor communities.
Gassert has a B.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of North Carolina-Asheville and a M.S. in Geography from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She worked as a National Climate Assessment intern at the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites-North Carolina (CICS-NC), as an Atmospheric Scientist at CPP Wind Engineering and Air Quality Consultants, and as a GIS Data Analyst for the Lightning group at Vaisala.
In her spare time, she can be found swing dancing, gardening, or exploring nature with her pup, Nibbler.