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H. Damon Matthews

Professor and Climate Scientist, Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, Concordia University

Dr. Damon Matthews is Professor and 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, Dr. Matthews held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary, and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Carnegie Institution at Stanford. 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 has published more than 120 research papers on topics such as the climate response to cumulative carbon emissions, estimating allowable emissions for climate targets, and exploring equitable ways of sharing the global emissions quota. Dr. Matthews is a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada, serves as Science Director of Sustainability in the Digital Age, and was a contributing author and Review Editor for the most recent Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


  • 2007–present
    Professor, Concordia University


  • 2004 
    University of Victoria, Canada, PhD in Earth and Ocean Sciences


Royal Society of Canada: College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists