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Bob Kopp

Climate scientist, geobiologist, and climate policy scholar at Rutgers University's Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences and Institute of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences.

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I am a climate scientist, geobiologist, and climate policy scholar. I serve at Rutgers University as Director of the Institute of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences and as a professor in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences. I also co-direct Rutgers’ transdisciplinary Coastal Climate Risk & Resilience (C2R2) initiative, a training program which brings graduate students in the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, and urban planning together with coastal stakeholders to tackle the challenges that climate change poses to the world’s coastlines.

My research focuses on understanding uncertainty in past and future climate change, with major emphases on sea-level change and on the interactions between physical climate change and the economy. I am a lead author of Economic Risks of Climate Change: An American Prospectus and served as lead scientist for the technical analysis underlying the Risky Business Project. I was a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, and have served on sea-level rise expert groups for several states and and the city of Boston.

In addition to the Rutgers Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and the Rutgers Energy Institute, I am also a member of the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and of the Rutgers Climate Institute. I am affiliated with Rutgers graduate programs in Atmospheric Sciences, Geological Sciences, Oceanography, Statistics, and Planning and Public Policy.

Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, I served as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs and as a Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University. I received my Ph.D. in geobiology from Caltech and my undergraduate degree in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago.

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