Gavin A. Schmidt

NASA GISS

When I was much younger, I assumed that progress in a career (or indeed, life), was a smooth, incremental climb to success. Looking back, I see instead the chasms, the asteroids, and a series of seemingly trivial decisions that ended up having the biggest consequences. Nonetheless, there are things that I picked up along the way that have molded the kind of science I do, and the approach I take to being a (semi-accidental) public scientist in the contested subject of climate change.