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Dr. Wendy Parker

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Dr. Wendy Parker joined Virginia Tech as a professor of philosophy in August 2020. Her research is in the area of the philosophy of science, with a focus on issues in climate science and meteorology. She is interested in how scientists have developed evidence that global climate change is occurring and is anthropogenic and, especially, in the role of computational modeling in this regard. More broadly, she is interested in how evidence for scientific claims is obtained and evaluated.

Currently, Dr. Parker is a contributing author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report and a member of the US Climate Variability and Predictability Program (CLIVAR) Ocean Uncertainty Quantification Working Group. At a previous university, she helped to lead an interdisciplinary Environmental Studies program and also served on the university President’s Advisory Council on Sustainability Planning. Before that, she spent a year working as a Congressional Science Fellow on the staff of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Dr. Parker welcome opportunities for research collaborations with faculty working in climate science, meteorology and other environment-related sciences. In spring 2021, she is teaching a graduate seminar on philosophical issues in climate science, and looks forward to contributing to discussions exploring climate change science, ethics, and policy.