Director of Water, Climate and Health
Dr. Jesse E. Bell is the Claire M. Hubbard Professor of Health and Environment in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His research explores the relationships of climate and extreme weather on natural and human processes. He served as a lead author for the U.S. Global Change Research Program report “The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment” that was released by the White House in 2016. Before coming to UNMC, Dr. Bell developed and served as the first holder of an interagency position between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During his time in this role, he worked on a variety of innovative health projects that made use of his knowledge of climate processes and ability to analyze climate data. He was able to unite their efforts toward discovery of climate’s impact on health. His research and efforts there built the foundation for future, novel, and inventive approaches to use climate data to assist with health research. He also served on the White House OSTP Pandemic Prediction and Forecast Working Group. In this role, he helped with the integration of environmental data into model forecast of pandemics. Dr. Bell is a Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute Faculty Fellow and adjunct faculty for the Department of Environmental Health at Emory University. His Ph.D. is from the University of Oklahoma.