Chris de Freitas is a climate scientist in the School of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Auckland, where he has been Head of Science and Technology at the Tamaki campus and Pro Vice Chancellor. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Toronto and a PhD from the University of Queensland as a Commonwealth Scholar. For 10 years he was as an editor of the international journal Climate Research. He is an advocate of open and well-informed reporting on scientific issues. In recognition of this, he has three times been the recipient of the New Zealand Association of Scientists’ Science Communicator Award.