Jason Smerdon

Jason Smerdon is a Lamont Research Professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. He also holds appointments within the Columbia Climate School as an Earth Institute Faculty Member, Co-Senior Director for Education, and Co-Director of the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development. Smerdon teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on climate, environmental change, and sustainable development, while also lecturing widely in public and private settings on the subject of climate change and its social dimensions. He is the author of Climate Change: The Science of Global Warming and Our Energy Future (Columbia University Press, 2018).

Smerdon’s research focuses on climate variability and change during the past several millennia and how past climates can help us understand future climate change. He publishes widely on paleoclimate reconstruction techniques, the dynamics of past climate change and variability, and on assessments of climate models using paleoclimatic information.

Jason Smerdon co-leads the Environmental Sciences and Humanities Research Cluster and serves as an Advisory Committee Member.