Founder, The Climate Foundation, Woods Hole, MA
Brian Von Herzen obtained his A.B. in Physics, Magna Cum Laude, from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Computer and Planetary Science from Caltech where he was the recipient of the prestigious Hertz Fellowship. While at Princeton, Brian spent four years working closely with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. At Princeton, his dissertation on global climate models demonstrated how changes in the Earth’s orbit affects climate. During his Caltech years Brian worked on models being developed for terraforming Mars—a problem related to Earth’s climate change challenge. From these experiences he acquired a detailed understanding of the Earth’s carbon cycle and envisioned a solution to global warming using a technology-based complex of natural biogeochemical interactions, including the use of biochar to sequester carbon.