Edward Wile Maibach is a Distinguished University Professor at George Mason University, and the Director of Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication. Ed’s research currently focuses on public understanding of – and engagement in – climate change, including its risks and mitigation and adaptation options.
Since 2008, Ed has served as Co-Principal Investigator (with Anthony Leiserowitz and Connie Roser-Renouf) of the Yale/George Mason University Climate Change in the American Mind audience research project, which tracks public opinion about climate change, including the Global Warming’s Six Americas audience segments. Since 2009, with two major grants from the National Science Foundation, Ed has partnered with the American Meteorological Society, National Weather Association, NOAA, NASA and Climate Central to study, educate, and conduct pilot projects with America’s TV meteorologists.
Before focusing on climate change, Ed worked in the field of public health as both an academic and a practitioner. He earned his PhD in communication science at Stanford University (1990), his MPH at San Diego State University (1983), and his BA in psychology from University of California at San Diego (1980). He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in journals including Science, Nature Climate Change, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, PLoS ONE, American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, and Communication Research.
Outside of Science: Ed enjoys running, reading, and ruminating.