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Public Media Articles

The Scientists Watching Their Life’s Work Disappear,” interviews by Catrin Einhorn, photos by Thea Traff, New York Times, October 26, 2023 (digital), October 29, 2023 (print). (Patrick Gonzalez one of several people featured)

The case for hope,” Science of Happiness podcast, Greater Good Science Center, University of California, Berkeley, April 22, 2023. (Dacher Keltner interviews Patrick Gonzalez, second of two people interviewed)

One scientist offers a sunny outlook about climate change,” article on Patrick Gonzalez by Jessica Wolfrom, San Francisco Examiner, March 29, 2023.

Climate fix: What does climate change mean for California’s extreme weather?” Forum, KQED public radio, San Francisco, California, January 18, 2023. (Patrick Gonzalez one of several people featured)

Why was the 2022 California fire season so quiet? UC Berkeley professor explains what changed,” video interview of Scott Stephens by KCRA NBC TV, Sacramento, California, December 15, 2022.

Climate change and wildfire,” video interview of Patrick Gonzalez, American Association for the Advancement of Science, SciLine, July 22, 2022.

How the climate crisis is forever changing our national parks,” article by Rachel Ramirez, CNN, July 2, 2022. (Steve Beissinger one of several people featured)

Glass half full,” article on Patrick Gonzalez by Kate Siber, National Parks magazine, June 15, 2022.

Why are American national parks filled with plastic?” opinion by Jonathan B. Jarvis and Christy Leavitt, The Guardian, May 3, 2022.

Latest IPCC report on climate impacts,” interview of Patrick Gonzalez by Ethan Elkind and Joseph Pace, KALW public radio, San Francisco, California, March 7, 2022.

U.N. climate report underscores urgency of cutting carbon emissions,” interview of Patrick Gonzalez by Kara Manke, University of California, Berkeley, February 28, 2022.

Billions of dollars spent on fighting California wildfires, but little on prevention,” article by Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times, December 23, 2020. (Patrick Gonzalez one of several people featured)

The Biden administration can’t stop wildfires. But it can make them less destructive,” article by Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post, December 22, 2020. (Patrick Gonzalez one of several people featured)

Keeping US national parks open during the shutdown is a terrible mistake,” opinion by Jonathan Jarvis, The Guardian, January 3, 2019.

Science of Happiness podcast

Dacher Keltner, University of California, Berkeley, Professor of Psychology and Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity, helps people to be happy. The Science of Happiness podcast sends out his messages and insightful interviews with thoughtful people on science-based practices to improve emotional well-being. Co-produced by Public Radio Exchange and the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center.

Public Speeches and Presentations

A. Starker Leopold Lecture 2023, University of California, Berkeley, Jerry Emory and Alison Forrestel "Origins and Innovations of Science in the U.S. National Parks" September 27, 2023.

Earth Day, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison, first plenary, Patrick Gonzalez “Human-Caused Climate Change, Global Biodiversity, and Solutions” April 18, 2023.

Rutgers Climate Institute Symposium, Rutgers University, New Jersey, keynote, Patrick Gonzalez “Human-Caused Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity and Solutions for the Future” November 9, 2022.

National Association of State Park Directors Conference, Sunriver, Oregon, keynote, day 1, Patrick Gonzalez “Human-Caused Climate Change in U.S. National and State Parks” September 7, 2022.

International Association of Wildland Fire, Fire and Climate Conference, Pasadena, California, first keynote, Patrick Gonzalez “Human-Caused Climate Change, Wildfire, and Solutions” May 23, 2022.

Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Scientific Plenary, Patrick Gonzalez “Ecological Integrity and Solutions under Anthropogenic Climate Change” August 3, 2021.

A. Starker Leopold Lecture 2018, University of California, Berkeley, Jordan Fisher Smith “Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature” September 27, 2018.

John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Harvard University, Massachusetts, E.O. Wilson and Jonathan Jarvis “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and the Future of Conservation in America” March 28, 2018.