As VP for Science, Andrew Pershing, Ph.D. leads Climate Central’s climate science activity. His role includes bridging primary research and media analysis to amplify critical work on climate change and climate impacts and make it accessible to audiences around the world. As the Director of Attribution Science and Climate Fingerprinting, Pershing is developing tools like the Climate Shift Index to quantify how climate change has increased the likelihood or severity of conditions in the atmosphere and ocean. He works closely with communications experts at Climate Central and our partners to help the media and others to incorporate this information into their content. Pershing has led interdisciplinary research teams to study the impact of global warming on marine ecosystems in the northwest Atlantic. More recently, his work has focused on how climate trends interact with decisions that people make and on how marine ecosystems store and process carbon. As a communicator, Pershing has deep experience working with journalists to present climate science on air and in print.
Previously Pershing served as chief scientific officer for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, where he headed the Climate Change Ecology Lab. He was the lead author for the Oceans and Marine Resources chapter of the Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment. He was also a member of the University of Maine faculty, as associate professor of oceanography in the School of Marine Sciences. Pershing holds a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University and a B.S. in aquatic biology from Brown University.
Nicholas R Record, Andrew Pershing (2020) A note on the effects of epidemic forecasts on epidemic dynamics. PeerJ 8, e9649
Andrew J Allyn, Michael A Alexander, Bradley S Franklin, Felix Massiot-Granier, Andrew J Pershing, James D Scott, Katherine E Mills (2020) Comparing and synthesizing quantitative distribution models and qualitative vulnerability assessments to project marine species distributions under climate change. Plos one 15 (4), e0231595
Sarah R Weiskopf, Madeleine A Rubenstein, Lisa G Crozier, Sarah Gaichas, Roger Griffis, Jessica E Halofsky, Kimberly JW Hyde, Toni Lyn Morelli, Jeffrey T Morisette, Roldan C Muñoz, Andrew J Pershing, David L Peterson, Rajendra Poudel, Michelle D Staudinger, Ariana E Sutton-Grier, Laura Thompson, James Vose, Jake F Weltzin, Kyle Powys Whyte (2020) Climate change effects on biodiversity, ecosystems, ecosystem services, and natural resource management in the United States. Science of the Total Environment, 137782
Andrew J Pershing, Karen Stamieszkin (2020) The North Atlantic Ecosystem, from Plankton to Whales. Annual Review of Marine Science 12, 339-359
Andrew J Pershing, Nicholas R Record, Bradley S Franklin, Brian T Kennedy, Loren McClenachan, Katherine E Mills, James D Scott, Andrew C Thomas, Nicholas H Wolff (2019) Challenges to natural and human communities from surprising ocean temperatures. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116 (37), 18378-18383
Lifei Wang, Lisa A Kerr, Nicholas R Record, Eric Bridger, Benjamin Tupper, Katherine E Mills, Edward M Armstrong, Andrew J Pershing (2018) Modeling marine pelagic fish species spatiotemporal distributions utilizing a maximum entropy approach. Fisheries Oceanography 27 (6), 571-586
Arnault Le Bris, Katherine E Mills, Richard A Wahle, Yong Chen, Michael A Alexander, Andrew J Allyn, Justin G Schuetz, James D Scott, Andrew J Pershing (2018) Climate vulnerability and resilience in the most valuable North American fishery. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 (8), 1831-1836
Andrew J Pershing, Michael A Alexander, Christina M Hernandez, Lisa A Kerr, Arnault Le Bris, Katherine E Mills, Janet A Nye, Nicholas R Record, Hillary A Scannell, James D Scott, Graham D Sherwood, Andrew C Thomas (2015) Slow adaptation in the face of rapid warming leads to collapse of the Gulf of Maine cod fishery. Science 350 (6262), 809-812