Jonathan Overpeck, or "Peck" as he prefers to be called, is director of the Institute of the Environment, as well the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Professor of Science and a Regents' Professor of Geosciences, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences. He received his BA from Hamilton College and earned his MSc and PhD from Brown University.
Peck has published more than 200 works in climate and the environmental sciences and served as a coordinating lead author for the Nobel Prize-winning UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment (2007); he was also a lead author of the IPCC Working Group 2 Chapter on Terrestrial and Freshwater Systems (2014). He has been awarded the U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze and Gold Medals and the Walter Orr Roberts award of the American Meteorological Society for his interdisciplinary research. In addition, Peck was a Guggenheim Fellow and the 2005 American Geophysical Union Bjerknes Lecturer and won, with co-authors, the 2008 NOAA Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Outstanding Scientific Paper Award. He received the Quivira Coalition’s Radical Center Award in 2013 for his work with rural ranchers and land managers and was also a recent fellow of the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research at the University of Melbourne, Australia.