You are here

Affiliation: 
University of Arizona
Title: 
Director
Department: 
Department of Geosciences
Expertise: 
paleoclimatology, paleoecology

Biography

Jonathan Overpeck's specialty areas are: a) climate dynamics, including paleoclimatology; b) climate and ecosystem interaction; and c) climate assessment and decision-support. Overpeck is the Director of the Institute for the Study of Planet Earth (ISPE) at the University of Arizona, where he is also a Professor of Geosciences and a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences. He has a Ph.D. from Brown University. Overpeck has written over 100 publications on climate and ecosystem variability, and was founding co-chair of both international and U.S. CLIVAR-PAGES working groups. He is the Chair of the NSF Arctic System Science Committee, and a member of the NOAA Climate Working Group. Overpeck has been awarded the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal, as well as the Walter Orr Roberts award of the American Meteorological Society for his interdisciplinary research. He is also a Coordinating Lead Author for the on-going Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment. Most recently, Overpeck was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to investigate paleoenvironmental perspectives on the future.