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Shahir Masri Environmental Scientist, Author, and Speaker
Shahir Masri is an environmental pollution scientist at the University of California, Irvine, where he works on air pollution exposure modeling and climate change communication research. He is author of the book, Beyond Debate: Answers to 50 Misconceptions on Climate Change and a contributing writer for The Hill. He co-founded the National Outreach Project "On The Road For Climate Action," which empowers everyday people to help solve the climate crisis through community outreach and education across all 50 states.
Dr. Masri earned his Doctor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and his Bachelor of Science degree from the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA.
He is acclaimed by Citizens' Climate Lobby founder Marshall Saunders, among prominent university scientists at MIT, UCLA, and elsewhere. Currently, he is involved in a study that is investigating exposure to harmful combustion-related air pollutants in the U.S. and China, as well as a project to quantify the health effects associated with mercury and fish consumption. In his prior work, he helped develop novel predictive models to estimate particulate matter (PM) exposure among U.S. military personnel deployed to Southwest Asia and Afghanistan. Several of his scientific works have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
While understanding the science of pollution is of immense importance, understanding the implications of such science to policy is of equal necessity. Further, the ability to translate complex science into meaningful language for policy makers and the public is invaluable. Dr. Masri's has the academic and professional training. His passion is an ongoing goal to educate and consult on matters of environmental contamination, climate change, human health, and related solutions. To this end, Dr. Masri actively teaches and writes on such topics. His writings have been published in The Hill, Thrive Global, the Johns Hopkins University Water Institute Magazine, Organics|Healthy Lifestyle, and elsewhere.