William Collins is an internationally recognized expert in climate modeling and climate change science. His personal research concerns the interactions among greenhouse gases and aerosols, the coupled climate system, and global environmental change. He is the Director of the Climate and Ecological Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Professor in Residence in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Collins is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Physical Society (APS), and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He was awarded the AGU’s Tyndall History of Global Environmental Change Lectureship in 2019. He was a Lead Author on the Fourth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), for which the IPCC was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, and has served as Lead Author and Coordinating Lead Author on the Fifth and Sixth Assessments. His role as Chief Scientist in launching the Department of Energy’s Accelerated Climate Model for Energy (ACME) program was awarded the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary’s Achievement Award in 2015.
Before joining Berkeley and Berkeley Lab, Dr. Collins was a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and served as Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee for the DOE/NSF Community Climate System Model project.
Dr. Collins received his undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University and earned an MS and PhD in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of Chicago.