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Spring 2020: A Voyage of Discovery

A. Scott Denning

Colorado State University

Scott Denning is Monfort Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, where he leads a large research group using many kinds of observations and models to understand the metabolism of the Earth’s biosphere. A key contribution of his research is the identification and prediction of sources and sinks of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere using new satellite instruments. In addition to using global satellite imagery, his research has included extensive fieldwork in the great north woods of Wisconsin, the farms of Iowa, and the Amazon rainforest.

He served for 10 years as Director of Education and Diversity for a major climate modeling center, working to enhance understanding of global climate through K-12, undergraduate, and graduate study, as well as, informal education and public presentations.

Professor Denning author of more than 100 publications in the peer-reviewed climate literature, a former editor of the Journal of Climate, and was founding Science Chair of the North American Carbon Program. He has served on advisory panels for NASA, NOAA, the US Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation, and several nonprofits.

His undergraduate degree, from the University of Maine, is in Geology. Following a brief career in the oil industry, he worked on biogeochemistry of a high mountain watershed for several years before earning his Ph.D. at Colorado State University.

Denning joined the faculty of the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1996 and returned to Colorado in 1998 where he joined the faculty at his alma mater.

Scott is passionate about explaining the Three S’s of Climate Change (Simple, Serious, and Solvable) to public audiences of all kinds. He lives in Fort Collins Colorado with his spouse of 29 years, a Chocolate Lab, an old cat, and a small fish. An avid amateur astronomer, Scott spends clear moonless nights photographing the galaxy from a mountain cabin.