Dr. Gunther received his Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley in 1987, and has worked at the intersection of environmental science and policy since 1979. He served as the first manager for the San Francisco Bay Regional Monitoring Program and as Assistant Chief Scientist for the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Program. He is the Executive Director of the non-profit Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration.
He currently serves as the Executive Coordinator of the Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium. BAECCC was established in 2009 to assess the impact of climate change on Bay Area ecosystems, and identify actions that will preserve the benefits we derive from these ecosystems as climate changes. BAECCC fosters collaboration among San Francisco Bay Area professional interested in climate change.
Dr. Gunther is a member of the Board of Directors of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and a scientific advisor to the Alliance for Climate Education and The Regeneration Project.
Since 2007 Dr. Gunther has given over 60 presentations about climate change to diverse audiences in the Bay Area and other locations (he first lectured about climate change as a graduate student at UC Berkeley in 1985). Venues where he has spoken include state and federal agencies, business associations, community organizations, colleges, and high schools. He is very willing to speak about climate science with conservative audiences. He is an engaging public speaker, and teaches workshops in the Bay Area on giving effective presentations.