Katharine Hayhoe

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Katharine Anne Scott Hayhoe
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Born (1972-04-15) April 15, 1972 (age 47)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Toronto
Known forClimate change policy, global climate models
Spouse(s)Andrew Farley
Scientific career
FieldsAtmospheric science, political science
InstitutionsTexas Tech University

Katharine Anne Scott Hayhoe (born April 15, 1972)[1] is an atmospheric scientist and professor of political science at Texas Tech University, where she is director of the Climate Science Center.[2] She is also the CEO of the consulting firm ATMOS Research and Consulting.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Hayhoe is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[4]

Hayhoe received a degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Toronto,[4] and her masters' and PhD in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[5] Her Ph.D. committee was chaired by Donald Wuebbles.[6]


Hayhoe has worked at Texas Tech since 2005.[7] She has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed publications,[8] and wrote the book A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions together with her husband, Andrew Farley.[9] She also co-authored some reports for the US Global Change Research Program, as well as some National Academy of Sciences reports,[10] including the 3rd National Climate Assessment, released on May 6, 2014. Shortly after the report was released, Hayhoe said, "Climate change is here and now, and not in some distant time or place," adding that "The choices we're making today will have a significant impact on our future."[11] She has also served as an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report.[12]

Professor John Abraham has called her "perhaps the best communicator on climate change."[13] Time magazine listed her among the 100 most influential people in 2014.[14][15] Also in 2014, the American Geophysical Union awarded her its climate communications award.[16] The first episode of the documentary TV series Years of Living Dangerously features her work and her communication with religious audiences in Texas.[17]

On September 16, 2019 Hayhoe was named one of the United Nations Champions of the Earth in the science and innovation category.[18]

Newt Gingrich book[edit]

Hayhoe wrote a chapter of a book by Newt Gingrich about climate change in 2009, and, in 2011, was told by Gingrich's co-author, Terry Maple, that it had been accepted.[19] Gingrich announced in late 2011 that this chapter was dropped on his request, saying "We didn't know that they were doing that, and we told them to kill it."[20]

Upon finding out that her chapter had been dropped, Hayhoe stated, "I had not heard that" and tweeted that she had spent over 100 unpaid hours working on the chapter.[21] Some have speculated that Gingrich dropped her chapter because Marc Morano, who is not a scientist, wrote many articles on his website, Climate Depot, attacking her findings.[19] This, as well as her appearing on Bill O'Reilly's TV show, led to her receiving nearly 200 hate-mail messages the following day.[4][22] Shortly after, the conservative PAC American Tradition Institute filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act for Hayhoe's public university employer to release her notes and emails related to the writing of the unpublished chapter for the Gingrich book.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Hayhoe, who is an evangelical Christian, is the daughter of missionaries.[13] She has stated that admitting her life as a Christian and a scientist is "like coming out of the closet".[24] Her father, Doug Hayhoe, is a former science and technology coordinator for the Toronto District School Board,[25] and is currently an associate professor of education at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto.[26] Hayhoe credits her father as an inspiration with regard to her belief that science and religion do not have to conflict with one another.[27]

She met her husband, Andrew Farley, while doing graduate studies at the University of Illinois. Farley is a linguist and the pastor of an evangelical church in Lubbock, Texas.[13]


  1. ^ "Katharine H Farley - United States Public Records". FamilySearch. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Katharine Hayhoe profile". Nova (American TV series). Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  3. ^ Kolodny, Lora (3 October 2016). "Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio and scientist Katharine Hayhoe talk climate change at SXSL". TechCrunch. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Thanh Ha, Tu (January 10, 2012). "Canadian climate scientist finds fame, hate mail in U.S." The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  5. ^ Gewin, Virginia (25 June 2014). "Turning point: Katharine Hayhoe". Nature. 510 (7506): 567–567. doi:10.1038/nj7506-567a.
  6. ^ A standardized framework for evaluating the skill of regional climate downscaling techniques (PDF) (Ph.D. thesis). University of Illinois. 2010-05-19.
  7. ^ Galbraith, Kate (22 September 2011). "Katharine Hayhoe: The TT Interview". Texas Tribune. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Katharine Hayhoe". Google Scholar. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  9. ^ Samenow, Jason. "Climate leaders Sullivan and Hayhoe make TIME 100 Most Influential People", The Washington Post, April 24, 2014
  10. ^ Hayhoe's biography Archived 2014-05-06 at the Wayback Machine, katharinehayhoe.com; accessed May 6, 2014.
  11. ^ Rice, Doyl (6 May 2014). "Federal report gauges U.S. impacts of global warming". USA Today. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  12. ^ Turrentine, Jeff (9 April 2014). ""The facts are not enough"". Salon. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  13. ^ a b c Banerjee, Neela (December 7, 2011). "Spreading the global warming gospel". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  14. ^ Romm, Joe (April 24, 2014). "Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Star of Showtime Climate Series, Makes TIME 100 Most Influential People List". ThinkProgress.
  15. ^ Zaimov, Stoyan (April 24, 2014). "TIME's 100 Most Influential People: Evangelical Christian Scientist Featured for Climate Change Work". Christian Post.
  16. ^ Gertz, Emily (3 July 2014). "Meet the Scientist Who Might End the Climate Culture Wars". Popular Science. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  17. ^ Mooney, Chris (May 2, 2014). "How To Convince Conservative Christians That Global Warming Is Real". Mother Jones. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  18. ^ "Canadian Professor Katharine Hayhoe named UN Champion of the Earth". UNEP. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  19. ^ a b Roberts, David (January 17, 2012). "Chatting with the climate scientist Newt dissed". Grist. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  20. ^ Sheppard, Kate (January 6, 2012). "Newt Dumps Christian Climate Scientist". Mother Jones. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  21. ^ Huisenga, Sarah (December 30, 2011). "Gingrich kills chapter on climate change in upcoming book". CBS News. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  22. ^ "Texas Tech Scientist Sees Intimidation Effort Behind Barrage of Hate Mail". Texas Climate News. Huston Advanced Research Center. January 30, 2012. Archived from the original on August 30, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  23. ^ Tom Clynes, "The Battle Over Climate Science", Popular Science, June 21. 2012, Retrieved September 11, 2016
  24. ^ "Katharine Hayhoe". pbs.org. WGBH-TV. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  25. ^ "Missionary from Toronto winning converts — on climate change". TheStar.com. January 9, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2013.
  26. ^ "Dr. Doug Hayhoe", faculty listing, Tyndale University College and Seminary, accessed May 6, 2014
  27. ^ Mooney, Chris (3 May 2014). "Why Should Evangelical Christians Care About Climate Change?". Slate. Retrieved 7 November 2014.

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