Profile: Paul Beggs

Dr. Paul Beggs, Senior Lecturer, Department of Physical Geography, Division of Environmental and Life Sciences, Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia. Paul’s main research/ teaching interests are in the field of environmental health. His recent work is focused on the impacts of climate change on human health. His is also President-Elect of the International Society of Biometeorology.

Paul Beggs was born in Sydney, Australia. His degrees in higher education include BSc in Biology and Microclimatology (Honours), and a PhD in Geography at Macquarie University. His PhD research on asthma in children from three Sydney localities sparked his interest in health studies. Paul is affiliated with the Atmospheric Science group in the Department of Physical Geography at Macquarie. He teaches at all undergraduate levels and supervises honours and postgraduate students. He is currently studying human medications and respiratory diseases within the paradigms of climate modelling and environmental epidemiology.

Paul has a growing list of publications in the areas of geography, public and environmental health and biometeorology. Two of his recent best papers are: with HJ Bambrick, Is the global rise of asthma an early impact of anthropogenic climate change? ( Environmental Health Perspectives, 2005) and Impacts of climate change on aeroallergens: past and future, ( Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 2004). He is also a contributing author of the Human Health chapter of Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnverabilty, which is the contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (see http://www.ipcc.ch/ ). He hopes to continue researching the impacts of climate change on allergens and allergic diseases, such as asthma.

Paul may be contacted at paul.beggs@nullmq.edu.au, and his home page is found at http:www.es.mq.edu.au/physgeog/staff/pb/index.htm .

Updated: June 2008