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Introducing the Skeptical Science team

Posted on 21 June 2011 by John Cook

Some of you may have noticed Skeptical Science is no longer just the ramblings of a single blogger. For years as I toiled away, I begged, cajoled and entreated people for help in creating content, with little success. The turning point was when I put out a call to action to help explain climate science in plain English. Providing a specific goal and achieveable tasks (converting my intermediate technobabble into plain English) sparked a rush of volunteers (a useful thing to remember for leaders of volunteer organisations). From that moment, the SkS community of authors was born and has steadily developed and evolved into a wondrous thing since then.

Our community of authors are a remarkably diverse bunch of people, from all over the world and with a range of backgrounds. The one thing they share is a passion for communicating climate change. So I've created the Skeptical Science Team page, featuring some of the Skeptical Science authors that contribute to our blog posts and rebuttals - I expect more will add themselves to the list in upcoming weeks. Robert Way has also created a cool map showing which parts of the world we all hail from:

John Cook

John studied physics at the University of Queensland, Australia. After graduating, he majored in solar physics in his post-grad honours year. He is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Western Australia and Adjunct Fellow at the University of Queensland. He recently co-authored the book Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand.


Dana Nuccitelli is an environmental scientist at a private environmental consulting firm in the Sacramento, California area. He has a Bachelor's Degree in astrophysics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master's Degree in physics from the University of California at Davis. He has been researching climate science, economics, and solutions as a hobby since 2006, and has contributed to Skeptical Science since September, 2010.

James Wight

James Wight is a Science student with Macquarie University, Sydney, intending to major in climate science. He has been passionately interested in climate science for several years.

Rob Painting

Rob is an environmentalist, scuba diver, spearfisherman, kayaker and former police officer. Has researched climate science, in an amateur capacity, for 4 years. A long-time reader of Skeptical Science and now contributor.

Robert Way

Robert is a master's student studying at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is currently working on a study quantifying glacier changes in northern Labrador over the past 6000 years. Robert has studied at the University of Ottawa, University of Oslo, Athabasca University and the University of New Brunswick. He has conducted field work in Antarctica, Iceland, Labrador, Norway, Patagonia and Svalbard. As an Inuit descendent climate change is a very important issue for him and particularly how changes in the cryosphere impact daily life in the North.

Daniel Bailey

Daniel studied Earth Science, Cartography and Remote Sensing at Central Michigan University in the United States. After graduating, he took employment with the US Department of Defense in Washington, DC, for many years. Daniel is currently employed in the pharmaceutical industry, where he is much happier. No doubt due to the meds.

Glenn Tamblyn

Glenn studied Mechanical Engineering at Melbourne University. After graduation he worked for several years as a research officer in the Solar Energy research section of the same department. Later he was involved in running several small Engineering/IT companies involved in the Solar and later Automotive industries. Working in Melbourne, Adelaide & China for many years, Glenn & his wife finally made what is known in Australia as a 'TreeChange'; Moved to the country to run a Cafe. Glenn has always had a deep interest in Science for the absolute thrill of it and at times resents the way a planetary emergency forces him to take time away from a damn fine hobby. Having many strengths & weaknesses in life, he makes no claims that photography is one of his strengths. The idea that we would let this beautiful world and the great potential of human culture be at this much risk horrifies him.


Graduated in physics, I got my PhD at the University of Catania (Italy). As an experimental material scientist I spend my working hours mainly in a lab torturing some material and trying to convince it to behave as I wish. Being a long time sailor, I needed to know at least the basics of meteorology. More recently I developed the interest in climate science and thought that I could take advantage of my background in physics to study and communicate it. My dream is to go to Antarctica by sailboat for a scientific mission!

Anne-Marie Blackburn

Anne-Marie studied modern languages and history in Switzerland before getting a Diploma in Environmental Policy and a BSc in Environmental Biology in the UK. She decided to look into climate science more closely during an enforced sabbatical and now enjoys contributing to Skeptical Science, a website she consulted regularly when debating climate science on various websites.

Ari Jokimäki

Ari lives in Finland and has a BSc in computer engineering. He has been studying climate science as a hobbyist and runs his own blog (AGW Observer). In Skeptical Science, Ari translates articles to Finnish, adds papers to the database of peer-reviewed papers, and writes articles every now and then.


Neal J. King has studied physics at the University of California at Berkeley, and is now a telecommunications consultant in Europe. His main interest in the climate-change issue - aside from trying to turn the human race from its current over-the-cliff trajectory - is in the scientific aspects.


Bärbel Winkler lives and works in Germany. She has always had a lot of interest in environmental issues and her focus is now on everything related to climate change. Early in 2010 Bärbel started to organise the translation of Skeptical Science content into German and has been active as a translator since then.


Hoskibui, full name Höskuldur Búi Jónsson is a geologist in Iceland. He is one of the two editors of (loftslag meaning climate) and translator of SkS articles.

Note: the authors are ordered by the number of blog posts they've published (initially it was alphabetical but that made a few authors whose names started with 'A' somewhat nervous about headlining the page).

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Comments 1 to 9:

  1. Thank you John and everyone. Your site gets better day by day and I'm very grateful for the way you keep on top of all the latest attempts at fudging and misleading people. (I often post on another site and try to keep people honest. Yours is the site I refer to most often, because it's just the right pitch for the audience where I post most often). I have learnt so much about climate from trying to explain climate science to other people and especially from the research I've had to do to counter deniers' waffle. This site of yours has been enormously helpful in that regard.
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  2. I too am very grateful for this site! I am using it more and more as a main source of credible information. Or when I can't figure something out I usually start here. Keep up the good work!
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  3. Thanks for this page, John. Its good to be able to put faces to some of the names of folks who have so helpfully and patiently answered my questions. This site is a great resource for those of us without a science background and I've handed out a few copies of "The Scientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism" to freinds who have shown genuine interest in learning about what the science actually says.
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  4. I'll add my thanks to the team. Great work pulling the articles together. SkS is one of the first websites I refer people to if they want to actually learn about climate science (and sometimes even if they don't!)
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  5. It's great to see the faces and bio's behind the writing!
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  6. I sneaked my way in with just one post (and few translations) - but yeah, great to see the faces behind the names :)
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  7. Quality not quantity, Hoskibui ;)
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  8. Stevo @ 3 says it all - great work and thanks. I would love to think that my grandchildren (if my son ever stops spending all his time trying to avoid having them) will find this page on their old granddad's computer and be able to see that at least some people of this time weren't completely selfish with no concern for the lot of future generations.
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  9. What's an adjunct lecturer and an adjunct fellow please? WA is a long way from Qld. How does that work? I agree with all the comments above. Congrats.
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