Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe, Ph.D.

Katharine Hayhoe is an Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law in the Public Administration program of the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University and co-directs the Climate Center at Texas Tech. She has a B.Sc. in physics and astronomy from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Colgate University and from Victoria College at the University of Toronto.

Professor Hayhoe’s research focuses on developing and applying high-resolution climate projections to evaluate the future impacts of climate change on human society and the natural environment. She has published over 125 peer-reviewed abstracts and publications and served as lead author on key reports for the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the National Academy of Sciences, including the Second, Third and Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessments. Her TED talk has received nearly 3 million views and she is currently writing a book on talking about climate change that will be released in early 2021.

She is an Oxfam Sister of the Planet and currently chairs the Earth Science Women’s Network Advisory Council as well as serving on the American Geophysical Union’s Climate Communications Prize Committee, the National Center for Atmospheric Research Walter Orr Roberts Distinguished Lecture Committee, the science advisory board for the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University, the Editorial Committee of Texas Tech University Press, the scientific research advisory council for Engie,  the international advisory board for the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, and the advisory board for the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

In 2019, Dr. Hayhoe was named to Foreign Policy’s list of 100 Global Thinkers for the second time and received the United Nations Environment Programme’s flagship award, being named Champion of the Earth in the category of Science and Innovation.

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