Peter Frumhoff

Director of Science & Policy

Peter C. Frumhoff is director of science and policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and chief scientist of the UCS climate campaign. He ensures that UCS brings robust science to bear on our efforts to strengthen public policies, with a particular focus on climate change.A global change ecologist, Dr. Frumhoff has published and lectured widely on topics including climate change impacts, climate science and 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, 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 has 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 has been quoted widely, including by 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.

Peter Frumhoff's Selected Publications

Frumhoff, P.C. M. Webber, R. Newmark, V. Burkett, R. Jackson, J. Overpeck (Guest Editors). 2013. Environmental Research Letters Special Issue on Electricity Production, Water Resources and Climate Change. Available here.

Skaggs R, KA Hibbard, P Frumhoff, T Lowry, R Middleton, R Pate, VC Tidwell, JG Arnold, K Averyt, AC Janetos, RC Izaurralde, JS Rice, and SK Rose.  2012.  Climate and Energy-Water-Land System Interactions Technical Report to the U.S. Department of Energy in Support of the National Climate Assessment.  PNNL-21185, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. Available here.

Ekwurzel, B,  P C. Frumhoff and J. McCarthy. 2011. Climate uncertainties and their discontents: Increasing the impact of assessments on public understanding of climate risks and choices Climatic Change 108: 791-802. Available here.

Meyer, J.L, P.C. Frumhoff, S.P. Hamburg and C. de la Rosa. 2010. Above the din but in the fray: environmental scientists as effective advocates. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8: 299-305. Available here.

Grainger, A., D.H. Boucher, P.C. Frumhoff, W.F. Laurance, T. Lovejoy, J. McNeely, M. Neikisch, P. Raven, N.S. Sodhi, O. Venter and S.L. Pimm. Biodiversity and REDD at Copenhagen. 2009. Current Biology, 19: 974-976. Available here.

Frumhoff, P.C., C. Wake, J. McCarthy, J. Melillo, S. Moser, D. Wuebbles. 2008. An integrated climate change assessment for the Northeast United States. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 13: 419-423.

Gullison, R.E., P.C. Frumhoff, J.G. Canadell, C.B. Field, D.C. Nepstad, K. Hayhoe, R. Avissar, L.M. Curran, P. Friedlingstein, C.D. Jones, C. Nobre. 2007. Tropical forests and climate policy. Science: 316:985-986. Available here.

Nabuurs, G.J., O. Masera, K. Andrasko, P. Benitez-Ponce, R. Boer, M. Dutschke, E. Elsiddig, J. Ford-Robertson, P. Frumhoff, T. Karjalainen, O. Krankina, W.A. Kurz, M. Matsumoto, W. Oyhantcabal, N.H. Ravindranath, M.J. Sanz Sanchez, X. Zhang. 2007. Forestry. In Climate Change 2007: Mitigation. Contribution of Working Group III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panelon Climate Change [B. Metz, O.R. Davidson, P.R. Bosch, R. Dave, L.A. Meyer (eds)], Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK and New York, NY, USA. Available here.


Opinion Pieces

Making Water-Smart Energy Choices in Colorado. Denver Post  Oct 15 2012 (with Alice Madden). Available here.

Toward One America on Climate Change. Multiple newspapers – McClatchy syndicate. February 23 2012 (with Andrew Hoffman). Available here.

Candidates must deal with facts, not wishes, on climate change. Multiple newspapers – McClatchy syndicate. September 16 2011 (with Kerry Emanuel). Available here.

The Limits of Doubt-Mongering. The Hill. February 23 2011 (with Naomi Oreskes). Available here.

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