Dennis P. Lettenmaier
University of Washington
Dr. Dennis P. Lettenmaier is the Robert and Irene Sylvester Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Washington. Dr. Lettenmaier's interests include hydroclimatology, surface water hydrology, and hydrologic aspects of remote sensing. He was a recipient of ASCE's Huber Research Prize in 1990, the American Geophysical Union Hydrology Section Award in 2000, is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is the author of over 200 journal articles. He is the past Chief Editor of the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Hydrometeorology, and is President-Elect of the American Geophysical Union Hydrology Section. Dr. Lettenmaier is a member of the NRC Committee on Hydrologic Science, and has served on other NRC committees and panels including the Committee on the National Ecological Observatory Network (2003-2004), the Committee for Earth Science and Applications from Space: A Community Assessment and Strategy for the Future (2005-2007), and the Committee on Scientific Bases of Colorado River Basin Water Management (2006-2007). Dr. Lettenmaier received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (1975) from the University of Washington.
Dr. David Lobell is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University in Environmental Earth System Science, and a Center Fellow in Stanford’s Program on Food Security and the Environment. His research focuses on identifying opportunities to raise crop yields in major agricultural regions, with a particular emphasis on adaptation to climate change. His current projects span Africa, South Asia, Mexico, and the United States, and involve a range of tools including remote sensing, GIS, and crop and climate models. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Lobell was a Senior Research Scholar at FSE from 2008-2009 and a Lawrence Post-doctoral Fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 2005-2007. He received a PhD in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University in 2005, and a Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude from Brown University in 2000.
Dr. Damon Matthews is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography Planning and Environment at Concordia University. He obtained a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from Simon Fraser University in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Earth and Ocean Sciences from the University of Victoria in 2004. Prior to joining Concordia University in January 2007, he held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary, and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Carnegie Institution at Stanford. Dr. Matthews currently teaches courses on the climate system, climate change and environmental modelling in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University. His research is aimed at better understanding the many possible interactions between human activities, natural ecosystems and future climate change, and contributing to the scientific knowledge base required to promote the development of sound national and international climate policy. Dr. Matthews holds several current research grants for projects to investigate the uncertainties associated with current terrestrial carbon sinks in the context of expected future climate changes. He has published a number of research papers in the area of global climate modelling, with particular emphasis on human land-use change and the role of the global carbon cycle in the climate system. In addition, Dr. Matthews is a contributing author to the recent Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was recognized with the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Raymond T. Pierrehumbert
The University of Chicago
Dr. Raymond T. Pierrehumbert is the Louis Block Professor in Geophysical Sciences and The College at the University of Chicago, having earlier served on the atmospheric science faculties of MIT and Princeton. As director of the Climate Systems Center, he has worked at bringing modern software design techniques to the problem of climate simulation. He has also collaborated with David Archer on the University of Chicago's global warming curriculum. He was a lead author of the IPCC Third Assessment Report, and a co-author of the National Research Council study on abrupt climate change. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and in recognition of his work on climate he has been named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the Republic off France. Dr. Pierrehumbert is writing a book on comparative planetary climate, "Principles of Planetary Climate," to be published by Cambridge University Press. He received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Marilyn Raphael is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include, The Santa Ana Winds of California, Global Climate Change and Variability, Climate Modeling, Atmospheric Circulation Dynamics, Southern Hemisphere Atmospheric Circulation and Climate, and Antarctic Sea Ice Variability. Dr. Raphael received her Ph.D. in Geography from The Ohio State University.
Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.
