Jonathan Moch is a Ph.D. candidate in Earth and Planetary Sciences with Harvard's Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Group, where he focuses on the interactions between climate and regional air pollution, with a particular emphasis on China as well as the policy and strategic implications of climate issues. Jonathan is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow as well as a contributor to the Harvard China Project. Prior to arriving at Harvard, Jonathan worked at the World Resources Institute (WRI) as the ChinaFAQs Project Specialist in WRI's Climate and Energy Program. In this role, he worked with a network of experts to translate and synthesize important scientific research and analyses about Chinese policies and actions on energy and climate change into materials that could be readily understood by policy makers and opinion leaders, including federal agencies and Congress. Prior to WRI, Jonathan worked at Princeton University as a Research Associate in the Department of Geosciences. His research, which grew out of his senior thesis, focused on refining the models used to predict the response of methane emissions from arctic permafrost to climate change.
Jonathan holds a S.M. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Harvard University and an A.B. with high honors from the Department of Geosciences and from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, with minors in Environmental Studies and Chinese Language and Culture. During his summers, Jonathan worked at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, studied Mandarin at Beijing Normal University, and in 2016 was a visiting researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Atmospheric Physics in Beijing. Jonathan was a four year member of the Princeton Varsity Fencing Team, and he enjoys traveling to new places, the outdoors, and watching movies.