Zurich Funds Distinguished Visitors

The Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitors program allows the Bren School to host international leaders in environmental policy, law, business, and science to enrich and expand the intellectual life of the Bren School community and share insight on issues critical to climate change. Activities of the visitors, who are in residence for periods ranging from one week to one quarter, include teaching short courses, offering public lectures, conducting seminars, and leading colloquia and symposia planned around their research, professional endeavors, or areas of expertise.


Distinguished Visitor for Winter Quarter 2016

John Krebs, Oxford University; Chair, Adaptation Sub-Committee, UK Climate Change Committee; Member, House of Lords, United Kingdom Parliament
Dr. Krebs will be in residence at the Bren School from Jan. 11-22. His public colloquium is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 13 from 11:30 - 12:30 at Bren Hall.

John Krebs is a non-political-party member of the House of Lords in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. He sits on the UK Climate Change Committee and chairs its Adaptation Sub-Committee. From 2010-2014, he chaired the Science and Technology Select Committee of the House of Lords, and from 2005-2015 he was principal of Jesus College at Oxford University. He earned both his bachelor's degree in zoology and his PhD in population biology at Oxford. Dr. Krebs served as the inaugural head of the UK Food Standards Agency from 2000-2005, and as chief executive of the UK Natural Environment Research Council from 1994-1999. He has been a professor at Oxford since 1988. Dr. Krebs is a foreign member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published over 300 scientific articles, commentaries, and books and received numerous honors and awards for his contributions to science.


Past Visitors
Steve Polasky, May 2015
Charles Godfray, April 2015
Tim Flannery, May 2014
Tom Swetnam, March 2014; see the video
Don Wuebbles, May 2013
; see the video
Margaret Davidson, April 2013; see the video
Andy Revkin, May 2012; see the video
Edward S. Rubin, February 2012; see the video
Dennis Ojima, October 2011; see the video
Denny Ellerman, March 2011;see the video
David Tilman, January 2011; see the video
Virgilio Viana, October 2010; see the video
Mike Toman, April 2010; see the video
Matt Kahn, January 2010; see the video
Lynn Scarlett, October 2009; see the video
Richard Duke, April 2009; see the video
Thomas Lyon, February 2009; see the video
Stephen Schneider, October 2008; see the video