Dr. David Pearson is a Professor in the School of the Environment, working in the Vale Living with Lakes Centre at Laurentian University. He is an earth scientist and was a member of the Department of Earth Sciences from 1969 until 2005 when he became one of the two founding Co-Directors of the Laurentian University / Science North Graduate Diploma Program in Science Communication. From 1980 to 1986 he was on leave from Laurentian as the Project Director and then Founding Director of Science North.
From 2001 to 2007 David was founding Chair of the Ontario Office of the Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network housed at Laurentian and is now science advisor to its successor, the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources. From 2008 to June 2010 he was Co-Chair of the Ontario government’s Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and also chaired the provincial government’s Science Advisory Panel for Ontario’s Far North Initiative. He has hosted two TV series: “Understanding the Earth” (TV Ontario) and “Down to Earth” (Mid Canada TV); and was “Dr. Dave”, the scientist for CBC Northern Ontario’s weekly Radio Lab” from 1982 to 1997.