Professor Schneider has studied global warming for over 35 years, beginning with his work as a postdoctoral fellow at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (1971) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (1972). In 1992, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for his work in global climate research. He is a leading publisher and renowned thought leader on global warming and related ecological, economic and public policy issues. He also has a strong, tireless commitment to public education.
He has been actively involved with the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), an initiative of the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization, since its origin in 1988. The IPCC has produced four assessment reports, and Professor Schneider has been a key contributor in each. He was a Core Writer on the 2007 IPCC Fourth Assessment Report which is being used by governments world-wide as the most up-to-date, credible document regarding climate change science, impacts, adaptation, vulnerability, and mitigation until 2012. On December 10, 2007, the IPCC and Albert Gore were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".
Professor Schneider received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Plasma Physics from Columbia University in 1971. In addition to being a member of the Biological Sciences faculty, he is the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Professor (by courtesy) of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.