Patrick Gonzalez

Patrick Gonzalez using a tape measure to find the circumference of a tree.Patrick Gonzalez is a climate change scientist and forest ecologist at the University of California, Berkeley. He advances science-based action on human-caused climate change to protect nature and people through research on climate change, ecosystems, wildfire, and carbon solutions and assistance to local people and policymakers.

Dr. Gonzalez has conducted field research in Africa, Latin America, and the U.S., published in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and other journals, and assisted field managers and local people in 25 countries and 269 U.S. National Parks. He has stood publicly for scientific integrity and broadened public understanding of climate change in the New York Times and other media. Dr. Gonzalez is an associate adjunct professor and is executive director of the UC–Berkeley Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity.

He previously served as principal climate change scientist of the U.S. National Park Service and assistant director for climate and biodiversity of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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.