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Michael E. Mann, PhD Biography

Professor in the Departments of Meteorology and Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University
Pro to the question "Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?"

“[T]he scientific case for human-caused climate change is clear. The evidence includes independent assessments of thermometer records documenting the degree and extent of modern warming. It includes the unprecedented melting of glaciers and, as documented in more recent years, the diminution of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheet. As a consequence of melting ice and warming oceans, the global sea level is rising and at an accelerating rate. Continental drought is becoming more pronounced in many extratropical regions, such as the deserts of the U.S. Southwest, and there is an increase in the destructive potential of Atlantic hurricanes that influence the east and Gulf coasts. Theoretical climate models predict these things to happen, but only when human influences – in particular, increasing greenhouse gas concentrations due to fossil fuel burning—are included.

Those same models project far more profound and potentially damaging impacts of climate change if action is not taken to stabilize greenhouse gas levels this next decade…

Sadly, some who are opposed to taking action to combat the potential threat have engaged in a smear campaign that appears intended to distract the public and policymakers from the reality of the threat as policymakers begin to consider taking more serious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

“Science Supports Climate Change Claims – A Letter from Michael Mann,”, Feb. 10, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Pennsylvania State University, Department of Meteorology, 2009-present
  • Guest Editor, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2009-present
  • Director, Earth System Science Center (ESSC), Pennsylvania State University, 2005-present
  • Member, editorial advisory board, The Holocene, 2005-present
  • Member: American Meteorological Society; American Geophysical Union; European Geophysical Society; Geological Society of America; American Physical Society; American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Reviewer: Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Geology, Climatic Change, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Climate, JGR-Oceans, JGR-Atmospheres, Paleoceanography, Climate Dynamics, Eos, International Journal of Climatology, and Water Resources Research
  • Associate Professor, Department of Meteorology and the Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, 2005-2009
  • Named one of 50 leading visionaries in science and technology, Scientific American, 2002
  • Assistant Professor, University of Virginia, Department of Environmental Sciences, 1999-2005
  • Research Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Department of Geosciences, 1998-1999
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Department of Geosciences, 1997-1998
  • Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Fellow (DOE), 1996-1998
  • PhD, Geology & Geophysics, Yale University, 1998
  • M.Phil., Department of Geology & Geophysics, Yale University, 1993
  • M.Phil., Department of Physics, Yale University, 1991
  • MS, Department of Physics, Yale University, 1991
  • AB, Applied Mathematics and Physics, University of California at Berkeley, 1989
  • Co-awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for involvement in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
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