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Independent experts nominated by country party

Patrick Gonzalez

First name
Last name
Nominating Country
Date of Nomination
Other Disciplines
Natural Resource Management
Climate change and adaptation
Thematic Areas
Carbon sequestration
Climate change
UN languages spoken



Job function
Climate Change Scientist
Natural Resource Stewardship and Science, US National Park Service
Telephone number
1 202 513-7185
Work experience
Climate Change Scientist, U.S. National Park Service, 2010-present; Visiting Scholar, Center for Forestry, University of California, Berkeley, 2009-2010; Climate Change Scientist, Nature Conservancy, 2003–2008; Desertification and Climate Change Advisor, U.S. Geological Survey, 2000–2003; Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET), U.S. Agency for International Development, 1999-2002; American Association for the Advancement of Science Diplomacy Fellow, U.S. Agency for International Development, 1998–2000; Post Doctoral Fellow in Natural Resource Management, Woods Hole Research Center, 1998; Fulbright Scholar, Louga, Senegal, 1993–1994; Projet de Boisements Villageois Intégrés à Louga, Bakel, et Mbacké (PROBOVIL), United Nations Development Programme, Senegal, project technical advisor, 1990-1991; Peace Corps, Senegal, rural forestry and community-based natural resource management volunteer, 1988-1990; Geographical area of Experience: African Sahel, North America, South America
Highest Academic achievement and qualification
Ph.D., Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley_x000D_
M.S., Environmental Engineering, Stanford University_x000D_
B.S., Natural Resources, Cornell University
Number of Publications
Publication titles
(1) Gonzalez, P., C.J. Tucker, and H. Sy. 2012. Tree density and species decline in the African Sahel attributable to climate. Journal of Arid Environments 78: 55-64; (2) Gonzalez, P. 2001. Desertification and a shift of forest species in the West African Sahel. Climate Research 17: 217-228; (3) Gonzalez, P., R.P. Neilson, J.M. Lenihan, and R.J. Drapek. 2010. Global patterns in the vulnerability of ecosystems to vegetation shifts due to climate change. Global Ecology and Biogeography 19: 755-768; (4) Allen, C.D., A.K. Macalady, H. Chenchouni, D. Bachelet, N. McDowell, M. Vennetier, T. Kitzberger, A. Rigling, D.D. Breshears, E.H. Hogg, P. Gonzalez, R. Fensham, Z. Zhang, J. Castro, N. Demidova, J.H. Lim, G. Allard, S.W. Running, A. Semerci, and N. Cobb. 2010. A global overview of drought and heat-induced tree mortality reveals emerging climate change risks for forests. Forest Ecology and Management 259: 660-684; (5) Desanker, P., C. Magadza, A. Allali, C. Basalirwa, M. Boko, G. Dieudonne, T.E. Downing, P.O. Dube, A. Githeko, M. Githendu, P. Gonzalez, D. Gwary, B. Jallow, J. Nwafor, and R. Scholes. 2001. Africa. In Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Climate Change 2001: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
Other activities
(1) U.S. Government delegation, Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification COP-2, Dakar, Senegal; COP-3, Recife, Brazil; COP-4, Bonn, Germany; _x000D_
(2) U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification Ad Hoc Panel on Early Warning Systems, participant; _x000D_
(3) UN Convention to Combat Desertification, Assessing the UNCCD process and identifying challenges ahead, Round Table, New York, participant; _x000D_
(4) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, lead author, contributing author
(1) U.S. Fulbright Scholar; _x000D_
(2) Certificate of Contribution to the Award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; _x000D_
(3) National Academy of Sciences of the USA, Kavli Frontiers of Science speaker and organizer
Organisation name
US National Park Service
Organisation street address
1201 l Street NW_x000D_
U.S. National Park Service_x000D_
20005-5905 USA, 200005-5905
Organisation city
Washington, DC
Organisation country
United States of America