Richard S. J. Tol is a Senior Research Officer at the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin; the Michael Otto Professor of Sustainability and Global Change at the Centre for Marine and Climate Research, Hamburg University; a Principal Researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam; and an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. The second-most prolific Dutch economist, Dr. Tol has 98 publications in learned journals and many other ones. An economist and statistician, he is interested in climate change, natural disasters, marine resources, tourism, land use, and water management. He is an editor of Energy Economics. He has played an active role in international bodies such as the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the European Forum on Integrated Environmental Assessment.