Fernando Garcia Menendez

Assistant Professor

Dr. Fernando Garcia Menendez uses computational modeling and data analysis to explore interdisciplinary questions related to air pollution, climate change, and environmental policy. His research group’s work focuses on developing tools based on numerical methods, uncertainty analysis, and integrated assessment modeling to simulate interactions between environmental and human systems. He is a member of the Environmental, Water Resources, and Coastal Engineering and Computing and Systems research cores within the department.

Dr. Garcia Menendez received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He completed his M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey. Prior to joining NC State, he was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Center for Global Change Science and Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Garcia Menendez has also spent time working in industry and environmental advocacy.

Education

Ph.D.

Environmental Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

M.S.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Stanford University

B.S.

Chemical Engineering

Tecnológico de Monterrey

Research Description

Dr. Garcia Menendez’s research interests include air quality, environmental policy, and high-performance computing. His research is focused on developing computational tools based on numerical methods, uncertainty analysis, and integrated assessment modeling to simulate interactions between environmental and human systems. Current research includes efforts to simulate the effect of forest fires on atmospheric chemistry, evaluate the impacts of climate change mitigation policies on air quality, and assess uncertainty in projections of health effects associated with air pollution.

Publications

Climate Model Response Uncertainty in Projections of Climate Change Impacts on Air Quality
, (2020). In Springer Proceedings in Complexity. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-22055-6_69
The Influence of Prescribed Fire on Fine Particulate Matter Pollution in the Southeastern United States
Afrin, S., & Garcia‐Menendez, F. (2020), Geophysical Research Letters, 47(15). https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL088988
Towards an improved understanding of greenhouse gas emissions and fluxes in tropical peatlands of Southeast Asia
, (2020). Sustainable Cities and Society. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2019.101881
African American Exposure to Prescribed Fire Smoke in Georgia, USA
Johnson Gaither, C., Afrin, S., Garcia-Menendez, F., Odman, M. T., Huang, R., Goodrick, S., & Ricardo da Silva, A. (2019), International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(17), 3079. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16173079
Effect of Health-Related Uncertainty and Natural Variability on Health Impacts and Cobenefits of Climate Policy
Saari, R. K., Mei, Y., Monier, E., & Garcia-Menendez, F. (2019), Environmental Science & Technology, 53(3), 1098–1108. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.8b05094
Natural Variability in Projections of Climate Change Impacts on Fine Particulate Matter Pollution
Pienkosz, B. D., Saari, R. K., Monier, E., & Garcia‐Menendez, F. (2019), Earth's Future, 7(7), 762–770. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019EF001195
Maximizing ozone signals among chemical, meteorological, and climatological variability
Brown-Steiner, B., Selin, N. E., Prinn, R. G., Monier, E., Tilmes, S., Emmons, L., & Garcia-Menendez, F. (2018), Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18(11), 8373–8388. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-8373-2018
Maximizing Ozone Signals Among Chemical, Meteorological, and Climatological Variability
Brown-Steiner, B., Selin, N. E., Prinn, R. G., Monier, E., Tilmes, S., Emmons, L., & Garcia-Menendez, F. (2017, November 28), Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, Vol. 11, pp. 1–38. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2017-954
Supplementary material to "Maximizing Ozone Signals Among Chemical, Meteorological, and Climatological Variability"
Brown-Steiner, B., Selin, N. E., Prinn, R. G., Monier, E., Tilmes, S., Emmons, L., & Garcia-Menendez, F. (2017, November 28). , (Vol. 11). Vol. 11. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2017-954-supplement
The role of natural variability in projections of climate change impacts on U.S. ozone pollution
Garcia-Menendez, F., Monier, E., & Selin, N. E. (2017), Geophysical Research Letters, 44(6), 2911–2921. https://doi.org/10.1002/2016gl071565

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Grants

Comparing the Costs of an Operational Prescribed Burning Program to those of Unplanned Wildfires
US Dept. of Interior (DOI)(1/01/20 - 2/28/21)
Optimal Use of Grid-Connected Energy Storage to Reduce Human Health Impacts
National Science Foundation (NSF)(11/15/19 - 10/31/22)
CAREER: A Modeling and Educational Framework to Support Air Quality Management in a Smoky Atmosphere
National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/15/18 - 1/31/24)
Quantifying Adverse Impacts of Smoke Exposure from the Fall of 2016 Southeast Wildfires on North Carolina Public Health
NCSU Center for Human Health and the Environment(7/01/17 - 6/30/18)
Southern Integrated Prescribed Fire Information System for Air Quality and Health Impacts
Joint Fire Science Program(10/01/16 - 6/30/19)