Regents Professor/Director, Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group, University of Montana, Missoula and Chair of the NASA Earth Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Committee
Steven W. Running received his Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from Colorado State University, and has been with the University of Montana, Missoula since 1979, where he is a University Regents Professor of Global Ecology. His primary research interest is the development of global and regional ecosystem biogeochemical models integrating remote sensing with bioclimatology and terrestrial ecology. He is the Land Team Leader for the NASA Earth Observing System, Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, and is responsible for the EOS global terrestrial net primary production and evapotranspiration datasets. He has published more than 280 scientific articles and two books. He was a co-Lead Chapter Author for the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment. He currently Chairs the NASA Earth Science Subcommittee, and is a member of the NASA Science Advisory Council. Dr. Running was a chapter Lead Author for the 4th Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Dr. Running is an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, has been designated a Highly Cited Researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information, and in 2014 was designated one of "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds" in Geosciences. In the popular press, his essay in 2007, "The 5 Stages of Climate Grief" has been widely quoted.