I am a climate impact scientist with a special interest in human health and aquatic systems. In my research I have employed various quantitative modeling techniques to analyze empirical data.
Currently, I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Fellow at the Institute of Epidemiology (EPI) associated with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich.
The focus of my current research project is the ATTribution of heAt-related mortality and morbidity to recent Climate cHange (ATTACH).
Climate impacts on human health
My current research concerns climate impacts on human health. In particular, I am interested in effects of climate change on temperature-related mortality in Germany, Spain, and around the globe. Most recently, I have worked on including adaptation into projections of temperature-related mortality, and the attribution of heat-related mortality to recent climate change. In addition, I have been involved in studies projecting water-borne disease outcomes under different climate change trajectories.
Climate impacts on phytoplankton
Previously, I have investigated the effect of multiple anthropogenic influences on lake ecosystems. In particular, I have studied the effects of climatic change and nutrient enrichment on phytoplankton phenology in lakes of the temperate zone. I have also investigated the risk of increased toxic cyanobacterial blooms under global warming, with a special focus on heat wave impacts.
Adaptation to increasing heat exposure in Spanish cities
Huber, V., Peña Ortiz, C., Gallego Puyol, D., Lange, S. and Sera, F. (2022) Evidence of rapid adaptation integrated into projections of temperature-related excess mortality. Environ. Res. Lett. 17 044075 https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ac5dee
Temperature-related mortality in German cities
Huber, V., Krummenauer, L, Peña-Ortiz, C., Lange, S., Gasparrini, A., Vicedo-Cabrera, A.M., Garcia-Herrera, R., Frieler, K. (2020) Temperature-related excess mortality in German cities at 2°C and higher degrees of global warming. Environmental Research. doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.109447
Heat waves and harmful algal blooms
Huber, V., D. Gerten and R. Adrian (2012) To bloom or not to bloom: Contrasting responses of cyanobacteria to recent heat waves explained by critical thresholds of abiotic drivers. Oecologia 169(1): 245-256, (doi) 10.1007/s00442-011-2186-7
IN THE MEDIA
On climate change and heat-related mortality (in Spanish)
Tierra 7, Andalucia, Facua y Cambio Climático, September 29, 2021