Last updated on: 1/12/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Michael E. Mann, PhD Biography

Title:
Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Pennsylvania State University
Position:
Pro to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“We must reduce emissions by several percent per year and quickly transition away from fossil fuels…

It is not a question of whether we can make the necessary changes. Much of the technology already exists, and we have significant practical experience to draw upon. For example, California uses nearly 50 percent less electricity per capita as the U.S. average, has one of the most aggressive renewable energy standards in the country, and has set an economy-wide limit on its global warming pollution.”

Cowritten with Daniel Kammen, “The Gathering Storm,” blogs.berkely.edu, Sep. 19, 2014

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Distinguished Professor, Meteorology, joint appointment to Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, 2009-present
  • Guest Editor, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2009-present
  • Director, Earth System Science Center (ESSC), Pennsylvania State University, 2005-present
  • Member, editorial advisory board, The Holocene, 2005-present
  • Member, American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, European Geophysical Society, Geological Society of America, American Physical Society, and American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Reviewer, Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Geology, Climatic Change, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Climate, JGR-Oceans, JGR-Atmospheres, Paleoceanography, Climate Dynamics, Eos, International Journal of Climatology, and Water Resources Research
  • Associate Professor, Department of Meteorology and the Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, 2005-2009
  • Named one of 50 leading visionaries in science and technology, Scientific American, 2002
  • Assistant Professor, University of Virginia, Department of Environmental Sciences, 1999-2005
  • Research Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Department of Geosciences, 1998-1999
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Department of Geosciences, 1997-1998
  • Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Fellow (DOE), 1996-1998
Education:
  • PhD, Geology & Geophysics, Yale University, 1998
  • MPhil, Department of Geology & Geophysics, Yale University, 1993
  • MPhil, Department of Physics, Yale University, 1991
  • MS, Department of Physics, Yale University, 1991
  • AB, Applied Mathematics and Physics, University of California at Berkeley, 1989
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @MichaelEMann

    Selection of Awards:

  • Named to Economia Magazine‘s list of 50 Leading Finance Leaders, Influencers and Innovators, 2014
  • Named to Bloomberg News’ list of 50 Most Influential People, 2013
  • Recipient, Hans Oeschger Medal, European Geosciences Union, 2012
  • Recipient, Josiah Willard Gibbs Prize for outstanding research and scholarship in Physics, Yale University, 1989
Quoted in:
  1. Should the United States Authorize the Keystone XL Pipeline to Import Tar Sand Oil from Canada?