Dr. Mika Tosca

I’m a scientist.

I’m trans.

I’m optimistic.


contact me: mtosca1@saic.edu.


Who am I?

I'm a climate scientist, a humanist, an activist. I teach full-time at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and am an affiliate climate researcher at JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) in southern California. My research works on exploring the intersection of human activities and climate change and has brought me to Africa and back.

I am also an out and proud transgender scientist (she/her pronouns).

I earned my Ph.D. in Earth System Science at University of California, Irvine, in the Earth System Science Department. My advisors were Drs. Jim Randerson and Charlie Zender. My doctoral thesis was titled: "Fire and Smoke in the Earth System: Evaluating the impact of fire aerosols on regional and global climate"

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What do I do?


I was invited to speak to the Luxury Connect real estate conference in Beverly Hills, CA about the intersection of climate change and real estate markets.

I was featured on ABC7 news in Los Angeles talking about our recent study on the correlation between air pollution and global warming!

My work was featured as a NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day

Listen to my work featured on "Science in Action" on the BBC World Service: my interview begins at 21:30.

Check out a non-academic popular science article I wrote about my work for a cool website called The Conversation.


“Thinking about “nature”, and our relationship to it, forces us to consider what constitutes the boundary between natural and unnatural. These (re?)definitions may ultimately elucidate a clearer way forward for humanity as we consider how to address the climate crisis.”