University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002, PhD
Duke University, MEM
McMaster University, BA Sc
I am a climate scientist focused on helping the world prevent and prepare for climate change.
My research program lies primarily at the intersection of climate change science, marine science, and policy. The specific research areas evolve over time in response to advances in climate change knowledge and to real-world events. Prospective students and post-doctoral researchers should check my personal web site for current and planned areas of work, as well as for guidance for applicants.
I take my privileged position as a professor seriously, and spend a lot of my time translating the science of climate change to different audiences in hopes of helping people make better decisions about the future.
I was a lead author on the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment and serve as an appointed member of Canada’s Net-Zero Advisory Body, which advises the federal government on achieving net-zero emissions.
Cannon, S. E. Liu, A. and S. Donner. 2023. Interactions between local disturbance and climate-driven heat stress on central Pacific coral reefs. Marine Ecology Progress Series 709: 17-31.
Cannon, S. E. Donner, S. Liu, A. González Espinosa, P. C. Baird, A. H. Baum, J. K. Bauman, A. G. Beger, M. Benkwitt, C. E. Birt, M. J. Chancerelle, Y. Cinner, J. E. Crane, N. L. Denis, V. Depczynski, M. Fadli, N. Fenner, D. Fulton, C. J. Golbuu, Y. Graham, N. AJ. Guest, J. Harrison, H. B. Hobbs, J-P. A. Hoey, A. S. Holmes, T. H. Houk, P. Januchowski‐Hartley, F. A. Jompa, J. Kuo, C-Y. Limmon, G. V. Lin, Y. V. McClanahan, T. R. Muenzel, D. Paddack, M. J. Planes, S. Pratchett, M. S. Radford, B. Reimer, J. D. Richards, Z. T. Ross, C. L. Rulmal Jr, J. Sommer, B. Williams, G. J. and S. K. Wilson. 2023. Macroalgae exhibit diverse responses to human disturbances on coral reefs. Global Change Biology 29: 3318– 3330. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.16694
Cornwall, C. E. Comeau, S. Donner, S. D. Perry, C. Dunne, J. Van Hooidonk, R. Ryan, S. and C. A. Logan. 2023. Coral adaptive capacity insufficient to halt global transition of coral reefs into net erosion under climate change. Global Change Biology 29: 3010– 3018. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.16647
Virgen-Urcelay, A. and S. D. Donner. 2023. Increase in the extent of mass coral bleaching over the past half-century, based on an updated global database. Plos one 18 (2). doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0281719
González-Espinosa, P. C. and S. Donner. 2023. Cloudiness delays projected impact of climate change on coral reefs. PLOS Climate 2 (2). doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pclm.0000090
Wynes, S. Dickau, Kotcher, J. E. Thaker, J. Goldberg, M. H. Matthews, H. D. and S. Donner. 2023. Frequent pro-climate messaging does not predict pro-climate voting by United States legislators. Environmental Research: Climate 1 (2).
Li, X., and S. Donner. 2022. Lengthening of warm periods increased the intensity of warm-season marine heatwaves over the past four decades. Climate Dynamics: 1-12. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-022-06227-y
Sidhu, B. S. Ramankutty, N. Kandlikar, M. and S. Donner. 2022. Reconciling Land-Based Natural Cliamate Solutions with Clean Fuel Requirements for Achieving Net-Zero Emissions in Canada. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts 2022.
Buglass, S. Kawai, H. Hanyuda, T. Harvey, E. Donner, S. De la Rosa, J. Keith, I. Bermúdez, J. R. and M. Altamirano. 2022. Novel mesophotic kelp forests in the Galápagos archipelago. Marine Biology 169 (12): 156.
Li, X. and S. Donner. 2022. Assessing future projections of warm-season marine heatwave characteristics with CMIP6 models. Authorea Preprints.
Summers, H. E. and S. Donner. 2022. Investigating the ability of coral reefs to protect shorelines in the Republic of Kiribati. Coral Reefs 41 (2): 369-382. doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5093789
Wynes, C. S. Kotcher, J. and S. D. Donner. 2021. Can citizen pressure influence politicians’ communication about climate change? Results from a field experiment. Climatic Change 168 (6). doi: 10.1007/s10584-021-03215-9
Findlater, K. Webber, S. Kandlikar, M. and S. D. Donner. 2021. Climate services promise better decisions but mainly focus on better data. Nature Climate Change 11: 731-737. doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-021-01125-3
Cannon, S. E. Aram, E. Beiateuea, T. Kiareti, A. Peter, M. and S. D. Donner. 2021. Coral reefs in the Gilbert Islands of Kiribati: Resistance, resilience, and recovery after more than a decade of multiple stressors. Plos-One 16(8). doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0255304
Liang, K. E. Dawson, K. Stojan, M. Clark, D. G. Wynes, C. S. and S. D. Donner. 2021. A Carbon Footprint Study of the Medical Residency Interview Tour in Canadian Healthcare. Medical Teacher 43(11): 1302-1308. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2021.1944612
Gonzalez-Espinosa, P. C. and S. D. Donner. 2021. Cloudiness reduces the bleaching response of coral reefs exposed to heat stress. Global Change Biology 27(15): 3474-3486. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15676
Logan, C. Dunne, Ryan, J. S. Baskett, M. L. and S. Donner. 2021. Quantifying global potential for coral evolutionary response to climate change. Nature Climate Change, 11: 537–542. doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-021-01037-2
Findlater, K. M. Satterfield, T. Kandlikar, M. and S. D. Donner. 2019 ‘Weather and climate variability may be poor proxies for climate change in farmer risk perceptions’ Weather, Climate, and Society 11 (4): 697-711. doi: https://doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-19-0040.1
Cannon, S.E. Donner, S. Fenner, D. and M. Beger. 2019. The relationship between macro algae taxa and human disturbance on central Pacific coral reefs. Marine Pollution Bulletin 145 (August 2019): 161-173. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.05.024
Wynes, S. Donner, S. D. Tannason, S. and N. Nabors. 2019. Academic air travel has a limited influence on professional success. Journal of Cleaner Production 226 (July 2019): 959-967. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.04.109
Mehrabi, Z. Donner, S. D. Rios, P. Guha-Sapir, D. Rowhani, P. Kandlikar, M. and N. Ramankutty. 2019. Can we sustain success in reducing deaths to extreme weather in a hotter world?. World Development Perspectives 14 (June 2019): 100107. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wdp.2019.02.018
Donner, S. D. and J. Carilli. 2019. Resilience of Central Pacific coral reefs subject to frequent heat stress and human disturbance. Scientific Reports 9 (3484).
Tsuruta, K. Hassan, M. A. Donner, S. D. and Alila, Y. 2019. Modelling the effects of climatic and hydrological regime changes on the sediment dynamics of the Fraser River Basin, British Columbia, Canada. Hydrological Processes 33 (2): 244-260. doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.13321