Dr. Michael Mann
In his lecture, Michael Mann will discuss the “Hockey Stick,” a graph he created with his colleagues to depict changes in Earth’s temperature dating back to 1000 AD. The graph was featured in the Summary for Policy Makers portion of the 2001 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and became an icon in the debate over human-caused climate change. He will tell the story behind the Hockey Stick, using it as a vehicle for exploring broader issues regarding the role of skepticism in science and the relationship between science and politics.
Dr. Mann is a member of the Penn State University faculty, holding joint positions in the departments of meteorology and geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center. Dr. Mann was a lead author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the IPCC Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize with other IPCC authors in 2007.
Mann’s book, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, will be available for sale, and he will be signing copies after the lecture.