News Release

U.S. Forest Service Scientists Awarded Nobel Peace Prize for Research on Climate Change

November 20, 2007 -

The Nobel Committee recently announced the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 in equal parts to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore, Jr. Thirteen U.S. Forest Service researchers are IPCC authors and reviewers and share in this esteemed honor. These scientists specialize in diverse fields including forest ecology, hydrology, soils and climate. Their work is part of studies covering 40 years of climate and air quality research on forested lands.

"The Forest Service is exceedingly proud of our internationally renowned scientists who are leaders in forest and climate research," stated Chief Gail Kimbell. "Our researchers contribute to the advancement of science and provide reliable and credible solutions to natural resource issues."

The Nobel Committee recognized "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." The IPCC is composed of scientists who volunteer their time to analyze and synthesize scientific findings on climate change. Their documents are written under close scrutiny and are considered to be the most credible information on climate change in the world.

Forest Service scientists recognized include:

Dr. Ralph Alig, Pacific Northwest Research Station

Dr. Ronald Neilson, Pacific Northwest Research Station

Dr. David Peterson, Pacific Northwest Research Station

Dr. Richard Birdsey, Northern Research Station

Dr. Linda Heath, Northern Research Station

Dr. David Nowak, Northern Research Station

Dr. Kenneth Skog, Forest Products Laboratory

Dr. Wei Min Hao, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Dr. Linda Joyce, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Dr. Robert Musselman, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Dr. Michael Ryan, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Dr. Ariel Lugo, International Institute for Tropical Forestry

Dr. Allen M. Solomon, Washington Office

The Forest Service Mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of the present and future generations.