Jonathan Patz, MD, M.P.H., is professor and John P. Holton Chair in the Environment, and director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. For the past 15 years, Patz served as a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC)—the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. He also co-chaired the health expert panel of the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change, a report mandated by the U.S. Congress. Patz has written over 90 peer‐reviewed scientific papers, a textbook addressing the health effects of global environmental change and, most recently, co‐edited the five‐volume Encyclopedia of Environmental Health (2011). He has been invited to brief both houses of Congress and has served on several scientific committees of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Patz served as Founding President of the International Association for Ecology and Health.