Loring Thomas

Postdoctoral Research Associate
223 Robertson Hall

Loring is a mathematical sociologist who focuses on the relationship between climate change and migration. Loring’s work aims to understand how geography and changes in local environments lead to different outcomes for communities across the globe. Specifically, Loring is interested in the ways in which climate change affects subsistence communities, and how communities utilize migration as a response to climate change. Loring is working as a postdoctoral associate with Dr. Michael Oppenheimer and Dr. Filiz Garip on research that aims to better understand and characterize the climate change and migration link.

Loring holds a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine, and was advised by Dr. Carter T. Butts. At UCI, Loring’s work focused on the relationship between heterogeneity in population distributions and COVID-19 outcomes early in the pandemic. Loring’s work highlighted the importance of understanding spatial patterns in where people live and work when examining outcomes during the pandemic. Loring also developed novel statistical techniques to model dynamic social networks in demographic exchange with their environments.

Loring also holds a M.A. in Social Science from the University of California, Irvine, where he studied Demography.