Daniel Schrag

Science Board co-chair, Science Steering Committee, External Professor

Daniel Schrag is the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Harvard University, and Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.  He also co-directs the Program on Science, Technology and Public Policy at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School.  Dan’s interests include climate change, energy technology, energy policy, and digital technology policy.  He has studied climate change over the broadest range of Earth’s history, including how climate change and the chemical evolution of the atmosphere influenced the evolution of life in the past, and what steps might be taken to prepare for impacts of climate change in the future. He is currently working on understanding how tropical ocean dynamics relates to decadal climate variability and climate prediction.  From 2009 to 2017, he served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology (PCAST), contributing to many reports to the President on a variety of topics including energy technology and national energy policy, agricultural preparedness, climate change, big data and privacy, the use of forensic science in criminal justice, and STEM education. He has been a member of the external faculty of SFI since 2002, and currently co-chairs the Science Board.