Ted Greenhalgh, a professor in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, studies the effects of new and evolving environmental risks and how best to communicate these risks with the public. Past research has covered such diverse subjects as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), nanotechnology, synthetic biology, and even the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His current research deals with the mitigation of climate change and how we can adapt to these changes if mitigation does not succeed. This research looks not only to inform policy decisions at the highest levels, but also educate the public about these risks.
A product of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas system (B.S. in Biology, M.S. in Environmental Science, Ph.D. in Environmental Science), Greenhalgh also spends time addressing local environmental policy issues like water and energy sustainability as well as their impacts on our desert environment. Having lived in the Las Vegas Valley for more than 25 years, he watched with awe and concerned the extraordinary growth phases that occur here. Using the latest technologies and research on urban growth Greenhalgh hopes to educate the public and policy makers to make wise decisions to maintain our fragile desert ecosystems.
He currently teaches courses in climate change, environmental science, water use planning, land use planning, and the first year seminar course for new students. All these activities focus on using science to identify problems and solutions to clearly understand the issues involved and communicate them to the people they affect. Woven into this strategy lay the implicit understanding that not everyone agrees on policy or understands science, so as communicators we must find a way to speak clearly to all those affected by the policies created.
- BS Biology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- MS Environmental Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- PhD, Environmental Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas