Kathryn Grace is in the news for a recent study published in Global Environmental Change.  Kathryn and her research team examined the relationship among precipitation, temperature and birth weight in 19 African countries with the goal of understanding how climate change affects birth weight in the developing world.  The findings show that a pregnant woman’s exposure to reduced precipitation and an increased number of very hot days indeed results in lower birth weight.  “Our findings demonstrate that in the very early stages of intra-uterine development, climate change has the potential to significantly impact birth outcomes. While the severity of that impact depends on where the pregnant woman lives, in this case the developing world, we can see the potential for similar outcomes everywhere,” said Grace.