Climate and Extreme Weather

Stanford Woods fellows Chris Field, Rob Dunbar and Noah Diffenbaugh are frequently cited experts on climate science, modeling, mitigation and adaptation for extreme weather events.

Noah Diffenbaugh
Center Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Assistant Professor, Environmental Earth System Science
Office 650.725.7510, cell 650.223.9425,

Diffenbaugh studies climate variability and change with a focus on extreme weather and potential impacts of greenhouse-induced climate changes on natural and human systems including agriculture/vegetation and the coastal ocean. Diffenbaugh serves on the Executive Committee of the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union, and as an Editor of Geophysical Research Letters. He has provided scientific briefings to State and Federal lawmakers, and was a author of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program assessment (2008). 

Rob Dunbar
Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Professor, Environmental Earth System Science
Office 650.725.6830,

Dunbar does wide-ranging research that links climate dynamics, marine science and environmental policy and solutions. His research group works on topics related to global environmental change, with a focus on the hydrological cycle, air-sea interactions, tropical ecosystems, and polar biogeochemistry. His group also specializes in studies of climate change during the past 50 to 12,000 years.

Chris Field
Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Professor, Biology and Environmental Earth System Science
Office 650.319.8024, cell 650.823.5326,

Field is co-chair of Working Group 2 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and has spent decades studying ecosystem responses to global change.  Field has served on many national and international committees related to global ecology and climate change.  He was the coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX), which lead to his recent invitation to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works about climate change and extreme weather events.

Climate and Public Opinion

Stanford Woods Senior Fellow Jon Krosnick has done extensive survey work with major media organizations, including The Washington Post and the Associated Press, gauging public opinion on climate change, energy, political behavior and more.
Jon Krosnick
Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Professor, Psychology, Political Science and Communication

Office 650.725.3031,
Krosnick is a leading international authority on the psychology of political attitudes, and has conducted national surveys on climate change for more than 15 years. A social psychologist, Krosnick has done extensive research on the psychology of attitudes, voter choice behavior and attitudes toward global warming including public belief and trust.

Environment and 2012 Elections

The directors of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment can comment on reluctance of politicians from both parties to address climate change and other environmental issues in the 2012 election cycle, as well as environmental issues the next president will likely face over the next four years.

Debbie Drake Dunne
Executive Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Office: 650.724.9506,

Drake Dunne held a variety of environmental NGO and government roles before joining the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment in 2005. She's acquired extensive knowledge of environmental politics and players over the past 20 years while serving in such roles as Assistant Secretary of Conservation Programs for the California Resources Agency, and Director of Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy in California. Drake Dunne was responsible for developing policy and securing funding to support major environmental initiatives such as restoration of the Everglades and San Francisco Bay.

Jeff Koseff
Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Office: 650.736.2364,

Awarded many times over for his teaching, Koseff has been instrumental in developing the vision for the interdisciplinary work on environmental issues at Stanford. His research and publication interests include turbulence and internal wave dynamics affecting estuarine ecosystems such as coral reefs and kelp-forests with particular interest in the San Francisco Bay,  coral reef systems of the Red Sea and Hawaii and the kelp forest systems of California.

Buzz Thompson
Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Professor, Natural Resources Law
Office: 650.725.3402,

A leading expert in environmental and natural resources law and policy, Thompson has contributed a large body of scholarship on environmental issues ranging from the future of endangered species and fisheries to the use of economic techniques for regulating the environment. The author of several books on water, the environment and property,  Buzz has published articles on such diverse topics as water markets, fisheries management, biodiversity protection, land conservation, the use of economics and market tools in environmental regulation and cognitive barriers to resource management.

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