Meet the Team

Professor, James Madison University; Writer
Principal Research Scientist, MIT
Executive officer, International Programme Office of the Global Land Programme
Professor of Environmental Sustainability, University of Tasmania
Professor Emeritus, Colorado State University
Breakthrough Institute Board Member
Professor, New York University
Co-Director & Professor, Arizona State University
Vice President, Applied Invention
Climate Scientist and Professor of Earth Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center
Senior Conservation Ecologist at Wildlife Conservation Society
Professor; Senior Fellow
Associate Professor, University of Denver
Professor, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Author and Journalist
Managing Director, Decision Processes Incorporated
Research Associate, Program for the Human Environment at The Rockefeller University
Food and Agricultural Economist
Breakthrough Senior Fellows Liaison; Editor in Chief, Case Studies in the Environment; Adjunct faculty, Tarleton State University
Partner, Holland & Knight; Breakthrough Institute Board Member
Associate Professor in Energy Transitions, Chalmers University of Technology; Professor at University of Bergen
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Professor, Lewis & Clark College
Associate Professor, University of Queensland
Professor of Economics, Jadavpur University, ICSSR National Fellow
Senior Director of Policy and Research, Cicero Institute
Senior Advisor, Global CCS Institute
Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska
PhD student, UCSB Bren School
Retired Professor of Philosophy and Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, GMU
Senior Lecturer in International History
Author and Historian
Product Lead at Google
Professor, Santa Clara University
Writer, Environmental Defense Fund
Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley
Professor of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis
Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Economist and Policy Entrepreneur
Director, LeA International
Floyd Professor of Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
Chief Scientist and Vice President, The Nature Conservancy
Adjunct Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy
Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professor of Ecology and Sustainable Development, Columbia University
Co-founder and Executive Director, Revive & Restore
Vice President, Observer Research Foundation
Senior Research Lead, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Director, Cornell Alliance for Science
Senior Technical Consultant
Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology, University of Warwick
Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
Cofounder and President, Long Now Foundation
Senior Researcher, Canon Institute of Global Studies
Scientist, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development
Climate Research Lead, Stripe; Breakthrough Senior Fellow
Fellow, Resources for the Future


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The Breakthrough Institute is an environmental research center based in Oakland, California. Our research focuses on identifying and promoting technological solutions to environmental and human development challenges in three areas: energy, conservation, and food and farming.

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