Wendy Parker


Dr. Wendy Parker joined Virginia Tech as a professor of philosophy in August 2020. Her research is in the area of the philosophy of science, with a focus on issues in climate science and meteorology. She is interested in how scientists have developed evidence that global climate change is occurring and is anthropogenic and, especially, in the role of computational modeling in this regard. More broadly, she is interested in how evidence for scientific claims is obtained and evaluated.

Wendy Parker

Currently, Dr. Parker is a contributing author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report and a member of the US Climate Variability and Predictability Program (CLIVAR) Ocean Uncertainty Quantification Working Group. At a previous university, she helped to lead an interdisciplinary Environmental Studies program and also served on the university President’s Advisory Council on Sustainability Planning. Before that, she spent a year working as a Congressional Science Fellow on the staff of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Dr. Parker welcome opportunities for research collaborations with faculty working in climate science, meteorology and other environment-related sciences. In spring 2021, she is teaching a graduate seminar on philosophical issues in climate science, and looks forward to contributing to discussions exploring climate change science, ethics, and policy.


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Parker, W.S. (2020) Local model-data symbiosis in meteorology and climate science. Philosophy of Science. 87(5): 807-818.

Gramelsberger, G., J. Lenhard, and W.S. Parker. 2020. Philosophical Perspectives on Earth System Modeling: Truth, Adequacy and Understanding. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES) 12(1): e2019MS001720.

Parker, W.S. and G. Lusk 2019. Incorporating user values into climate services. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 100(9): 1643-1650.

Katzav, J. and W.S. Parker. 2018. Issues in the theoretical foundations of climate science. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 63(8): 141-149.

Katzav, J. and W.S. Parker. 2015. The future of climate modeling. Climatic Change 132(4): 475-487.