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Aaron Strong

Aaron Strong
Aaron Strong

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Taylor Science Center 1026

Trained as an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist, Aaron Strong’s research focuses on understanding the impacts of climate change and the dynamics of climate feedbacks in both terrestrial and marine systems, including work on ocean acidification, carbon sequestration, and sea-level rise.

Concerned with both the biophysical and human dimensions of climate change, Strong’s work also employs participatory scenario-based, spatially-explicit assessments that seek to enhance climate justice and provide actionable information to decision-makers.

He joined Hamilton as an assistant professor of environmental studies with a focus on climate change. Strong received his bachelor's in biology and political science from Swarthmore College, his master's in international climate policy from Tufts University and his doctorate from the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University. Before coming to Hamilton Strong was an assistant professor in the School of Marine Sciences and the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine.

Recent Courses Taught

Climate Change
Seminar on Climate Risk and Resilience
Gateway to Environmental Studies
Carbon Footprints and Sustainability

Select Publications

  • Woodruff, S., BenDor, T., and Strong, Aaron L. 2018. Fighting the inevitable: systems thinking, infrastructure investment, and coastal community trajectories in the age of sea level rise. Systems Dynamic Review.
  • Strong, Aaron L. 2018. Sustainable shipping: The pitfalls and promise of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the maritime shipping industry. In: Gresh, G. (ed). Eurasia’s Maritime Rise and Global Security. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Haya, B., Strong, Aaron L., Grubert, E., and D. Cullenward. 2016. Carbon offsets in California: Science in the policy development process. In: Drake, J.L., Kontar, Y.Y., Eichelberger, J.C., Rupp, T.S., Taylor, K.M.(eds). Communicating Climate Change and Natural Hazard Risk and Cultivating Resilience: Case Studies for a Multidisciplinary Approach. Cham (Switzerland): Springer Press. pp. 241-254
  • Strong, Aaron L., Johnson, T.P., Chiariello, N.R., and C.B. Field. 2016. Experimental fire increases soil carbon dioxide efflux in a grassland long-term, multi-factor, global change experiment. Global Change Biology.
  • Carey, J.C., Tang, J., Templer, P.H., Kroeger, K.D., Crowther, T.W., Burton, A.J., Dukes, J.S., Emmett, B., Frey, S.D., Heskel, M., A., Jiang, L., Machmuller, M.B., Mohan, J., Panetta, A.M., Reich, P.B., Reinsch, S., Wang, X., Allison, S.D., Bamminger, C., Bridgham, S., Collins, S.L., de Dato, G., Eddy, W.C., Enquist, B.J., Estiarte, M., Harte, J., Henderson, A., Johnson, B.R., Larsen, Klaus S., Luo, Y., Marhan, S., Melillo, J.M., Peñuelas, J., Pfeifer-Meister, L., Poll, C., Rastetter, E., Reinmann, A.B., Reynolds, L.L., Schmidt, I.K., Shaver, G.R., Strong, Aaron L., Suseela, V., Tietema, A. 2016. Temperature response of soil respiration largely unaltered with experimental warming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 113: 13797-13802
  • Strong, Aaron L., Lowry, K.E., Brown, Z.W., Mills, M.M., van Dijken, G.L., Pickart, R.S., Cooper, L.W., Frey,K.E., Benner, R., Fichot, C.G., Mathis, J.T., Bates, N.R., and K.R. Arrigo. 2016. Mass balance estimates of carbon export in different water masses of the Chukchi Sea shelf. Deep Sea Research II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. 130: 88-99.

Professional Affiliations

American Geophysical Union
Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences
Associate Deputy Editor for Climatic Change

Appointed to the Faculty: 2018

Educational Background

Ph.D., Stanford University
M.A., Tufts University
B.A., Swarthmore College

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