Michael E. Mann is a member of the Penn State University faculty, holding joint positions in the Departments of Meteorology and Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC). He received his B.S. degree from the University of California at Berkeley and attended Yale University for his M.S. degree in physics and his Ph.D. in geology and geophysics. In 2007, he contributed to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize along with other scientists who participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and in 2012, he was awarded The Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union. He is cofounder of the award-winning science website, www.RealClimate.org.