Dr. Rachael Jonassen

Rachael Jonassen
Associate Research Professor, Sustainable Urban Planning Program
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • Climate change science
  • Computer simulation
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Greenhouse gas mitigation
  • Hydroclimatology
  • Pedagogy
  • Remote sensing
  • Science-policy interface
  • Statistical methods
  • Time series analysis

Rachael Jonassen (Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University, PMP) directs the Greenhouse Gas Management Online Certificate Program in the Environmental and Energy Management Institute at George Washington University.

Prior to joining GW, Rachael served as senior scientist for climate change, advising 29 federal and local government groups. She has also served as Program Director at the National Science Foundation where she managed research on the global carbon cycle and served as Professor of Hydroclimatology at Kent State University.

Current Research

Rachael studies and advises on climate change risk and currently resides in Jordan, researching climate-induced displacement and other climate change topics.


Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University; M.S. The Pennsylvania State University; B.A. Dickinson College


A total of 98 abstracts presented at professional venues, 68 published papers, 6 books edited/authored, 44 reports of funded research, 49 invited lectures, 140 professional talks delivered.

How to Contact Her

Dr. Jonassen currently resides in Jordan. She can be reached by email, phone +962-79-092-3269 or mailing address: Unit 6050 Box 204, DPO AE 09892-0204


  • Director’s Award of the National Science Foundation
  • Fellow of the Geological Society of America
  • Best Paper of the Year
  • Sigma Xi Honor Society
  • Fellowships (2 at NASA; 2 at Battelle; Desert Research Institute, Princeton University)
  • Multiple awards for teaching, volunteerism and environmentalism

Classes Taught

Rachael teaches PSUS 6221, The Scientific Basis of Climate Change Policy, and will offer a two-week study abroad of the Middle East refugee crisis and response in spring 2019.