John M.R. Stone

Adjunct Professor

Degrees:B.Sc. (Reading University, UK), Ph.D. (Reading University, UK)
Phone:(613) 862 3393
Office:Room A307 Loeb Building


John Stone graduated with a BSc in Chemistry (Special Honours) in 1966 and a PhD in Molecular Spectroscopy in 1969 both from the University of Reading in the UK. He came to Canada as a Post-doctoral researcher in 1969 working at the National Research Council in the spectroscopy section under G. Herzberg. He then spent a year at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences in Prague before returning to Canada to continue his research interests at the University of Sherbrooke.

In 1972 he joined the Public Service of Canada assuming increasing responsibilities first in the Ministry of State for Science and Technology, and later in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the National Research Council’s Bureau of International Affairs and finally Environment Canada. He retired in 2005. During the last 15 years of his career he directed research programs on climate and atmospheric sciences as well as developed policy on a range of environmental issues.

He has had considerable experience in international science and has served Canada through his affiliation with the NATO Science Committee, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, the UN/ECE Senior Advisors on Science and Technology, UN the Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Scientific Steering Committee for the START program and as co-Chair for the Canada-Germany S&T Agreement. In 1997 he was appointed to the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), specifically as Vice-Chair of Working Group I, and has since been re-appointed, now as a Vice-Chair of Working Group II.

Research Interests

  • the science and policy of global and climate change
  • the vulnerability of Canada to the threat of climate change
  • the evolution of national and global regimes to address the issue
  • communicating the science to governments, the private sector and the public

Recent Publications

The Science of Changing Climates: Impacts on Agriculture, Forestry and Wetlands – Synthesis Paper, Stone JMR, (in press, 2004).

Climate Change: Science, Politics and the Media, Stone JMR, in Statistics, Science and Public Policy IX: Government, Science and Politics, Queens University Press, (2005).

The Ancillary Benefits of Tackling Climate Change, Stone JMR, (convening lead author), internal Environment Canada policy paper (2002).

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Climate Change 2001: Synthesis Report, Review Editor.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Third Assessment Report, Summary for Policymakers, (2001), member of drafting team and of Working Group I Bureau.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Special Report on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry, Summary for Policymakers, (2000), member of drafting team.

Recent Presentations

Presentation on Determining and Describing Uncertainties to a meeting of the Aspen Global Change Institute workshop on North American Weather and Climate Extremes, Aspen, Colorado, USA, July, 2005.

Keynote Speaker on the science of climate change, International Ministerial Conference on the Future of Nuclear Power, Paris, France, March, 2005

Invited discussant, Conference on Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change; Exeter, U.K. February, 2005.

Climate Change Science – A Real Threat; School of Journalism, Carleton University, January, 2005.

Presentations to senior executives of British Petroleum on the science of climate change, London, UK, November 2004.

A Brief Summary of the Science of Climate Change, Conference of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Calgary, March, 2004.

Climate Change and Air Quality – A Scientific Perspective, Stone JMR and Little M, 3rd Canadian Air Quality Conference, Quebec City, March, 2004.

Climate Change – Examining the Influence on the Canadian Economy; Workshop on Climate Change and the Economy: Ottawa, February, 2004.

Tackling the Long-term Challenge of Climate Change – A Science Perspective, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, January, 2004.

Presentation on the Arctic Climate Impacts Assessment, DFAIT Workshop on Environmental Synergies, Ottawa, October, 2003.

Presentation on the Arctic Climate Impacts Assessment, World Conference on Climate Change, Moscow, September 2003.

Climate Change and the Insurance Industry, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Insurance Companies, Stone JMR, Toronto, March, 2003.

The Kyoto Protocol and Carbon Sinks, Stone JMR, Queens University, Kingston, March, 2003.

Science Advice and Policy: Climate Change Case Studies, Stone JMR, Carleton University, 2002.


  • Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society