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Bob Kopp

Climate scientist, Earth historian, geobiologist, and energy policy wonk, at Rutgers University's Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences and Rutgers Energy Institute.

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I am a climate scientist, Earth historian, geobiologist, and energy policy wonk. I serve at Rutgers University as an associate professor in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and as Associate Director of the Rutgers Energy Institute.

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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