Peter C. Frumhoff is director of science and policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a leading science-based advocacy organization, based in Cambridge Massachusetts. A global change ecologist, Dr. Frumhoff has published and lectured widely on topics including climate science and impacts, climate policy, tropical forest conservation and management, and biological diversity. He was a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCCs) 2007 Fourth Assessment Report and the 2000 IPCC Special Report on Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry, and served as chair of the 2007 Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment. He serves on the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science at the U.S. Department of the Interior, the board of directors of the American Wind Wildlife Institute, the board of editors of Elementa’s Sustainability Transitions, and the steering committee for the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS. He is an associate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.
In 2014, Dr. Frumhoff served as a Cox Visiting Professor in the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University. Previously, he taught at Tufts University, Harvard University, and the University of Maryland. He also served as an AAAS Science and Diplomacy Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he designed and led conservation and rural development programs in Latin America and East Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in ecology and an M.A. in zoology from the University of California, Davis, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Frumhoff’s current research focuses on the climate responsibilities of fossil fuel companies. He has been quoted widely, including by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian, National Journal, Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and has appeared on National Public Radio.