William Collins, Director, Climate Readiness Institute

William Collins, Director, Climate Readiness Institute


  • Senior Scientist and Division Director, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
  • Professor in Residence, Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • Director, Climate Readiness Institute

William Collins is an internationally recognized expert in climate modeling and climate change science. His personal research concerns the interactions among greenhouse gases and aerosols, the coupled climate system, and global environmental change.

At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Dr. Collins serves as the Director for the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division. At the University of California, Berkeley, he teaches in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science and directs the multi-campus Climate Readiness Institute (CRI).

Dr. Collins’s role in launching the Department of Energy’s Accelerated Climate Model for Energy (ACME) program was awarded the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary’s Achievement Award on May 7, 2015. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was a Lead Author on the Fourth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), for which the IPCC was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, and was also a Lead Author on the recent Fifth Assessment.

Before joining Berkeley and Berkeley Lab, Dr. Collins was a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and served as Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee for the DOE/NSF Community Climate System Model project.

Dr. Collins received his undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University and earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Chicago.