Dr. Shahir Masri
Scientist, Author, Public Speaker
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I am the author of the book Beyond Debate: Answers to 50 Misconceptions on Climate Change, which was recently acclaimed by Citizens' Climate Lobby founder Marshall Saunders, among prominent university scientists at MIT, UCLA, and elsewhere. Currently, I am involved in a study that is investigating exposure to harmful combustion-related air pollutants in the U.S. and China, as well as a project to quantify the health effects associated with mercury and fish consumption. In my prior work, I helped develop novel predictive models to estimate particulate matter (PM) exposure among U.S. military personnel deployed to Southwest Asia and Afghanistan. Several of my scientific works have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
While understanding the science of pollution is of immense importance, understanding the implications of such science to policy is of equal necessity. Further, the ability to translate complex science into meaningful language for policy makers and the public is invaluable. With my academic and professional training, it is my ongoing goal to educate and consult on matters of environmental contamination, climate change, human health, and related solutions. To this end, I actively teach and write on such topics. My writings have been published in The Hill, Thrive Global, the Johns Hopkins University Water Institute Magazine, Organics|Healthy Lifestyle, and elsewhere. If you'd like me to come speak to your community, or write an article for your news organization, please click here to submit a speaking request.
I am currently Assistant Specialist in Air Pollution Exposure Assessment and Epidemiology at the University of California at Irvine, where I work on air pollution exposure modeling as well as climate change communication research. I am also an adjunct faculty member at the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University where I teach about environmental health and pollution. I also teach online graduate and undergraduate courses in environmental health at National University and serve as Environmental Consultant for the Hoffman TILT Research & Education Program at the University of Texas, San Antonio.
I earned my Doctor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and my Bachelor of Science degree from the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA.
Recently, I co-founded a project called "On the Road for Climate Action," which is an effort to raise awareness about climate change by organizing educational climate events and giving public presentations across all 50 states.