Director, Science Advisory Committee Member
Patrick Gonzalez is a climate change scientist and forest ecologist. He is Executive Director of the University of California, Berkeley, Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity and an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. Previously, he served as Assistant Director for Climate and Biodiversity of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as Principal Climate Change Scientist of the U.S. National Park Service.
Dr. Gonzalez advances science-based action on human-caused climate change to protect nature and people, through research on climate change, ecosystems, wildfire, and carbon solutions and assistance to local people. He has conducted field research in Africa, Latin America, and the U.S., published in Science and other journals, and assisted local people and field managers in 25 countries and 269 U.S. national parks. He has stood publicly for scientific integrity and broadened public understanding of climate change in the New York Times and other media. Dr. Gonzalez has served as a lead author for four reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the science panel awarded a share of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Learn more about Dr. Gonzalez here.