Kelley De Polt

Doctoral Researcher
Department Biogeochemical Integration (BGI)
Research group Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate Interactions
Intern. Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC)
+49 3641 57-6291

Main Focus

Multi-hazard Climate Events

Hydro-meteorological Extremes & Impacts

Curriculum Vitae


Sewell, K., Paul, S., De Polt, K., Sugg, M.M., Leeper, R.D., Rao, D., & Runkle, J. D. (2024). Impacts of compounding drought and heatwave events on child mental health: insights from a spatial clustering analysis. Discov. Ment. Health 4(1). (

Bogdanovich, E., Brenning, A., Reichstein, M., De Polt, K., Guenther, L., Frank, D., & Orth, R. (2024). Official heat warnings miss situations with a detectable societal heat response in European countries. Int. J. Disaster. Risk Re., 100, 104206. (

De Polt, K., Ward, P.J., de Ruiter, M., Bogdanovich, E., Reichstein, M., Frank, D., & Orth, R. (2023). Quantifying impact-relevant heatwave durations. Environ. Res. Lett. 18. 104005. (

Curtis, S., De Polt, K., Kruse, J., Mukherji, A., Helgeson, J., Ghosh, A., & Van Wagoner, P. (2021). Spatially Compounded Surge Events: An Example from Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. Nat. Hazards and Earth Syst. Sci., 21(6), 1759-1767. (

Chappell, T., Ward, R., De Polt, K., Roberts, P., Greene, J., & Kennedy, G. (2020). Thrips Infestation Predictor: A practical tool for predicting tobacco thrips (Frankliniella fusca) infestation of cotton seedlings in the southeastern United States. Pest Manag. Sci., 76(12), 4018-4028. (

Kunkel, K.E., Easterling, D.R., Ballinger, A., Bililign, S., Champion, S.M., Corbett, D.R., Dello, K.D., Dissen, J., Lackmann, G.M., Luettich Jr., R.A., Perry, L.B., Robinson, W.A., Stevens, L.E., Stewart, B.C., & Terando, A.J. (2020). North Carolina Climate Science Report. North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies. (

  • Served as technical contributor

Academic background

  • Since 01/2022 – Ph.D. Student. Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany.
  • 01/2020 - 12/2021 – M.Sc. Geography. East Carolina University, North Carolina, USA.
    • 05/2021 - 12/2021 – Graduate Research Assistant. North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies, North Carolina, USA.
  • 08/2015 - 12/2019 – B.Sc. Meteorology. North Carolina State University, North Carolina, USA.
    • 05/2016 - 12/2019 – Undergraduate Research Assistant. State Climate Office of North Carolina, North Carolina, USA.
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