Rob Dunbar is the W.M. Keck Professor of Earth Sciences at Stanford University. His research looks at the earth and ocean as an interconnected system over time including climate dynamics, oceanography, marine ecology and biogeochemistry. He teaches field classes around the globe that focus on coral reefs, geology, ice, mountains and the intersection of humans and nature. Dunbar is interested in environmental policy directed towards problem solving. He engages in interdisciplinary studies of global change in collaboration with environmental scientists, economists, lawyers and policy specialists and works with the United Nations Foundation in support of the Small Island and Developing States (SIDS) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He also works with artists and musicians on communicating environmental science through the humanities. In 2016, he received an international lifetime achievement medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research. Dunbar received his undergraduate degree in Earth Science from the University of Texas in Austin and his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. In his spare time, you will find him sailing, climbing mountains, dog-sledding, and photographing wildlife. Since first visiting Sitka in 2002 it has become one of his favorite places to visit.