Dr. Peter C. Frumhoff
2022 Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life, Brandeis University
Peter C. Frumhoff has taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 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 PhD in ecology and an MA in zoology from the University of California–Davis and a BA in psychology from the University of California–San Diego. Dr. Frumhoff was previously the director of science and policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and chief scientist of the UCS climate campaign. He ensured 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 (IPCC’s) 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 (NECIA). He serves on the American Wind Wildlife Institute’s board of directors and the Coalition for Rainforest Nations’ scientific advisory committee, and is a member of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.