Jeffrey Kiehl is a senior scientist for the Climate Change Research Section at NCAR and has carried out research on climate change for over 25 years, focusing on climate effects due to changes in greenhouse gases and ozone. Dr. Kiehl has also served on a number of National Research Council panels and committees and is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. He is currently investigating connections between psychology and environmental issues. Dr. Kiehl received his PhD in atmospheric sciences from the State University of New York at Albany and has an M.A. in psychology from Regis University and is a Training Candidate in the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts.
Dr. Kiehl developed a deep concern for the environment while working on simulations of Earth's past and future climates. He began to see how Earth has responded to greenhouse gases in the past and how these changes will affect Earth in the 21st and 22nd centuries. The results led him to ask: Why do humans mistreat Nature? How do we develop our values of Nature? Dr. Kiehl has been exploring these questions through his interests in climate, depth psychology, and phenomenology for the past few years.
Dr. Kiehl grew up in south central Pennsylvania in a small town surrounded by farmland. His first recollections of nature are playing in a tree house in field next to his house. He remembers the sights and smells of the country even today. For as long as he can remember, he has felt a deep connection to animals, their wisdom and caring.