NSF Highlights Bren Professor, PhD Graduate

Charles Kolstad

Charles Kolstad and Nick Burger Noted for IPCC Work

The National Science Foundation has highlighted Bren professor Charles Kolstad and PhD graduate Nick Burger in a new press release titled "Transcending Boundaries: NSF program fosters graduate study in the 'white spaces' between scientific disciplines." The two worked with others as lead authors of a chapter for the Fourth Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released in 2007. IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Prize for Peace with Al Gore. The award recognized the organization's international body of researchers whose collective efforts have substantially raised awareness of the facts behind anthropogenic climate change.

Prior to working with Kolstad and others on the chapter titled "Mitigation of Climate Change," Burger had performed doctoral research combining economics and environmental science, with Kolstad as his advisor. His research was funded by a grant from NFS's Integrative Graduate Education Research Traineeship (IGERT) program, which fosters interdisciplinary research, education, and training as a means of developing the next generation of scientists.

IGERT and the Bren School are well suited. As part of Bren's interdisciplinary focus, PhD students are encouraged to expand their research perspective by mastering knowledge from one or more related disciplines, and IGERT-funded graduate students work as part of interdisciplinary teams, learning the language of other disciplines as they collaborate to confront some of the major challenges of the day.

Click here to see the full release on the NSF website.

Nick Burger