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Kirsten Zickfeld

Distinguished Professor of Climate Science, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Kirsten Zickfeld is a Distinguished Professor of Climate Science in the Geography Department at Simon Fraser University, which she joined in 2010. She holds a PhD in physics (2004) from the University of Potsdam in Germany.

Dr. Zickfeld’s primary research interests are in the long-term effects of human activities on climate. She has published extensively in the research literature on topics such as the irreversibility of human-induced climate change, the climate effects of carbon dioxide removal, and carbon budgets consistent with climate targets.

Dr. Zickfeld served as Lead Author for the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the IPCC Special Report on the Global Warming of 1.5 degrees. She also serves on the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Carbon Project.


  • –present
    Professor, Simon Fraser University


  • 2004 
    University of Potsdam, PhD, Physics