I am a climate impacts 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.
Climate impacts on human health
My most recent research interest concerns climate impacts on human health. In particular, I have worked on temperature-related mortality and its representation in integrated assessment models. Moreover, I am interested in the consequences of climate change for the prevalence of water-borne diseases.
Climate impacts on phytoplankton
I have also worked on 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.
Damage functions of temperature-related mortality
Huber, V., D., Ibarreta and K. Frieler (2017) Cold and Heat Related Mortality: A Cautionary Note on Current Damage Functions with Net Benefits from Climate Change. Climatic Change, doi: 10.1007/s10584-017-1956-6
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
A popular science publication on global sustainability
Schellnhuber, H. J., M. Molina, N. Stern, V. Huber and S. Kadner (eds.) Global Sustainability – A Nobel Cause. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, USA,ISBN-13: 9780521769341, pp. 392, 2010