CSU, Chico News

Noted CSU, Chico Biologist Named to World Environmental Organization

Date: 03-05-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico Professor Jeff Price, who shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize as a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has been appointed as Senior Fellow for Climate Change and Biodiversity at the United Nations Environment Program – World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC).

Price will work at the Cambridge, England-based center for portions of 2008 and will retain his faculty position at CSU, Chico in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences.

Price will assist the center with research concerning climate change and biodiversity, including reducing emissions from avoided deforestation and land degradation, vulnerability of protected areas, and adaptation strategies for protected areas and biodiversity.

In addition to his work on the IPCC Third and Fourth Assessment Reports (ecosystems) and the IPCC Technical Paper on Climate Change and Biodiversity, Price also has contributed to the British Government’s Stern Review on the Economic Impacts of Climate Change and the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change Impacts on the United States.

Price is also co-author of “Fingerprints of Global Warming on Wild Animals and Plants,” an article in the international journal “Nature.” He is author of the joint American Bird Conservancy/National Wildlife Federation publication “The Birdwatcher’s Guide to Global Warming,” as well as author of a number of scientific papers on the potential impacts of global warming on birds. He has been a faculty member at CSU, Chico since 2004.

The UNEP-WCMC is the biodiversity assessment and biodiversity policy support arm of the United Nations Environment Program, the world’s foremost intergovernmental environmental organization. The center provides objective, scientifically rigorous products and services to help decision makers in government and business recognize the value of biodiversity.

“It is quite an honor to be named to this position,” said Price, “and to be continuing my research and public policy work internationally.” He also looks forward to spreading the word about the prominent role CSU, Chico has taken in sustainability and environmental education.

Paul Zingg, president of CSU, Chico, said, “I am delighted with this new relationship with UNEP-WCMC because it will allow Jeff Price to inject an important new international perspective to his teaching and research.”

James Houpis, dean of the College of Natural Sciences, said, “CSU, Chico is striving to become a leader in achieving a new vision of education, which integrates the principles of sustainable development into the academic programs, practices and collaborations of our university. Allowing Dr. Price to work with UNEP-WCMC ultimately benefits the students and citizens of the North State when he brings his experiences back into the classroom.”

The director of UNEP-WCMC, Professor Jon Hutton, described the appointment of Professor Price to the center’s new fellowship in collaboration with CSU, Chico as “just the sort of partnership we need to raise our game, bridge the divide between research and policy, and speed up the response to human-induced climate change.”