Associate Director and Senior Policy Fellow,
AMS Policy Program
Paul Higgins is Associate Director of the American Meteorological Society’s Policy Program. In 2011, he was named a Google Science Communication Fellow. From 2005-2006 he was a Congressional Science Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). During his fellowship year, Paul worked on climate policy in the United States Senate. From 2003-2005 he was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of California. He received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University and a B.S. from The University of Michigan. He is a former fellow of the Department of Energy’s Global Change Education Program.
Paul organizes and leads the AMS Climate Briefing Series on the Hill, oversees the AMS-UCAR Congressional Science Fellowship Program, helps train Earth scientists to engage the federal policy process, explores climate policy options, and conducts scientific research on the causes and consequences of climate change.
His scientific research examines the two-way interaction between the atmosphere and the land surface. His policy research involves analyzing existing legislative approaches and developing risk management strategies that can overcome contentious political obstacles to climate policy. He also works to inform policy makers, members of the media, and the general public about climate science and climate policy.
Higgins, P.A.T. A policy framework for maximum climate protection. In review.
Steinbuck, J.V., and Higgins, P.A.T. Climate Change in the FY2012 Budget. In: AAAS Report XXXVI, Research and Development FY 2012. The American Association for the Advancement of Science. Washington, DC. In Press.
Higgins, P.A.T. United States Federal Policy: Climate Policy. In: Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather. Oxford University Press. In Press.
Higgins, P.A.T. Disturbance. In: Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather. Oxford University Press. In Press.
Higgins, P.A.T. 2010. Design principles and remaining needs for U.S. federal climate policy: emission fees. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 91(5)601-609.
Higgins, P.A.T. 2010. Climate Change in the FY2011 Budget. In: AAAS Report XXXV, Research and Development FY 2011. The American Association for the Advancement of Science. Washington, DC. (pp 171-178).
Higgins, P.A.T. 2009. Carbon cycle amplification: how optimistic assumptions cause persistent underestimates of potential climate damages and mitigation needs. Climatic Change. 95:363-368.
Higgins, P.A.T. 2009. Climate Change Research and Development in the FY2010 Budget. In: AAAS Report XXXIV, Research and Development FY 2010. The American Association for the Advancement of Science. Washington, DC.
Higgins, P.A.T. 2008. Science in the policy process: rational decision-making or Faustian bargain? Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 89(5):688-690.
Higgins, P.A.T. 2008. Federal climate policy: design principles and remaining needs. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 89(1):102-103.
Srinivasan, U.T., Carey, S.P., Hallstein, E., Higgins, P.A.T., Kerr, A.C., Koteen, L.E., Smith, A.B., Watson, R., Harte, J., Norgaard, R.B. 2008. The debt of nations and the distribution of ecological impacts from human activities. PNAS. 105:1768-1773.
Higgins, P.A.T. 2007. A year to solve the climate problem. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 88(8)1181-1185.
Higgins, P.A.T. 2007. Biodiversity loss under existing land use and climate change: an illustration using northern South America. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 16:197-204.
Higgins, P.A.T. 2006. Toward an optimal approach for health and transportation. Environmental Conservation. 33(3):184.
Higgins, P.A.T., and Harte, J. 2006. Biophysical and biogeochemical responses to climate change depend on dispersal and migration. BioScience. 56(5):407-417.
Higgins, P.A.T., Chan, K.M.A., and Porder, S. 2006. Bridge over a philosophical divide. Evidence & Policy. 2(2):251-257.
Higgins, P.A.T. 2005. Exercise based transportation reduces obesity, oil dependence, and carbon emissions. Environmental Conservation. 32(3):197-202.
Higgins, P.A.T., and Schneider, S.H. 2005. Long-term potential ecosystem responses to greenhouse gas induced thermohaline circulation collapse. Global Change Biology. 11(5):699-709.
Higgins, P.A.T., and Higgins, M. 2005. A healthy reduction in oil consumption and carbon emissions. Energy Policy. 33(1):1-4.
Higgins, P.A.T. 2005. Climate Change: Complexity, Chaos and Order. In: Understanding Change: Models Methodologies and Metaphors. Andreas Wimmer and Reinhart Koessler (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Chan, K.M.A., Higgins, P.A.T., and Porder S. 2005. Protecting science from abuse requires a broader form of outreach. PLoS Biology. 3(7):e218.
Higgins, P.A.T. March 30, 2005. (LTR) Junk Economics. The Washington Times.
Higgins, P.A.T. 2004. Biogeochemical and biophysical responses of the land surface to a sustained thermohaline circulation weakening. Journal of Climate. 17(21):4135-4142.
Higgins, P.A.T., and Vellinga, M. 2004. Ecosystem responses to abrupt climate change: teleconnections, scale, and the hydrological cycle. Climatic Change. 64(1-2):127-142
Higgins, P.A.T. 2004. (LTR) The Bush Administration and climate change. Science. 306:2041.
Porder, S., Chan, K.M.A, and Higgins, P.A.T. 2004. (LTR) Scientists must conquer reluctance to speak out. Nature. 431:1036.
Porder, S., Chan, K.M.A, and Higgins, P.A.T. April 04, 2004. (OP-ED) Science and policy—it’s an issue of trust. San Francisco Chronicle.
Chan, K.M.A., Porder, S., Higgins, P.A.T., and Kramer, S.B. 2004. (LTR) Concern is more than just ruffled feathers. Nature. 428(6980):255.
Higgins, P.A.T., Masterandrea, M.D., Schneider, S.H. 2002. Dynamics of climate and ecosystem coupling: abrupt changes and multiple equilibria. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London series B-Biological Sciences. 357(1421):647-655.
Higgins, P.A.T., Jackson, R.B., desRosier, J.M., Field, C.B. 2002. Root production and demography in a California annual grassland under elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide. Global Change Biology. 8(9):841-850.