Michael E. Mann
Director, Earth System Science Center
Pennsylvania State University



Dr. Michael Mann is a member of the Penn State University faculty, holding joint positions in the Departments of Meteorology and Geosciences, and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI).  He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC). Previously, Dr. Mann held faculty positions in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, and in our very own Department of Environmental Sciences at UVA.

Dr. Mann received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University. His research involves the use of theoretical models and observational data to better understand Earth's climate system.

Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001, and was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003.  He has received a number of honors and awards, including NOAA's outstanding publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002.  He shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the other IPCC authors in 2007.  He was awarded the 2012 Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union.

Dr. Mann is author of more than 140 peer-reviewed and edited publications and has published two books, including Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming (2008) and The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, due out in early 2012.  He is also a co-founder and avid contributor to the award-winning science website RealClimate.org. Dr. Mann recently gave a TED talk on climate science, which you can watch here:




Keynote Address

January 17th @ 1:45 PM, 108 Clark Hall

Title: "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From The Front Lines"

A central figure in the controversy over human-caused climate change has been “The Hockey Stick,” a simple, easy-to-understand graph my colleagues and I constructed to depict changes in Earth’s temperature back to 1000 AD. The graph was featured in the high-profile “Summary for Policy Makers” of the 2001 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and it quickly became an icon in the debate over human-caused (“anthropogenic”) climate change. I will tell the story behind the Hockey Stick, using it as a vehicle for exploring broader issues regarding the role of skepticism in science, the uneasy relationship between science and politics, and the dangers that arise when special economic interests and those who do their bidding attempt to skew the discourse over policy-relevant areas of science.   In short, I attempt to use the Hockey Stick to cut through the fog of disinformation that has been generated by the campaign to deny the reality of climate change. It is my intent, in so doing, to reveal the very real threat to our future that lies behind it.



Book Signing for Dire Predictions

January 17th @ 3:00 PM, Clark Hall Lobby

book signing with Dr. Michael Mann for his book Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming (2008)  will follow his keynote address. Books will be available for purchase at signing courtesy of the UVA bookstore

If you would like to obtain your book ahead of time, an order can be placed with the UVA Bookstore online.

You may also pre-order Dr. Mann's forthcoming book The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars (2012) from the UVA bookstore, but note that this book will not be available at the time of the scheduled book signing.