Michael Oppenheimer

Michael Oppenheimer

Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences, International Affairs and the Princeton Environmental Institute; Director of the Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment
Michael Oppenheimer

Michael Oppenheimer is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences, International Affairs, and the Princeton Environmental Institute, at Princeton University. He is also the Director of the Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment (C-PREE) at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. Oppenheimer, an atmospheric scientist, has an SB degree from MIT in chemistry and a PhD from the University of Chicago in chemical physics. He joined the Princeton faculty in 2002 after more than two decades with the Environmental Defense Fund, a non-governmental environmental organization, 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. Oppenheimer is a long-time participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He recently served as a Coordinating Lead Author on IPCC’s Special Report on Oceans, Cryosphere, and Climate Change and is currently a Review Editor on the Sixth Assessment Report. Oppenheimer is co-author of a 1990 book, Dead Heat: The Race Against The Greenhouse Effect, and co-author of the book Discerning Experts: The Practices of Scientific Assessment for Environmental Policy, published in 2019 by the University of Chicago Press. He is also co-editor of interdisciplinary scientific journal, Climatic Change. Oppenheimer serves as a science advisor to the Environmental Defense Fund and serves on the New York Panel on Climate Change, providing technical advice to the City. His research focuses on the natural science and policy aspects of climate change and its impacts.

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