Graduate Student Sustainability College of Global Futures
Zachary Van Tol is a Sustainability Ph.D. student in the College of Global Futures. Zach is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research explores how access to space impacts climate-risk among vulnerable communities. Specifically, he is interested in understanding how historical and contemporary policies alter climate exposures for those who find themselves unsheltered.
Before attending Arizona State University, Zach graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Meteorology and Geography. Despite his short time in Tempe, Zach is already an active community member—including serving as the Chief of Staff for the President of the Graduate and Professional Student Association.
When he is not involved with campus life or research, Zach enjoys spending time trail running, creative writing, or reading novels.
I am a part of the SHaDE Lab, an urban climate research group directed by Dr. Ariane Middel in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering (AME) and the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering (CIDSE). As a research assistant, I explore how urban heat is experienced by humans through the use of biometeorological instrumentation and modeled simulations.
Van Tol Z. and Ellis A.W. (2023). “Analysis of Urban Heat island intensity through air mass persistence: A case study of four United States cities” In: UrbanClimate.
Ramseyer C.A., Stanfield T.J., Van Tol Z., Gingrich T., Henry P., Forister P., Lamkin B.F., Stackhouse S., and Samrin S.S. (2022). “Identifying Eastern U.S. Atmospheric River Types and Evaluating Historical Trends” In: Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres.