Paul Schopf, Professor of Oceanography, holds Sc.B and Sc.M. degrees in engineering from Brown University and Ph.D. in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from Princeton. Professor Schopf is well known for his work on computer modeling of the ocean and climate, particularly his pioneering work on the theoretical basis for the climate variability known as El Nino. His current research involves with modeling societal response to climate change (with Professor Cioffi of the Center for Social Complexity) and understanding how climate change may affect El Nino.
He spent nearly 20 years at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center before joining the George Mason in 1997, where he served as Associate Dean for Research upon the creation of the College of Science, following 4 years as Assistant Dean for Research in the School for Computational Sciences. Professor Schopf has served on several national and international scientific committees, advisory boards and panels related to Climate Variability and Change, High Performance Computing and Communication, and Oceanography. He has over 60 publications and conference proceedings, and his work has been cited over 1250 times in the scientific literature.