John Chiang is Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned an M.S. in Physics at Cornell University, and a Ph.D. (awarded with distinction) in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. After a two-year stint as a NOAA Climate and Global Change postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington, he started his current faculty position at UC Berkeley. His speciality is in the dynamics of the large-scale atmosphere, ocean, and land systems and its interactions with the global climate. His research focuses on tropical ocean-atmosphere interactions and the role in played in past climate variability and change, from the distant past to the recent past.