Gene Takle is professor of Atmospheric Science and Agricultural Meteorology and Director of the ISU Climate Science Initiative. He holds a BA degree in physics and mathematics from Luther College and a Ph. D. in physics from Iowa State University. He has been a member of the ISU faculty since 1971.
Takle’s research interests include computer modeling of microclimates created by shelterbelts; regional impacts of global climate change; and improvements in roadway weather forecasts.
He has over 250 scientific papers and presentations. He serves as associate editor of two international scientific journals relating to atmospheric science and climate. His research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, NASA, USDA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Iowa Department of Transportation.
He serves on numerous national scientific review panels and served as contributing author and reviewer of the Third and Fourth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.