William E. Easterling
College of Earth & Mineral Sciences
116 Deike Building
University Park, PA 16802
Bill Easterling is Dean of the Pennsylvania State University's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences in University Park. At Penn State, Dr. Easterling focues on strengthening the College's position as a world leader in the earth, material, and energy sciences and engineering. He is committed to helping train students to create the new knowledge needed to solve some of the greatest challenges of our time. From 2001 to 2007 Dr. Easterling served as the Director of the Penn State Institute of Energy and the Environment, which serves as the central coordinating structure of energy and environmental initiatives through interdisciplinary resarch, education and outreach. Dr. Easterling also serves as professor of geography and earth system science. Dr. Easterling is an internationally recognized expert on how global warming may affect the Earth's food supply, and was one of the lead authors of the United Nation's intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on the effects of climate change. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel was the co-winner (with Al Gore) of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. The efforts of Dr. Easterling and other scientists were hailed for providing comprehensive and objective information to better understand the scientific basis of human-induced climiate change, its potential impact, and options for adaptation and mitigation. Dr. Easterling has written over 70 refereed scientific publications in the areas of food and climiate, testified before the House Committee on Science and Technology on climate change, and chaired the National Research Council's Panel on the Human Dimensions of Seasonal-to-Interannual Climate Variability. Recently, Dr. Easterling was named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.