Steven Hamburg is Chief Scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund and an adjunct associate professor of environmental studies at Brown University. At the time of filming, he was an associate professor of environmental studies and the director of the Global Environment Program at the Watson Institute at Brown. He is an ecosystem ecologist specializing in the impacts of disturbance on forest structure and function. His research activities have focused on linking climate change impacts to climate change mitigation, including in the corporate sector. He has served as an advisor to both corporations and non-governmental organizations and was awarded an Environmental Merit award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for his climate change-related activities. At Brown, he has served as the advisor for the environmental science concentration and graduate advisor for the Center for Environmental Studies. He has published widely including in Nature and Science and has served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Hamburg came to Brown in 1995 after spending a year at Environmental Defense working on climate change-related issues and nine years at the University of Kansas, where he directed the Environmental Studies Program and served as Environmental Ombudsman. He received his graduate training at Yale University, held a post-doctoral position at Stanford University, and was a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University.