University of California, Riverside


Francesca Hopkins Assistant Professor of Climate Change and Sustainability

Topics: Climate Change
Carbon Dioxide
Greenhouse gases

Preferred Media: Print, Radio, Video

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Contact Card

Tel: (951) 827-4781

Media Contact: John Warren


Academic Degrees:

  • Ph.D., Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine, 2013
  • B.A., Environmental Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, 2005
  • B.A., Spanish, University of California, Berkeley, 2005

Selected Awards and Honors:

  • UC Irvine Top 50 Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholar Alumni, 2016
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow, 2014
  • UC Irvine Dept. of Earth System Science Ralph and Carol Cicerone Fellow, 2010
  • ARCS Foundation Scholar, 2009
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 2007
  • UC Berkeley Departmental Citation in Environmental Sciences, 2005

Hopkins is leading a chapter of a state report about climate change in the Inland/Desert areas of Southern California (4th California Climate Assessment),

On Climate Change

Hopkins is an expert on climate change, drivers of climate change, and the impacts and mitigation of climate change in Inland Southern California.

On Carbon Dioxide

Hopkins can speak on sources of carbon dioxide, the spatial and temporal patterns of carbon dioxide emissions, carbon dioxide production from the land surface and how that will change with the climate.

On Methane

Hopkins can speak on sources of methane, especially in California and the Los Angeles region, and the mapping and inventory of methane emissions.

On Greenhouse gases

Hopkins can speak to sustainability and is available to discuss the major sources of greenhouse gases (and how to account for them), how to measure greenhouse gases and the importance of different greenhouse gases in terms of climate change.