John Chiang

UC Berkeley Professor


John Chiang is Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley.  He earned an M.S. in Physics at Cornell University, and a Ph.D. (awarded with distinction) in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. After a two-year stint as a NOAA Climate and Global Change postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington, he started his current faculty position at UC Berkeley. Dr. Chiang’s research focus is on global climate dynamics working on both contemporary and paleoclimate research questions, and with a focus on understanding mechanisms of tropical rainfall changes. His teaching interests include climate and atmospheric dynamics, and the science and implications of global warming.  Dr. Chiang served as co-Chief Editor of the Journal of Climate between 2015-2020.