Gavin A. Schmidt

Gavin Schmidt is the Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and a climate scientist at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He works on understanding past, present, and future climate change, using ever-more refined models and data sets to explore how the planet’s climate behaves over time. Gavin has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications in addition to writing “Climate Change: Picturing the Science,” with co-author Josh Wolfe. In an effort to educate and inform the public on climate science, Gavin has worked on Education and Outreach with the American Museum of Natural History, the College de France, and the New York Academy of Sciences, and is a contributing editor at He was awarded the 2011 inaugural AGU Climate Communications Prize and was the EarthSky Science communicator of the year in 2011, among numerous other distinctions. He received a BA with Honors in Mathematics from Oxford University, a PhD in Applied Mathematics from University College London, and was a NOAA Postdoctoral Fellow in Climate and Global Change Research.