Dr. Gavin Schmidt
Senior Climate Advisor, NASA
As NASA’s Senior Climate Advisor, Dr. Gavin Schmidt works closely with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of Management and Budget to advocate for the agency’s climate investments in the context of broader United States government priorities. Dr. Schmidt actively engages in amplifying the agency’s climate-related research and technology development, as well as communicates the societal impacts and breadth of NASA investments related to climate.
Dr. Schmidt has been the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies since 2014, where his main research interest is the use of climate modeling to understand past, present, and future climate change. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 research papers in peer-reviewed literature, is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was the inaugural winner of the AGU Climate Communication Prize in 2011, as well as the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2017. Dr. Schmidt has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Oxford University and a doctorate in applied mathematics from University College London.