Institute at Brown for Environment and Society


IBES Leadership develops and implements the Institute’s ongoing research initiatives and educational programs, and provides intellectual guidance for its multidisciplinary community of affiliated scholars and students.

  • Kim Cobb

    Kim Cobb

    Lawrence and Barbara Margolis Director of IBES, Professor of Environment and Society & Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences
    Research Interests Tropical Pacific climate, Coral reefs, Global water cycle, Climate data-model intercomparison, Coastal climate resilience, Urban heat islands
  • Scott Frickel

    Scott Frickel

    Director of Research - IBES, Professor of Environment and Society & Sociology
    Research Interests Environment-society interactions, Experts and knowledge/ignorance, Social movements, Social theory, Risk and disaster, Urbanization
  • Daniel Ibarra

    Daniel Ibarra

    Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - IBES, Manning Assistant Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences & Environment and Society
    Research Interests Water cycle, Paleoclimate, Carbon cycle, Isotope geochemistry, Modeling, Climate change, Critical Zone, Weathering
  • James Kellner

    James Kellner

    Director of Early Career Development and Training - IBES, Associate Professor of Environment and Society & Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
    Research Interests Structure and dynamics of tropical forests, Remote sensing
  • Dawn King

    Dawn King

    Director of Undergraduate Studies, Senior Lecturer in Environment and Society
    Research Interests Local food policy and politics, US energy policy and politics, Climate change and agriculture