As a Matter of Fact: Dr. Ken Caldeira Interview

Dr. Caldeira joins Nuclear Matters for an exclusive interview to discuss his latest research on how nuclear energy fits in to a cost-efficient pathway to net-zero and the implications for both policy influencers and nuclear energy advocates. 

Dr. Ken Caldeira is a renowned climate scientist, and he has provided expertise to Bill Gates since 2007. He is also a Senior Staff Scientist (emeritus) in the Carnegie Institution for Science Department of Global Ecology and Professor (by courtesy) in the Stanford University Department of Earth System Sciences. He maintains a research group in the Carnegie Institution for Science facilities on the Stanford University campus. Dr. Caldeira was a Carnegie investigator from 2005 to 2020 and was a lead author for the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR5 report and was coordinating lead author of the oceans chapter for the 2005 IPCC report on carbon capture and storage. He was a co-author of the 2010 US National Academy America's Climate Choices report, and he participated in the UK Royal Society geoengineering panel in 2009 and ocean acidification panel in 2005. He was a lead author of the 2007 U.S. “State of the Carbon Cycle Report.” In 2010, Dr. Caldeira was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. 

From the early 1990s to 2005, Dr. Caldeira worked with the Energy and Environment Directorate at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as an Edward Teller Fellow. Dr. Caldeira also did post-doctoral research at Penn State University. He earned both his M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from New York University and received his B.A. from Rutgers College. In the 1980’s, he held a number of positions developing computer software for various clients in New York’s financial district. 

Check out the video to hear a great conversation and find out more about his perspective on nuclear energy’s role in deep decarbonization! 

“As a Matter of Fact” is an interview series powered by Nuclear Matters which gives experts and thought leaders a forum to discuss nuclear energy’s role in protecting the environment, promoting economic stability and enhancing national security.