Andrew Pershing


Andrew Pershing, Ph.D. is director of climate science at Climate Central, focusing on expanding public awareness and understanding of climate science across disciplines. His role includes bridging primary research and media analysis of findings and impacts to amplify critical work on climate change and make it accessible to audiences around the world. As a scientist, Pershing has led interdisciplinary research teams to study the impact of global warming on marine ecosystems in the northwest Atlantic. More recently, his work has focused on how climate trends interact with decisions that people make. He was the lead author for the Oceans and Marine Resources chapter of the Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment. As a communicator, Pershing has deep experience working with journalists to present climate science on air and in print, including featured interviews on NPR and in the New York Times, The Guardian, and the Boston Globe.
Previously Pershing served as chief scientific officer for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, where he headed the Climate Change Ecology Lab. He was also a member of the University of Maine faculty, as associate professor of oceanography in the School of Marine Sciences. Pershing holds a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University and a B.S. in aquatic biology from Brown University.

Selected Publications

Nicholas R Record, Andrew Pershing (2020) A note on the effects of epidemic forecasts on epidemic dynamicsPeerJ 8, e9649

Andrew J Allyn, Michael A Alexander, Bradley S Franklin, Felix Massiot-Granier, Andrew J Pershing, James D Scott, Katherine E Mills (2020) Comparing and synthesizing quantitative distribution models and qualitative vulnerability assessments to project marine species distributions under climate changePlos one 15 (4), e0231595

Sarah R Weiskopf, Madeleine A Rubenstein, Lisa G Crozier, Sarah Gaichas, Roger Griffis, Jessica E Halofsky, Kimberly JW Hyde, Toni Lyn Morelli, Jeffrey T Morisette, Roldan C Muñoz, Andrew J Pershing, David L Peterson, Rajendra Poudel, Michelle D Staudinger, Ariana E Sutton-Grier, Laura Thompson, James Vose, Jake F Weltzin, Kyle Powys Whyte (2020) Climate change effects on biodiversity, ecosystems, ecosystem services, and natural resource management in the United StatesScience of the Total Environment, 137782

Andrew J Pershing, Karen Stamieszkin (2020) The North Atlantic Ecosystem, from Plankton to WhalesAnnual Review of Marine Science 12, 339-359

Andrew J Pershing, Nicholas R Record, Bradley S Franklin, Brian T Kennedy, Loren McClenachan, Katherine E Mills, James D Scott, Andrew C Thomas, Nicholas H Wolff (2019) Challenges to natural and human communities from surprising ocean temperaturesProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116 (37), 18378-18383

Lifei Wang, Lisa A Kerr, Nicholas R Record, Eric Bridger, Benjamin Tupper, Katherine E Mills, Edward M Armstrong, Andrew J Pershing (2018) Modeling marine pelagic fish species spatiotemporal distributions utilizing a maximum entropy approachFisheries Oceanography 27 (6), 571-586

Arnault Le Bris, Katherine E Mills, Richard A Wahle, Yong Chen, Michael A Alexander, Andrew J Allyn, Justin G Schuetz, James D Scott, Andrew J Pershing (2018) Climate vulnerability and resilience in the most valuable North American fisheryProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 (8), 1831-1836

Andrew J Pershing, Michael A Alexander, Christina M Hernandez, Lisa A Kerr, Arnault Le Bris, Katherine E Mills, Janet A Nye, Nicholas R Record, Hillary A Scannell, James D Scott, Graham D Sherwood, Andrew C Thomas (2015) Slow adaptation in the face of rapid warming leads to collapse of the Gulf of Maine cod fishery. Science 350 (6262), 809-812