Earth Sciences Division Staff: William (Bill) Collins
William (Bill) Collins
Senior Scientist and Climate Sciences Department Head
Dr. William Collins is an internationally recognized expert in climate modeling and climate change science. His personal research concerns the interactions among sunlight, heat, the coupled climate system, and global environmental change. He serves as a senior scientist, head of the Climate Sciences Department, and director of the Center at LBNL for Integrative Modeling of the Earth System (CLIMES) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL); a Professor in Residence in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley; and chief scientist for the Department of Energy's Enterprise in Climate and Earth System Modeling. Before joining Berkeley and Berkeley Lab, Dr. Collins was a senior scientist and Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee for the DOE/NSF Community Climate System Model project. He was a Lead Author on the Fourth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), for which the IPCC was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, and is also acting as a Lead Author on the forthcoming Fifth Assessment.
- B.A., Physics (cum laude) Princeton University, 1981
- M.S., Astronomy and Astrophysics University of Chicago, 1984
- Ph.D., Astronomy and Astrophysics University of Chicago, 1988
- 2013 - present, Chief Scientist, Dept. of Energy Accelerated Climate Model for Energy
- 2013 – present, Director, Climate Readiness Institute
- 1989 - 1990, Post-Graduate Research Associate, University of Chicago
- 1990 - 1992, Post-Graduate Research Associate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
- 1992 - 1997, Assistant Research Physicist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
- 1994 - 1994, Lecturer, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
- 1996 - 1997, Visiting Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research
- 1997 - 2001, Scientist II, National Center for Atmospheric Research
- 2001 - 2007, Scientist III, National Center for Atmospheric Research
- 2001 - 2007, Adjoint Professor, PAOS Program, University of Colorado
- 2006 - 2007, Deputy Section Head, National Center for Atmospheric Research
- 2007 - present, Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research
- 2007 - present, Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- 2007 - present, Department Head, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- 2007 - present, Professor in Residence, University of California, Berkeley
Contributor (lead author) for the Fourth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
- Committees and activities for climate assessments Panelist, National Academy Climate Sensitivity Workshop, 2003. Invited participant, Joint WGCM CFMIP/IPCC expert meeting on Climate Sensitivity and Feedbacks, 2004. Lead and collaborating author, IPCC Working Group I Fourth Assessment Report, 2004 – 2007. Expert reviewer, IPCC Working Group I Fourth Assessment Report, 2005 – 2006.
- Editor, Journal of Climate, 2007 – 2008.
- Meeting organizer for climate assessments
- Member, Organizing Committee, IPCC Working Group I Workshop on Climate Sensitivity, Jul. 2004, Paris, France.
- Public dissemination of assessment results
- Collins, W., R. Colman, J. Haywood, M.R. Manning, and P. Mote, 2007: The Physical Science behind Climate Change. Scientiﬁc American, August issue.
- Climate modeling activities
- Co-chair, NCAR Atmospheric Model Working Group, 2001 – 2003. Chair, DOE-NSF Community Climate System Model Scientiﬁc Steering Committee, 2003 – 2005. Member, CCSM Scientiﬁc Steering Committee, 2006 – present.