Speaker: Damon Matthews
When: August 15, 2010
Event: Climate Change Conference 2010
Dr. Damon Matthews is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography Planning and Environment. He obtained a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from Simon Fraser University in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Earth and Ocean Sciences from the University of Victoria in 2004. Prior to joining Concordia University in January 2007, he held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary, and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Carnegie Institution at Stanford. Dr. Matthews currently teaches courses on the climate system, climate change and environmental modelling in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University. His research is aimed at better understanding the many possible interactions between human activities, natural ecosystems and future climate change, and contributing to the scientific knowledge base required to promote the development of sound national and international climate policy. Dr. Matthews holds several current research grants for projects to investigate the uncertainties associated with current terrestrial carbon sinks in the context of expected future climate changes. He has published a number of research papers in the area of global climate modelling, with particular emphasis on human land-use change and the role of the global carbon cycle in the climate system. In addition, Dr. Matthews is a contributing author to the recent Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was recognized with the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.