Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. She is also a communicator who has received the American Geophysical Union’s Climate Communication Prize, the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication, the U.N.’s Champions of the Earth award. She has also been named to a number of lists, including Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Thinkers, and Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders.
Hayhoe is currently the Political Science Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law and co-directs the Climate Center at Texas Tech University. She has a B.S. in physics from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois.