Jonathan Overpeck is a founding co-director of the Institute of the Environment, as well as a Professor of Geosciences and a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona. He is a principal investigator for the Climate Assessment for the Southwest Project, as well as of the Southwest Climate Science Center. He has active research programs in North America, South America, Africa and monsoon Asia, most commonly focused on providing insights from Earth’s deep past on how key aspects of the climate system may change in the future.
Jonathan has published over 140 papers in climate and the environmental sciences, and recently served as a Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC Fourth Assessment (2007). He was honored with the Walter Orr Roberts Award of the American Meteorological Society for his interdisciplinary research. He has also served as a Guggenheim Fellow and won the Department of Commerce’s Bronze and Gold medals for his climate research. He is a Fellow of the AAAS.
Outside of Science: When not working, “Peck” can often be seen exploring southwestern deserts and mountains by foot, bike or skis with his two boys, Jackson and Eli.