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David Lafferty

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Contact Information

4050-F Natural History Building
1301 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Advisor: Dr. Ryan Sriver


David is a Ph.D. student working with Professor Ryan Sriver in the Climate Dynamics and Variability Group.

David's research focuses on uncertainty quantification in coupled human-environment systems. He works on the representation of climate extremes and their impacts on sectors such as agriculture.


  • M.Sc. in Physics, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany, 2018
  • B.Sc. in Theoretical Physics, University of Glasgow, UK, 2016

Awards and Honors

LAS Impact Award for hosting the first virtual Midwest Student Conference on Atmospheric Research.

Additional Campus Affiliations

Recent Publications

Uncertainty analysis in multi-sector systems: Considerations for risk analysis, projection, and planning for complex systems; V. Srikrishnan, D.C. Lafferty, T.E. Wong, J.R. Lamontagne, J.D. Quinn, S. Sharma, J.M. Nusrat, J.D. Herman, R.L. Sriver, J.F. Morris, B.S. Lee; Earth’s Future (2022)

Statistically bias-corrected and downscaled climate models underestimate the adverse effects of extreme heat on U.S. maize yields; Lafferty, D.C., Sriver, R.L., Haqiqi, I., Keller, K., Nicholas, R.; Commun Earth Environ 2, 196 (2021).