Karen Seto

Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science; Senior Associate Dean for Research, Yale University

Karen Seto is the Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science and Senior Associate Dean for Research at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  Prior to joining Yale in 2008, she was on the faculty at Stanford University for eight years. She is an expert in urbanization and global change, urban mitigation of climate change, and satellite remote sensing. She has pioneered methods to reconstruct urban land-use dynamics with satellite data and has developed novel empirical methods to forecast the expansion of urban areas. She has conducted urbanization research in China for twenty years and in India for ten. She was one of the two Coordinating Lead Authors for the urban mitigation chapter of Working Group III of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and will serve again as Coordinating Lead Author for the urban mitigation chapter of Working Group III of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.