Penn State professor Michael Mann leads climate change research
A self-professed “science nerd and computer geek,” Mann said he was always interested in math and science from a young age.
Posted: Friday, April 3, 2015 3:00 am By Morganne Mallon | Collegian Staff Writer
The only source of light in Michael Mann’s office on a breezy afternoon comes from the sunlight pouring through the large glass windows behind his desk.
The natural light drapes over the Penn State meteorology professor’s desk, where piles of books and paperwork are stacked neatly, offset only by a globe.
A giant white stork perched on a plaque sits against the window, a Conservational Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Foundation for his work on climate change that Mann said is one of his most meaningful accolades — despite the fact he was recognized for contributing to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
All across the walls are achievements and awards, along with a large framed photo of him standing beside former President Bill Clinton, who Mann said cited his study on climate change during his final State of the Union address.
Despite the famous face, Clinton does not overshadow the numerous pictures of Mann’s 9-year-old daughter throughout his office.
On a stand next to his desktop computer are the two books Mann authored: “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines” and “Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming.”
514 Walker is filled with evidence of the long list of accomplishments for the man who inhabits it — impressive for someone who said he just “wandered into” the field of climate change.