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Glen M. MacDonald, is a UCLA Distinguished Professor, a UC Presidential Chair and former Director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability from 2009-2014. He is also a Professor of Geography and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA.
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. He has worked on climate and environmental change issues in North America, Eurasia and Africa. A particular focus of his work has been on water resources in western North America and the global semi-arid regions. He is known for work on the concept of the ‘Perfect Drought’. He also conducts research on issues such as California coastal marshes and the impact of rising sea levels. His work has been supported by the Royal Society of Canada, NSERC, NSF, EPA, DOI and private foundations.
Glen MacDonald is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a previous Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada. He has received the University of Helsinki Medal, the Henry C. Cowles Award from the American Association of Geographers (twice), 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.
He currently is the Past Chair of the AAAS Geology and Geography Section, a member of the National Academies Committee on the Geographical Sciences and a member of the Knowledge Advisory Group for the Academic Network of the World Economic Forum. He is a Co-PI and university host for the Department of the Interior Southwest Climate Science Center.
He has published some 140 peer-reviewed articles in leading disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals including Nature, Science, Proceedings of the Royal Society and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He was the editor of the PNAS special issue on Southwest Water Sustainability. Glen MacDonald has written an award winning book on biogeography, published pieces n the Los Angeles Times and appeared numerous times on television. He has testified on climate change to the Senate Appropriations Committee.