Dr. Richard Richels is Senior Technical Executive for global climate change research at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Washington, DC. His current research focus is the economics of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, development and application of integrated assessment models for informing climate change policymaking, and the incorporation of uncertainty into climate-related decision making. Dr. Richels has served on a number of national and international advisory panels, including committees of the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Research Council. Dr. Richels has served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Second, Third and Fourth Scientific Assessments, contributing to chapters on mitigation, adaptation and integrated assessment. He also served on the Synthesis Team for the US National Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on the United States, was a lead author for the US Climate Change Science Program Study on Future Emissions and Atmospheric Concentrations and served on the Scientific Steering Committee for the US Carbon Cycle Program. He currently serves on the National Research Council’s Climate Research Committee; the Advisory Committee for Carnegie-Mellon University's Center for Integrated Study of the Human Dimensions of Global Change; and the US Government’s Climate Change Science Program Product Development Advisory Committee. In 2007, he received an Appreciation Award from the US Department of Energy’s Under Secretary of Science recognizing his contributions to the US Climate Science Program and was awarded the Electric Power Research Institute’s Life Time Achievement Award. Dr. Richels received a B.S. degree in Physics from the College of William and Mary in 1968. He was awarded an M.S. degree in 1973 and Ph.D. degree in 1976 from Harvard University's Division of Applied Sciences where he concentrated in Decision Sciences. While at Harvard he was a member of the Energy and Environmental Policy Center. He was coauthor of Buying Greenhouse Insurance (MIT Press) with Alan Manne. He has published numerous papers related to integrated assessment modeling and the economics of climate change policy making.
Terry L. Root
Dr. Terry L. Root is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Environmental Science and Policy in the Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Dr. Root's work focuses on large-scale ecological questions investigating factors shaping the ranges and abundances of animals, primarily birds. Her small-scale studies have focused on possible mechanisms, such as physiological constraints, that may be helping to generate the observed large-scale patterns. Her work demonstrated that climate and/or vegetation are important factors shaping the ranges and abundances of birds and may help forecast the possible consequences of global warming on animal communities. In 1990, she received the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation and in 1992 was selected as a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment and Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow in 1999. She received her Bachelors degree in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New Mexico, her Masters degree in Biology at the University of Colorado in 1982, and her Ph.D. in Biology from Princeton University in 1987. She has served on the National Research Council Committee on Environmental Indicators.
University of Colorado at Boulder
Dr. Konrad Steffen is a professor at the Cooperative Institute for Environmental Research/University of Colorado at Boulder, teaching climatology and remote sensing since 1990. His research involves the study of processes related to climate variability and change, cryospheric interaction in Polar Regions, and sea-level rise based on in-situ measurements, satellite observations, and model approximations. He has lead field expeditions to the Greenland ice sheet and other Arctic regions for thirty-three consecutive years to measure the dynamic response of the ice masses under a warming climate. He is also the Director of the University of Colorado's Cooperative Institute for Environmental Research (CIRES), the largest research unit on the University of Colorado, Boulder campus. He earned his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich in 1983.
Dr. Claudia Tebaldi obtained her Ph.D. in Statistics from Duke University in 1997 and was a postdoc and then a project scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research between 1997 and 2007. From January 2008 she became a research scientist for Climate Central, headquartered in Princeton, NJ, but still working from NCAR. From September 2009 she will continue to work for Climate Central and take up a part time appointment in the Dept. of Statistics at UBC, Vancouver, CA. Her research focuses on the analysis and statistical characterization of climate change projections and their uncertainty, as derived from climate models, especially at the regional scale. She is a contributing author of IPCC AR4, for Chapter 10, Global Climate Projections, and Chapter 11, Regional Climate Projections, by Working Group I and Chapter 2, New Assessment Methods and the Characterization of Future Conditions, by Working Group II.
Gary W. Yohe
Dr. Gary W. Yohe is the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics at Wesleyan University; he has been on the faculty at Wesleyan for more than 30 years. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, and received his PhD in Economics from Yale University in 1975. Most of his work has focused attention on the mitigation and adaptation/impacts sides of the climate issue. He is a senior member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Involved with the Panel since the mid 1990’s, he served as a Lead Author for four different chapters in the Third Assessment Report that was published in 2001 and as Convening Lead Author for the last chapter of the contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report. It that Assessment, he also worked with the Core Writing Team to prepare the overall Synthesis Report. Dr. Yohe is also a member of the New York City Panel on Climate Change and the standing Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change of the National Academy of Sciences. He has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the “Hidden (climate change) Cost of Oil” on March 30, 2006, the Senate Energy Committee on the Stern Review on February 14, 2007, and the Senate Banking Committee on “Material Risk from Climate Change and Climate Policy” on October 31, 2007. In addition to accepting an invitation to join the Adaptation Subcommittee of the Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change (CT), he is serving on the Adaptation Panel of the National Academy of Sciences’ initiative on America’s Climate Choices.