Patrick J. Michaels was the director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute. Michaels is a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists and was program chair for the Committee on Applied Climatology of the American Meteorological Society. He was a research professor of Environmental Sciences at University of Virginia for 30 years. Michaels was a contributing author and is a reviewer of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

His writing has been published in the major scientific journals, including Climate Research, Climatic Change, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Climate, Nature, and Science, as well as in popular serials worldwide. He is the author or editor of six books on climate and its impact, and he was an author of the climate “paper of the year” awarded by the Association of American Geographers in 2004. He has appeared on most of the worldwide major media.

Michaels holds AB and SM degrees in biological sciences and plant ecology from the University of Chicago, and he received a PhD in ecological climatology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1979.

More from Patrick J. Michaels


Are Climate Models Overpredicting Global Warming?

The Hill (Online). January 31, 2019.

Ratifying Kigali Amendment Is All Pain, No Gain

The Hill (Online). November 9, 2018.

Trump’s Choice for Science Adviser Should Be Confirmed

The Hill (Online). August 20, 2018.

Cato Studies

The Case Against a U.S. Carbon Tax

Policy Analysis No. 801. October 17, 2016.

Climate Models and Climate Reality: A Closer Look at a Lukewarming World

Working Paper No. 35. December 15, 2015.

The Case against a Carbon Tax

Working Paper No. 33. September 4, 2015.


Reconciliation of Competing Climate Science and Policy Paradigms

Air and Waste Management Association., Paper CC-38., in Finding Common Ground on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. October 10, 2017.

Quantifying the Lack of Consistency between Climate Model Projections and Observations of the Evolution of the Earth’s Average Surface Temperature since the Mid-20th Century

AGU Fall Meeting. December 18, 2014.

Climate Change, Heat Waves, and Adaptation

AGU Science Policy Conference. June 17, 2014.