Brendan Mackey is a professor at the Griffith University School of Environment and serves as Director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program, which leads the university’s research into climate change adaptation and mitigation problems. He has a long-standing interest in the nexus between science, policy, social ethics, law, and sustainability. His current research is focused on climate change adaptation challenges in Pacific islands and states and the challenge of protecting the world’s remaining primary forests. Mackey has written more than 200 academic publications and serves on many expert committees and advisory groups. He was a member of the core drafting group for the Earth Charter and has served two terms on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Council where he chaired the IUCN’s Climate Change Task Force.