Michael Oppenheimer

Michael Oppenheimer is Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is the Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. He joined the Princeton faculty in 2002 after more than two decades with the Environmental Defense Fund, where he served as chief scientist and manager of the Climate and Air Program. Previously, he held the position of Atomic and Molecular Astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Michael’s research focuses on the natural science and policy aspects of climate change and its impacts, especially sea level rise and its causes and consequences. He is co-editor of the journal Climatic Change and editor of the journal’s Letters section. He is a long-time participant in the IPCC, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He was a coordinating lead author on IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report and was on the Core Writing Team for the Fifth Assessment’s Synthesis Report.

He is a coordinating lead author on IPCC’s Special Report on Oceans, Cryosphere, and Climate Change and Review Editor on IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report.

Michael serves on the New York City Panel on Climate Change which advises the Mayor’s Office on climate adaptation and also serves as a science advisor to the Environmental Defense Fund. He holds an SB degree from MIT in Chemistry and a PhD from the University of Chicago in chemical physics.