Dr. Patrick Gonzalez
Climate change impacts on wildfire and solutions across global ecosystems
His research has revealed previously unreported carbon losses across California forests due to wildfire, heating due to climate change in U.S. national parks at double the national rate, and tree mortality across the African Sahel due to climate change. These scientific results prompted new actions and policies of forest carbon protection in California, climate change-focused conservation in U.S. national parks, and natural regeneration of native trees in Africa. He has stood publicly for scientific integrity and broadened public understanding of climate change in 127 published articles on his research in the New York Times and other media. Dr. Gonzalez has served as a lead author for four reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the science panel awarded a share of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.