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Jonathan Overpeck

Samual A. Graham Dean, and William B. Stapp Collegiate Professor of Environmental Education, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

My research interests focus on climate dynamics, paleoclimatology, climate modeling, climate variability, climate change, monsoon dynamics, ENSO dynamics, drought dynamics, sea level change, climate-vegetation-ecosystem dynamics, climate adaptation, natural resource management, stakeholder engagement, co-production of knowledge, climate change and law, environmental communication, and environmental education. I have written over 210 published works on climate and the environmental sciences, served as a Working Group 1 Coordinating Lead Author for the Nobel Prize winning IPCC 4th Assessment (2007), and also as a Working Group 2 Lead Author for the IPCC 5th Assessment (2014). Other awards include the US Dept. of Commerce Gold and Bronze Medals, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Walter Orr Roberts award of the American Meteorological Society, and the Quivira Coalition’s Radical Center Award for his work with rural ranchers and land managers. I have had climate research programs on five continents, focused on understanding drought and megadrought dynamics (and risk) the world over, and have also served as the lead investigator of Climate Assessment for the Southwest and the SW Climate Science Center – two major programs focused on regional climate adaptation. He has appeared and testified before Congress multiple times, is a Fellow of AGU and the American Association for the Advancement of Science


  • 2017–2018
    Dean and Collegiate Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan
  • 1999–2017
    Regents Professor, University of Arizona
  • 1991–1999
    Head, NOAA Paleoclimatology Program


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