Research Assistant Professor, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University

John Cook is a research assistant professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. He founded Skeptical Science, a website which won the 2011 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for the Advancement of Climate Change Knowledge and 2016 Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education. John co-authored the college textbooks Climate Change: Examining the Facts with Weber State University professor Daniel Bedford. He was also a coauthor of the textbook Climate Change Science: A Modern Synthesis and the book Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand. In 2013, he published a paper analysing the scientific consensus on climate change that has been highlighted by President Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron. In 2015, he developed a Massive Open Online Course at the University of Queensland on climate science denial, that has received over 25,000 enrollments.


  • 2011–present
    Adjunct Researcher, University of Queensland
  • 2011–present
    Climate Communication Research Fellow, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland
  • 2011–present
    Adjunct Lecturer, University of Western Australia


  • 1989 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Science Honours

Research Areas

  • Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (17)


2011 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Advancement of Climate Change Knowledge; 2016 Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education