Glen M. MacDonald

WMRC Director, WRG Faculty Director, John Muir Memorial Chair in Geography, and Distinguished Professor Department of Geography, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Bunche Hall 1152

Los Angeles, CA 90095

Tel: (310) 825-1071

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Glen M. MacDonald is the John Muir Memorial Chair of Geography, Director of the White Mountain Research Center and a UCLA Distinguished Professor. He is a former UC Presidential Chair and former Director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He is the UCLA Co-PI for the Department of the Interior’s Southwest Climate Science Center. His research focuses on climate change, its causes and its impact on the environment and society. He works on climate variability and environmental change using observational and other records in North America, Eurasia and Africa. A particular focus of his work has been on water resources and society in western North America and the global semi-arid regions. He is known for work on the concept of the ‘Perfect Drought’. He has also worked extensively on the response of northern treeline and wetlands to climate change and ands the effects of this on global radiative balance through albedo, and carbon and methane cycles. He is the author of over 150 scientific and popular press pieces and an award winning book on biogeography. He has also published Op/Eds in the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle. He speaks widely to the public and policy makers and has provided presentations and testimony to a number of California state agencies and the US Senate Appropriations Committee. Glen MacDonald is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Guggenheim Fellow and a Rockefeller Bellagio Resident. He has received the James J. Parsons Distinguished Career Award and the Henry C. Cowles Award for Excellence in Publication from the American Association of Geographers, the University of Helsinki Medal, a Visiting Fellowship and Life Membership at Clare Hall Cambridge, and a Visiting Fellowship at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. He has also won distinguished teaching awards at McMaster University and UCLA.