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Professor, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, and Director, Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Rutgers University

Robert Kopp is Director of the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences and a Professor in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University. He also serves as co-director of Rutgers’ Coastal Climate Risk & Resilience (C2R2) initiative, which trains graduate students to work together across disciplines and with stakeholders to address coastal resilience challenges, and as a director of the Climate Impact Lab, a multi-institutional collaboration applying climate modeling, econometrics, and Big Data approaches to assess the economic risks of climate change.

Prof. Kopp's research focuses on past and future sea-level change, on the interactions between physical climate change and the economy, and on the use of climate risk information in decision making. He is a lead author of _Economic Risks of Climate Change: An American Prospectus_, the Fourth National Climate Assessment, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report. Prof. Kopp is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s James B. Macelwane and William Gilbert Medals and the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA)’s Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal.


  • 2017–present
    Professor, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Rutgers University
  • 2011–2017
    Associate Director, Rutgers Energy Institute, Rutgers University
  • 2014–2017
    Associate Professor, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Rutgers University
  • 2011–2014
    Assistant Professor, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Rutgers University
  • 2009–2011
    AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy
  • 2007–2009
    Science, Technology & Environmental Policy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Princeton University


  • 2007 
    California Institute of Technology, Ph.D.
  • 2002 
    University of Chicago, S.B.