Climate experts at McGill University


McGill’s Centre for Climate and Global Change Research (C2GCR) is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. While extreme weather phenomena may still be in the hands of Mother Nature, after a decade of examining various global weather patterns and environmental concerns, McGill’s experts have become a preeminent source of analysis on planetary climate changes. The following is a list of C2GCR experts available for interviews or comment for climate-related stories:

roulet [at] (Nigel Roulet,) C2GCR Director and professor of Geography

Professor Roulet has researched how boreal forest ecosystems (e.g. forests, wetlands) contribute to the global carbon budget, greenhouse gases and the way ecosystems are affected by climate change, climate variability and the changing composition of the atmosphere. Recent work has included the policy implications of using terrestrial ecosystems to offset greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. He has also examined how the hydrology of ecosystems transport and transform environmentally-important chemicals, such as the constituent of acid rain and mercury.

mysak [at] (Lawrence Mysak,) C2GCR member, Canada Steamship Lines Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Professor Mysak has studied the stability and variability of the thermohaline circulation, which is a pole-to-pole ocean overturning circulation that transports heat from the equator to high latitudes in both hemispheres. He has written on the origins and evolution of sea-ice anomalies, seasonal variability of the Atlantic Ocean and examined climate fluctuations in the Arctic. Prof. Mysak’s group has also pioneered the development of the "McGill Paleoclimate Model", which is used to study the cold climate of the ice ages and the warm and humid climate of the dinosaur era.

moore [at] (Tim Moore,) C2GCR member and professor of Geography

Professor Moore’s research has focused on peatlands, wetlands and controls on the cycling of carbon in these ecological systems. He has studied the fluxes of gases, nutrients and elements between soil and atmosphere, the biosphere and the hydrosphere.

green [at] (Chris Green,) C2GCR member, Economics Department chair and professor

Professor Green’s main teaching and research fields are industrial organization and public policies toward business and environmental economics, particularly the economics of climate change. He recently studied the economic implications of implementing the Kyoto protocol for the stabilization of greenhouse gases and economic wellbeing.

lin [at] (Charles Lin,) C2GCR member and associate professor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Professor Lin is a meteorologist by training and has worked on high-resolution simulation of severe weather events like the flooding of Quebec’s Saguenay region. He has also conducted atmosphere and ocean modeling research.

pgb [at] (Peter Brown,) C2GCR member and Director of the McGill School of Environment

Professor Brown’s research focuses on the ethics and politics of environmental governance. He is also the author of the recently published Ethics, Economics and International Relations: Transparent Sovereignty in the Commonwealth of Life, (Edinburgh University Press), a book that proposes a new, more holistic economic system in which environmental protection is part of the bottom line.

ariya [at] (Parisa Ariya,) C2GCR member and professor of Chemistry and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Professor Ariya’s research addresses major issues of environmental concern including the atmospheric fate of trace compounds and the production and destruction of greenhouse gases, the ozone layer and acid rain. (Note: Prof. Ariya will only discuss science-related matters and will not comment for "women in science" type features).