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The 2022 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

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The 2022 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence Recipient is Michael E. Mann, Ph.D., Climate Change Author, Scientist, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, and Director of the Earth System Science Center

Michael E. Mann, Ph.D.

Speaking Truth and Science About Climate Change

Michael E. Mann, Ph.D., has spent his career investigating climate change, communicating about its reality, and highlighting the politics that seek to undermine action against it.

Mann’s research on climate variability and extremes has been at the forefront of climate change science. In 1999, he and his colleagues examined 1,000 years of temperature changes that produced the hockey stick graph, so named because of its pronounced upward curve. The data, which combined decades of work by paleoclimate scientists, and its stunning visual presentation served as a smoking gun in the case proving human-induced climate change.

Writing about this work, Mann has said, “Although scientific revolutions in how we see the world do occur, the bulk of our scientific understanding comes from the cumulative impact of numerous incremental studies that together paint an increasingly coherent picture of how nature works.”

To share his knowledge and warn the public about climate change, he has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, numerous op-eds and commentaries, and five books. His most recent work, The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet, examines the thirty-year campaign launched by fossil fuel companies to delay action on climate change and offers a battle plan for how to save the planet.

About Michael E. Mann, Ph.D.

Currently, Michael E. Mann, Ph.D., is distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center.

This fall, he will become presidential distinguished professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary appointment in the Annenberg School for Communication. He will also be the inaugural director of the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability, and the Media.

Mann received undergraduate degrees in physics and applied math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. in physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in geology and geophysics from Yale University. His research interests include the study of Earth’s climate system and the science, impacts, and policy implications of human-caused climate change.

He has received numerous honors and awards including the Public Engagement With Science Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Climate Communication Prize from the American Geophysical Union, NOAA’s outstanding publication award, and the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union. He has also been named one of Scientific American’s 50 leading visionaries in science and technology and one of Bloomberg News’s 50 most influential people.

He is also a co-founder of the award-winning science website RealClimate.org.

About the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

Presented at The Water’s Edge gala each year since 2011, the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence, also known as the SAFE Water Award, is a prestigious award for outstanding achievement in freshwater-related activities. The award honors individuals, institutions, or organizations whose work contributes broadly to:

  • conserving and protecting freshwater resources and ecosystems,
  • improving the quantity and quality of fresh water on the planet, or
  • developing policies and practices which help perpetuate clean fresh water for future generations of humans and wildlife.

Honorees represent regions and watersheds from around the world and a broad range of freshwater-related activities, professions, and scientific disciplines.