Glen MacDonald
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Distinguished Professor, Geography
Department: Geography, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
La Kretz Hall, Room 300B
Phone: (310) 206-5082


B.A. Hons. Geography, University of California Berkeley
M.Sc. Geography, University of Calgary
Ph.D. Botany, University of Toronto

Glen M. MacDonald is an international authority on the environmental effects of climate change and drought.

Dr. MacDonald is a UCLA professor of geography and of ecology and evolutionary biology and Director of the multidisciplinary UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES). Dr. MacDonald leads the IoES in educating the next generation of professional and scientific leadership committed to the health of the planet, driving interdisciplinary environment and sustainability research, and creating outreach opportunities with businesses, non-profit organizations, policy makers and the community.

His areas of interest are paleoclimatology, environmental reconstruction, water resources, global change issues, climate change and societal impact, and biogeography. Dr. MacDonald has researched environmental change across the globe in places such as the southwestern United States, Canada, Mexico, Egypt, Syria, India, West Africa, Russian Eurasia and the Arctic.

He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Guggenheim Fellowship award winner, recipient of the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award and UC Presidential Chair.

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