Steven W. Running, PhD

Steven W. Running

Steven W. Running is Regents Professor of Ecology and director of the Numerical Terradynamics Simulation Group at the University of Montana. Steve received his Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from Colorado State University and has been with the University of Montana, Missoula since 1979.  His primary research interest is the development of global and regional ecosystem biogeochemical models integrating remote sensing with bioclimatology and terrestrial ecology. He is the Land Team Leader for the NASA Earth Observing System (EOS), Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, and is responsible for the EOS global terrestrial net primary production and evapotranspiration datasets. He has published more than 280 scientific articles and two books. He was a co-lead chapter author for the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment. He currently chairs the NASA Earth Science Subcommittee, and is a member of the NASA Science Advisory Council. Steve was a chapter lead author for the 4th Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He is an elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union, has been designated a Highly Cited Researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information, and in 2014 was designated one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” in geosciences. In the popular press, his essay from 2007, “The 5 Stages of Climate Grief” has been widely quoted. (Missoula, MT)