Drew Shindell

Drew Shindell

Nicholas Professor of Earth Sciences

Primary Appointment

Earth & Ocean Sciences Division

Drew Shindell is a Professor of Climate Sciences at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University. From 1995 to 2014 he was a scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. Dr. Shindell taught atmospheric chemistry at Columbia University for more than a decade. His research concerns natural and human drivers of climate change, linkages between air quality and climate change, and the interface between climate change science and policy. He has been an author on more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and received awards from Scientific American, NASA, the EPA, and the NSF.


He has testified on climate issues before both houses of the US Congress, the UNFCCC and the World Bank, developed a climate change course with the American Museum of Natural History, and made numerous appearances in newspapers, on radio, and on TV as part of his public outreach efforts. He chaired the 2011 Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone produced by the United Nations Environment Programme and World Meteorological Organization, was a Coordinating Lead Author on the 2013 Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and chairs the Scientific Advisory Panel to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition of nations, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations.


In The News


Westervelt, DM, Conley, AJ, Fiore, AM, Lamarque, JF, Shindell, DT, Previdi, M, Mascioli, NR, Faluvegi, G, Correa, G, and Horowitz, LW. "Connecting regional aerosol emissions reductions to local and remote precipitation responses." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18, no. 16 (August 28, 2018): 12461-12475.

Liu, L, Shawki, D, Voulgarakis, A, Kasoar, M, Samset, BH, Myhre, G, Forster, PM, Hodnebrog, Ø, Sillmann, J, Aalbergsjø, SG, Boucher, O, Faluvegi, G, Iversen, T, Kirkevåg, A, Lamarque, J-F, Olivié, D, Richardson, T, Shindell, D, and Takemura, T. "A PDRMIP Multimodel Study on the Impacts of Regional Aerosol Forcings on Global and Regional Precipitation." Journal of Climate 31, no. 11 (June 2018): 4429-4447.

Myhre, G, Samset, BH, Hodnebrog, Ø, Andrews, T, Boucher, O, Faluvegi, G, Fläschner, D, Forster, PM, Kasoar, M, Kharin, V, Kirkevåg, A, Lamarque, J-F, Olivié, D, Richardson, TB, Shawki, D, Shindell, D, Shine, KP, Stjern, CW, Takemura, T, and Voulgarakis, A. "Sensible heat has significantly affected the global hydrological cycle over the historical period." Nature Communications 9, no. 1 (May 15, 2018): 1922-null.

Fuglestvedt, J, Rogelj, J, Millar, RJ, Allen, M, Boucher, O, Cain, M, Forster, PM, Kriegler, E, and Shindell, D. "Implications of possible interpretations of 'greenhouse gas balance' in the Paris Agreement." Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences 376, no. 2119 (May 2018).

Recent Grants


ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
EOS 550: Climate and Society (EOS 550: Climate and Society)
EOS 394: Research Independent Study (EOS 394: Research Independent Study)
EOS 355: Global Warming (EOS 355: Global Warming)
ENVIRON 899: Master's Project (ENVIRON 899: Master's Project)

Contact Information

9 Circuit Dr, PO Box 90328, Environment Hall
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook (1995)
A.B., University of California at Berkeley (1988)

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