Katharine Davis Reich

Associate Director, Strategic Planning and Communications

Center for Climate Science

7343 Mathematical Sciences
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Campus Mailcode: Box 951565


Katharine Davis Reich is an associate director of the UCLA Center for Climate Science, focusing on strategic planning and communications. She works closely with the Center’s scientists to communicate about the findings and implications of their work with the media, policymakers, and other nonscientist audiences. Katharine also facilitates communication between scientists and researchers in various disciplines to create multidisciplinary research collaborations.

Katharine’s path to science communication is an untraditional one. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wesleyan University, she spent ten years working in consumer health magazine and web journalism, where she translated medical research into health information for people with chronic diseases. Always interested in environmental science and increasingly concerned about climate change, Katharine sought to apply her communications skills to improving public understanding of climate science, earning a Master of Arts in Environmental Conservation Education from New York University in 2012. She joined Alex Hall’s research group and the Center for Climate Science in 2013.


ensuring the sustainability of los angeles water management under climate change

Ensuring the Sustainability of Los Angeles Water Management Under Climate Change

In Fall 2018, the UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science kicked off a new five-year project aimed at improving the sustainability of water management operations and planning in Los Angeles County. Our researchers will work closely with key water agencies to ensure that water resources managers take cutting-edge climate science into account.

los angeles regional climate assessment

Los Angeles Regional Climate Assessment

For more than a decade, the State of California has undertaken periodic scientific assessments with the goal of understanding future climate change impacts on the state. For the first three such assessments, released in 2006, 2009, and 2012, a portfolio of research projects investigated climate change impacts, and the assessment report described the results of...

the future of california drought, fire, and forest dieback

The Future of California Drought, Fire, and Forest Dieback

In this project, we at the Center for Climate Science are using climate, vegetation, and fire observations and models to answer critical questions for California's future: Under climate change, what will happen to forests? How will fire risk change? How will climate, forest, and fire changes interact with and exacerbate one another — and what can we do to prepare?

climate change in the los angeles region

Climate Change in the Los Angeles Region

The most comprehensive study of climate change in LA to date, the Climate Change in the Los Angeles Region Project was conducted by Center for Climate Science Faculty Director Alex Hall and his research group between 2010 and 2015. Dr. Hall and his team developed a novel method for bringing global climate model projections to high spatial resolution, creating neighborhood-by-neighborhood projections of future climate over the greater Los Angeles region under different scenarios of greenhouse gas emissions.