Laurence C. Smith

Laurence Smith
Laurence C. Smith
Professor and Chair of Geography; Professor of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences at UCLA; Author, The World in 2050

LAURENCE C. SMITH earned a Ph.D. in earth and atmospheric sciences at Cornell University In 1996 and is now professor and vice chairman of geography and professor of earth and space sciences at UCLA. He has published more than fifty research papers in journals such as Science and Nature. In 2006 he briefed Congress on the likely impacts of northern climate change, and in 2007 his work appeared prominently in the Fourth Assessment Report of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Smith's work on northern climate change has been funded by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Honors include a NASA Young Investigator Award (2000), finalist for NASA's Presidential Early Career Award (2002), and a Bellagio residency from the Rockefeller Foundation (2007).