Tony Broccoli is far from your average researcher. Not only has he completed many studies and research, but that very research he completed is unknowingly affecting us all. This all began at Rutgers University where he studied and majored in meteorology as an undergraduate. Dr. Broccoli said “I was always interested in weather and ever since the age of five or six I was hooked.” He continued his studies and obtained his masters degree in meteorology. That wasn’t enough for Tony, so he pursued and obtained a doctorate degree in environmental sciences from Rutgers University in 1998. He said he was and still is driven and inspired by pure curiosity and the interest to understand how the climate changes, not only now but how it changed in the past. One can say that Dr. Tony Broccoli has a true passion for his field of study/research and his work really shows that.
Some of his most groundbreaking works have consisted of taking part in some of the first simulations of the climate in the last ice age, understanding the north south shifts in tropical rainfall, and the anthropogenic warming of our climate. In fact, in his published article in Science, titled Anthropogenic Warming of Earth’s Climate System, Dr. Tony Broccoli goes on to explain how we humans are causing the warming of our planets atmosphere through an increase in carbon dioxide emissions into our atmosphere and as a result, increasing oceanic temperatures which cause an increase in sea level. This research primarily showed how we humans have caused oceanic temperatures to increase over the years through our direct impact and production of pollutants into our atmosphere.
His work has truly changed the game in his field, and with funding that was backed by the Natural Science Association, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, and the U.S. Department of Energy, he has to be doing something right.