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Knowledge@Wharton: October 8, 2019

Host Dan Loney is joined by Phillip Williamson (Honorary Fellow, University of East Anglia) and Michael Oppenheimer (Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, Princeton University) on the Tuesday, October 8, 2019 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Phillip Williamson

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Phillip Williamson

Michael Oppenheimer

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Michael Oppenheimer

Featured Guests

Phillip Williamson

Honorary Fellow, University of East Anglia


Phil Williamson works for the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC, now part of UK Research and Innovation) as a programme Science Coordinator, based at the University of East Anglia. His main expertise is in global climate change – how it affects us and natural systems, and what we can do about it.

Phil’s knowledge is based on his involvement in the planning and implementation of multi-institute and multidisciplinary research initiatives since the mid-1980s, working for Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and NERC. Topics have included marine biogeochemistry, ocean-atmosphere interactions and climate geoengineering.

Recent activities have included national coordination of the UK Ocean Acidification research programme (co-funded by NERC and two government departments, Defra and DECC) and the Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry programme (co-funded by NERC and Defra). Phil has authored two reports on climate geoengineering for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and has also co-authored reports on ocean fertilization for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO), and on ocean acidification for OSPAR and the CBD. He has participated in several Conferences of Parties of the CBD and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Phil’s main current work is as Science Coordinator for the UK Greenhouse Gas Removal programme, co-funded by NERC, other Research Councils and the UK government (BEIS). He is also is a lead author for the Special Report on Ocean, Cryosphere and Climate for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published in September 2019.
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Michael Oppenheimer

Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, Princeton University


Michael Oppenheimer is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is also the Director of the Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. Oppenheimer is a long-time participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He served most recently as a coordinating lead author on IPCC’s Special Report on Oceans, Cryosphere and Climate Change, published in September 2019, and now serves as a Review Editor of its Sixth Assessment Report. Oppenheimer served previously as a member of several panels of the National Academy of Sciences as well as the National Academies’ Board on Energy and Environmental Studies.

Oppenheimer is coeditor-in-chief of the journal Climatic Change. He serves on the New York City Panel on Climate Change which provides technical advice to the Mayor’s office. He is also a science advisor to the Environmental Defense Fund. Oppenheimer is a Heinz Award winner and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His current research focuses on sea level rise, migration, and other impacts of climate change from the perspectives of science, adaptation, and risk.

He is the author of 200 articles published in professional journals and is co-author (with Robert H. Boyle) of a 1990 book, Dead Heat: The Race Against The Greenhouse Effect. He is also coauthor of the book Discerning Experts: The Practices of Scientific Assessment for Environmental Policy, published in 2019 by the University of Chicago Press.

Oppenheimer 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, where he served as chief scientist and manager of the Climate and Air Program. Earlier, he was an Atomic and Molecular Astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.


Twitter- @ClimateOpp
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