Dr. David Pearson

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Dr. David Pearson

Dr. David Pearson is a Professor of Earth Sciences working in the Vale Living with Lakes Centre at Laurentian University. He is the Co-Director of the Laurentian University / Science North Graduate Diploma program in Science Communication, and Senior Science Advisor to Science North, where he was the Project Director and then Founding Director from 1980 to 1986.

From 2001 to 2007 David was Chair of the Ontario Office of the Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network, and is now science advisor to the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources. From 2008 to June 2010 he was Co-Chair of the Ontario Government’s Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and chaired the Science Advisory Panel for Ontario’s Far North Initiative. He has hosted two TV series: “Understanding the Earth” (TV Ontario) and “Down to Earth” (Mid Canada TV); and was “Dr. Dave” the scientist for CBC Northern Ontario’s weekly Radio Lab” from 1982 to 1997.

David received the Geological Association of Canada’s Ward Neale Medal for communication of the earth sciences and in 2003 he was awarded the McNeil Medal of the Royal Society of Canada for public communication of science. He is currently working with First Nations in the Far North of Ontario to develop climate change adaptation plans for their remote and isolated communities.

Professional Affiliation

Vale Living with Lakes Centre, Laurentian University

2012 Climate Change Forum Topic

Communicating Climate Science

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