Dr. Thomas Pedersen was appointed Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions beginning September 1, 2009. His previous positions included dean of science (2003-2009) and director of the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria (2002-2003), and associate dean, research, for the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of British Columbia (2000-mid 2002). Pedersen holds a degree in geology from UBC and a PhD in marine geochemistry from the University of Edinburgh. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He is an internationally recognized authority on ocean chemistry, has published extensively in the field of paleoceanography, and has longstanding interests in climate change issues and the application of government policy to climate-change mitigation and adaptation.