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Dr Pep Canadell

Chief Research Scientist


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Pep is a Chief Research Scientist in CSIRO Environment, Chief Lead Investigator in the Climate Systems Hub of the National Environmental Science Program, and Executive Director of the Global Carbon Project, a global consortium of scientists under the umbrella of Future Earth and a scientific partner of the World Climate Research Programme.

Pep holds a BSc, a MSc, and a PhD degree in Biology and Terrestrial Ecology from the University Autonomous of Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain). Upon completing his PhD and throughout the 1990s, Pep held three research positions in the USA at San Diego State University, University of California at Berkeley, and Stanford University, after which he moved to CSIRO in Australia, where he has worked since.

Pep focuses on collaborative and highly integrative research to develop national, continental, and global budgets and trend analyses of the main greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. He also studies the size and vulnerability of Earth’s carbon sinks and pools, carbon-climate feedbacks, and pathways to net-zero emissions, including land-based carbon sequestration and negative emissions. More recently, he has also focused on abrupt impacts and ecosystem collapse in response to climate change, particularly wildfires. He uses a robust understanding of regional and global biogeochemical cycles to inform the formulation of sub-national, national, and international policy and actions to mitigate climate change.

Pep has contributed to the United Nations - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the last 18 years (AR4, AR5, AR6) and multiple assessments of the World Meteorological Organization. He is a fellow member of the American Geophysical Union, and Reuters named him the 8th most influential climate scientist in the world in 2021. Pep has co-authored over 240 peer-reviewed research papers (Web of Science), with 60 papers in Nature journals and Science; he has also edited 18 books and special research journal issues. His published work has attracted over 100k citations in the scientific literature, and has been a Highly Cited Researcher in Environment & Ecology and/or Geosciences every year since 2017. Pep is also a keen science communicator with engagement in national and international traditional media, social media, and evidence-based journalism at The Conversation with over 1.7 million reads.

Fields of Research

Current Roles

  • Executive Director
    global carbon project

  • Chief Lead Investigator
    Climate Systems Hub of the National Environmental Science Program (NESP)

  • Chief Investigator
    NESP Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub

Academic Qualifications

  • 1995

    Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

  • 1989

    Master in Ecology
    Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Catalonia

Professional Experiences

  • 1995-1998

    Research Associate and Scientific Officer for Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE) of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program
    Stanford University, CA, USA

  • 1993-1994

    Research Associate
    University of California, Berkeley, California, USA

  • 1991-1992

    Lecturer and Adjunct Professor
    San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA

Achievements and Awards

  • 2017

    Highly cited researcher in Geoscience
    Web of Science-Clarivate Analytics

  • 2021-2021

    8th most influential climate scientist in the world
    Reuters - Top 1000 climate scientists

  • 2018-2021

    Selected Coordinating Leading Author of IPCC AR6 WG1
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

  • 2018-2018

    GCP - Prospect Think Tank Award on Energy and Environment
    Prospect - London

  • 2017

    Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
    American Geophysical Union

  • 2015

    Top 15 most cited authors in climate change top journals

  • 2014

    Newton Turner Career Award

  • 2007

    Member of IPCC awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
    Nobel Prize

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