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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Knowledge@Wharton: October 8, 2019 Episode Featured ImageKnowledge@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.

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