I am Robbie Parks, a PhD student looking into how climate change and extreme weather may be influencing the trends in mortality rates from year to year. AMA.
I’m a PhD student at the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health, Imperial College London (ICL), UK. I’m the first author of a recent study in eLife, which showed that young men in the US are more likely to die in summer, while older people are more at risk in winter regardless of the regional climate, which may have implications for climate change and future health. Ask me anything!
I’m interested in examining how climate change and extreme weather may be influencing the patterns and trends in mortality rates from year to year. My research includes building mathematical models both to analyse past trends of seasonality of human mortality and to forecast possible futures for climate change risk assessment. I work jointly with Professor Majid Ezzati at the School of Public Health and Professor Ralf Toumi in the Space and Atmospheric Physics group, both at ICL.
Our recent work involved analysing US death rates over a 37-year period. Our study, published in eLife last month, identified several distinct seasonal patterns relating to age, sex and disease, including higher summer deaths in young men. We also showed that this seasonality is similar across diverse climates with substantially different temperatures. We hope this work will help inform public health strategies to reduce deaths now and in the future. I’ll be here to discuss these findings and answer questions about our research more broadly. You can read the full eLife paper here, and use the annotation tool to make notes and discuss the work further. A plain-language summary is also available here. AMA!
You can also connect with me on Twitter: @rmiparks