Camille Parmesan is a professor in Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin and holds the National Marine Aquarium Chair in the Public Understanding of Oceans and Human Health at University of Plymouth, UK. Her work focuses on the current impacts of climate change on wildlife, from field studies of American and European butterflies to synthetic analyses of global impacts on a broad range of species on land and in the oceans.
She has participated in U.S. and international assessments of climate change impacts and provided formal testimonies for the U.S. House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, and the Texas Senate Natural Resources Committee. Camille has served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which in 2007 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Camille works actively with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as well as other governmental agencies to help develop conservation assessment and planning tools aimed at preserving biodiversity in the face of climate change. For these efforts she has received multiple awards from conservation groups, such as the National Wildlife Federation, as well as from international environmental agencies, such as UNEP. She received her Ph.D. in Zoology from University of Texas.
Outside of Science: Camille is an amateur auto-mechanic by necessity of doing field work in the middle of nowhere with her loyal, 25-year old Suburu named Mogie.