The Nature Conservancy Names Daniel Swain California Climate Fellow

San Francisco, CA

The Nature Conservancy welcomes Dr. Daniel Swain as Climate Fellow for The Nature Conservancy in California. Dr. Swain is a climate scientist studying the changing character, causes, and impacts of extreme meteorological events, and is perhaps best known as the founder of Weather West blog, a highly-regarded source on climate and extreme weather.

As The Nature Conservancy California’s Climate Fellow, Dr. Swain will be continuing his research on extreme weather impacts as a result of our changing climate and the development of conceptual frameworks to more accurately assess potential swings in climate events on the extreme ends (such as mega wildfire conditions, flooding, and drought).

“Society experiences climate change most acutely in extreme conditions, such as extreme fire weather or deluge-inducing atmospheric river events, but historically we’ve relied on traditional climate analyses focused on past averages which mute our preparation for the most extreme conditions,” said Dick Cameron, Director of Science for Land Programs, The Nature Conservancy. “With Daniel’s work, we are working to better estimate the social, economic, and ecological impact of extreme weather events to better prepare for and adapt to these types of conditions. We’re thrilled he’s on board.”

In addition to The Nature Conservancy, Dr. Swain is serving appointments at two other institutions: the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the Capacity Center for Climate and Weather Extremes at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. This unique partnership across public and private institutions allows for a continuing focus on California weather and climate issues, with occasional deeper-dives into the broader climate context of recent events.

I’m genuinely excited to help bridge that gap, and work toward integrating climate complexity into pragmatic and science-based solutions for a warming world.

Climate Fellow for The Nature Conservancy in California

“Climate change is an urgent and accelerating problem, and its impacts are becoming increasingly serious both for society and the environment. Yet there remains a substantial disconnect between science and practice—which has historically inhibited the kind of transformational and truly interdisciplinary efforts that will be required to meaningfully address the climate crisis,” said Swain. “In my new role at The Nature Conservancy, I’m genuinely excited to help bridge that gap, and work toward integrating climate complexity into pragmatic and science-based solutions for a warming world.”

Daniel regularly engages with journalists and other partners to facilitate scientifically- informed media coverage on climate change, extreme weather, and a number of environmental issues. He gives frequent interviews on a wide range of weather and climate-related topics, and his work has been featured in outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and NPR.

Dr. Swain holds a PhD in Earth System Science from Stanford University and a B.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of California, Davis. Visit his Weather West blog or follow him on Twitter @Weather_West.

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