SCIENTISTS’ STORIES

Climate scientists deal with attacks from a range of foes. Learn how this ongoing harassment impacts their professional and personal lives.
Sarah Myhre

Sarah Myhre, a research associate at the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington, is an advocate for addressing climate change and a champion of women’s rights. Her commitment to speaking publicly about these topics has made her a target of climate contrarians and led to sexist attacks.

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Naomi Oreskes

Naomi Oreskes examines the history of scientific knowledge in the Earth and environmental sciences, and on scientific consensus and dissent. She was first targeted by the anti-climate science movement in 2004 when she published documentation of the scientific consensus on climate change.

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Ben Santer

Ben Santer is an atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. He's been targeted by the anti-climate science movement since the mid-1990s because his research supports the finding that human activity plays a key role in global warming.

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John Mashey

John Mashey is a retired computer scientist and executive who’s deeply involved in fighting the anti-climate science machinery. In 2015, two statisticians sued Mashey for “tortious interference” after he showed they’d plagiarized parts of a report they produced for the anti-climate science movement.

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Katharine Hayhoe

Atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe is a professor in the department of political science at Texas Tech University and director of the University’s Climate Science Center. Her commitment to climate communication and public outreach has made her a prime target of anti-science groups.

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Michael Mann

Michael Mann, a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Pennsylvania State University and director of the University’s Earth System Science Center, is known for his research reconstructing past climate — work that led to Mann being harassed by the anti-science movement for 20 years.

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Andrew Dessler

Andrew Dessler, a professor of atmospheric sciences and the Earl F. Cook Professor of Geosciences at Texas A&M University, studies the response of clouds to climate change. Dessler was targeted and harassed by an anti-science group in 2012 after talking with the media.

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Malcolm Hughes

Malcolm Hughes is a dendroclimatologist and former director of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona. Hughes has been on the cutting edge of using data from tree rings in the broader field of climate research; he’s also been targeted by anti-science groups for nearly 20 years.

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Scott Mandia

Scott Mandia is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund and co-founder of the Climate Science Rapid Response Team. The founding of these organizations is the result of his tangle with a well-known British climate contrarian.

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