Dr. Gregory Wellenius is a Professor of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. His research is focused on quantifying the health impacts of continued climate change and supporting the development of optimal strategies for local adaptation. Recent publications include quantifying the health risks associated with heat, cold, and air pollution; assessing the role of the physical and built environment on sustained health; projecting future impacts of climate change on human health; and evaluating the effectiveness of climate change adaptation measures. For example, research by Dr. Wellenius and colleagues documenting the adverse health impacts of extreme heat lead the US National Weather Service changing the guideline criteria for issuing heat advisories across New England. Dr. Wellenius recently served as co-author of the 4th National Climate Assessment recently published by the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and as a member of the Rhode Island Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) Advisory Board. Dr. Wellenius also holds an adjunct faculty position at Brown University School of Public Health.

Gregory Wellenius is a 2019 grantee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health Data for Action program, managed by AcademyHealth. 

Authored by Gregory Wellenius, Sc.D., M.Sc.

Blog Post

Addressing the COVID-19 pandemic requires an unprecedented communal effort. The same is true for climate change.

Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic both have profound negative impacts on our health, wellbeing, and way of life, and exacerbate health inequities. Both threats also call for collaboration on an unprecedented scale and speed.