- Chair, DCDC External Advisory Committee
- Dean, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Bill Easterling is chair of the Decision Center for a Desert City External Adivsory Committee. He assumed responsibilities as Dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State University in 2007. As dean, he focuses on strengthening the College's position as a world leader in the earth, material, and energy sciences and engineering. Easterling, professor of geography and earth system science, has been a member of Penn State's faculty for nearly 17 years. Before his appointment as dean, he served as Director of Penn State Institute of Energy and the Environment (2001-2007), the central coordinating structure for energy and environmental initiatives and research at Penn State.
Easterling is an internationally recognized expert on how climate change likely will affect the Earth's food supply. He was a convening lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report, Chapter 5 (Food, Fibre, Forestry, and Fisheries), which in 2007 shared the Nobel Prize with former Vice President of the United States Al Gore.
Easterling is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received this honor for distinguished leadership in global food availability and security through assessment of climate-change impacts, and adaptation and mitigation options. He has authored more than 80 refereed scientific publications in the areas of food and climate, testified before the House Committee on Science and Technology on climate change, and chaired the National Research Council's Panel on the Human Dimensions of Seasonal-to-Interannual Climate Variability.