Every year, the AGU Fellows program recognizes members who have made exceptional contributions to the Earth and space sciences. Vetted by a committee of AGU Fellows, honorees represent no more than 0.1 percent of AGU’s 60,000 members. Collins is among 62 individuals to be elected to this year’s class of fellows. AGU describes the fellows as “global leaders and experts who have propelled our understanding of geosciences.”
Bill Collins is an internationally recognized expert in climate modeling and climate change science. On being named a 2020 AGU Fellow, he said, “This recognition reflects all the great mentors, colleagues, and students I have been fortunate to collaborate with over my career.”
In addition to his role as Director of the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division (CESD) for the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area at Berkeley Lab, Collins is a Professor in Residence in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California. He is the founding Director of Environmental Resilience Accelerator (Era), a joint initiative between UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to solve the critical challenges posed by environmental change.
Collins joined UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab after having served as a Senior Scientist and Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee for the Department of Energy/National Science Foundation Community Climate System Model project at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). He served as a lead and collaborating author of the Fourth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)– for which the IPCC was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Since the AGU Fall Meeting is online everywhere this year, Collins will be honored in a virtual ceremony to celebrate the new class of Fellows as well as the other recipients of AGU honors and awards on Wednesday, December 9 at 3 p.m. PT. A complete list of this year’s AGU fellows can be found here.