KIM KNOWLTON is a senior scientist with NRDC's health program. Her work focuses on issues related to the health impacts of global warming, including advocating for public health strategies to prepare for and prevent these impacts. Kim is exploring links between climate change and infectious diseases such as dengue fever, and partnering with city and state governments to make health preparedness a more central feature of climate adaptation plans. She has also researched heat- and ozone-related mortality and illnesses as well as possible connections between climate, pollen, allergies and asthma. Kim attended Cornell University and Hunter College/CUNY, and received a doctorate in public health from Columbia University where she was a postdoctoral research scientist before joining NRDC. Kim is also an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, where she developed and co-taught a course with Professor Patrick L. Kinney on the public health impacts of climate change. She was among the researchers who participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2007 Fourth Assessment Report.