Drew Shindell

Chair, Professor of Climate Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
Drew Shindell is the current Chair of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Scientific Advisory Panel. He is Professor of Climate Sciences at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University. From 1995 to 2014 he was a scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. Dr. Shindell taught atmospheric chemistry at Columbia University for more than a decade. His research concerns natural and human drivers of climate change, linkages between air quality and climate change, and the interface between climate change science and policy. He has been an author on more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and received awards from Scientific American, NASA, the EPA, and the NSF.

Main areas of expertise

Atmospheric chemistry and climate change

Performed basic work on, among other topics, the impact of black carbon and other aerosols on global and regional climate, the chemistry and radiative forcing impacts of ozone, and the many interactions between methane emissions and climate. Science-policy research has emphasized the evaluation of SLCPs' impact on climate, agriculture and health, and analysis of opportunities to accelerate SLCP mitigation in support of multiple environmental goals. Chaired the 2011 UNEP/WMO Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone, and was a Coordinating Lead Author of the 2013 Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5) chapter on "Anthropogenic and Natural Radiative Forcing.”

Staff member


Job title

  • Special Advisor for Action on Methane
    Climate & Clean Air Coalition
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