Rodrigo Leal

Rodrigo  Leal
B.A., Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, 2016
M.S., Community and Regional Planning, The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2026
M.S., Energy and Earth Resources, The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2026

I am a climate adaptation practitioner and graduate student researcher working to build partnerships between communities and institutions to address the climate crisis. I believe that environmental research is most effective and meaningful when it is driven by community priorities and done in partnership with those who are most affected by environmental and climate injustices. Currently, my research interests include (1) exploring how more equitable approaches to knowledge co-production can lead to transformative climate adaptation solutions, (2) advancing interdisciplinary research methods to improve decision-making, and (3) building resilience to climate hazards in Texas communities.

Prior to joining UT Austin, I spent several years working on climate mitigation and adaptation projects in both the public and private sector, including at the City of Austin and EY. I received my undergraduate degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University.

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AMS Graduate Fellowship - American Meteorological Society (2023 - 2024)

NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2014 - 2016)

HUCE Undergraduate Summer Research Grant - Harvard University Center for the Environment (2013 - 2013)