Jonathan Overpeck is the Samuel A. Graham Dean, William B. Stapp Collegiate Professor of Environmental Education and Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability. 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. He frequently works at the intersection of science and policy.
“Peck” has published over 200 papers in climate and the environmental sciences, and served as a Coordinating Lead Author for the for the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment (2007). He was also the lead author of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Working Group 2 chapter on terrestrial and inland water systems and the Working Group 2 Summary for Policymakers (2014). In 2009, he was the co-founding Director the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona and became sole director in 2016.
He has been honored with the Walter Orr Roberts Award of the American Meteorological Society for his interdisciplinary research, 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 American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Outside of Science: When not working, Peck can often be found exploring the natural world by foot, bike, or skis with his two boys, Jackson and Eli.