Seth Shonkoff is the executive director of the energy science and policy institute PSE Healthy Energy. Seth is also a visiting scholar in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley and an affiliate in the Environment Energy Technology Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley California.
An environmental and public health scientist by training, he has more than 15 years of experience in water, air, climate, and population health research. He has led or contributed to more than 35 publications and has given scores of talks and seminars on his work throughout the globe. He is a contributing author to the Human Health chapter of The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).
Shonkoff was also the lead author of the two human health chapters in the California Senate Bill 4 independent scientific study on hydraulic fracturing and well stimulation, published in July 2015, that continues to inform oil, gas, and environmental public health decision-making. Currently he is a lead on an independent scientific assessment of the public health dimensions of underground gas storage facilities in California.
He has worked and published on topics related to the intersection of energy, air pollution, water quality, climate, and human health from scientific and policy perspectives. Shonkoff completed his PhD in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and his MPH in epidemiology in the School of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.
He lives in California with his wife, Ariella Cook-Shonkoff '02, and his two vivacious and beautiful daughters.