Dr. Kathleen A. Mar

Dr. Kathleen A. Mar

Scientific Head

Kathleen Mar joined the IASS in 2012 and leads the group "Climate Action in National and International Processes (ClimAct)." ClimAct focuses on participation in and understanding of political forums that aim to drive climate action, with a particular emphasis on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). Kathleen holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry and worked at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) prior to joining the IASS. This perspective - combining scientific expertise with practical experience in the world of policy and administration - shapes her approach to both research and policy-oriented work.

  • 2017 to the present IASS Project Leader
  • 2012-2016 IASS Scientist
  • 2008-2012 Environmental Scientist and Air Compliance Officer, United States Environmental Protection Agency (Seattle, Washington, USA)
  • 2002-2008 PhD, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Climate and air quality interactions
  • The Air Pollution-Climate-Health nexus
  • Integrated approaches to policy making on air quality and climate
  • Non-CO2 climate forcers
  • Climate communication
  • 20.05.2019: "Perspectives on the Air Pollution-Climate-Health Nexus" at German-Thai Exchange on Health and Climate Change Adaptation; Robert Koch Institut, Berlin, Mar, K.
  • 12.03.2019: "Where are we now and where do we need to go? The state of knowledge and action on SLCPs." at "Integrating Climate Action, Sustainable Development, and Clean Air: African Action Plans to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants" in the Green Tent at UNEA-4, Nairobi, Kenya, Mar, K.; Unger, C.
  • 03.12.2018: "Black Carbon in Europe: Mitigation Priorities for Health and Climate" at EU Pavilion at UNFCCC COP24, Katowice, Poland, Mar, K.
  • 2017, "Health impacts of air quality", lecture for "Atmospheric Science in the Anthropocene" at the University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
  • 2016, "Mitigating emissions from the bricks sector: co-benefits for climate, health and more", Climate and Clean Air Coalition Bricks Regional Africa Workshop, Rabat, Morocco
  • 2016, "Twenty years of ozone air quality in Europe: trends in models and measurements", Quadrennial Ozone Symposium, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Superior Accomplishment Recognition Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2012
  • Assistant Administrator's Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2011
  • Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center Fellowship, 2007
  • Graduate Student Scholarship, Western Spectroscopy Association Meeting, 2007
  • United Nations Atmospheric Brown Clouds Training School, 2006
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2003-2006
  • Valedictorian, Georgetown College, Class of 2002
  • Clare Boothe Luce Foundation Scholarship, 2000-2002