Senior Sustainability Scientist; Associate Professor; Faculty Affiliate
David Hondula's research examines the societal impacts of weather and climate with an emphasis on extreme weather and health. Recent projects include statistical analysis of health and environmental data sets to improve understanding of the impact of high temperatures on human morbidity and mortality, especially within urban areas. Hondula is also engaged in quantitative and qualitative field work to learn how individuals experience and cope with extreme heat in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Developing research considers how to facilitate effective governance and communication strategies for climate adaptation. These efforts are motivated by the overarching goal of reducing unnecessary weather-related illnesses and deaths through effective mitigation and intervention strategies.
Prior to joining ASU, Hondula received his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia and was a visiting scholar at Umeå University in Umeå, Sweden and Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Hondula currently serves as a Director for the Association of American Geographers' Climate Specialty Group, and is also member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC), International Society of Biometeorology (ISB), and International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE).