Michael J. Prather
Michael J. Prather is the Fred Kavli Professor of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine. He came to UCI in 1992 as a professor of Earth System Science, is internationally recognized for his research on atmospheric greenhouse gases, and their effect on global climate change. His work has been influential in the drafting of international environmental standards such as the Montreal and Kyoto Protocols.
Prather received undergraduate degrees in mathematics from Yale University and physics from Oxford University and a doctorate in astronomy and astrophysics from Yale. Prior to joining the UCI faculty, he directed research at Harvard University and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. A fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, he served from 1997 through 2001 as editor-in-chief of Geophysical Research Letters, the leading journal in its field.