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Peter McDonough

Climate Change Studies Program Coordinator


Personal Summary

Peter McDonough began teaching as an education volunteer with the Peace Corps in Tanzania, where he lived and taught high school for three years. Service brought to light the global and human reality of environmental crises and the challenge of energy development. Since returning home, Peter has worked primarily in climate change education, introducing a climate and energy class to Stanford’s summer institutes and developing similar courses at UM within Environmental Studies, Climate Change Studies, and the Global Leadership Initiative. Outside of school, he can be found interpreting Swahili for refugees resettling in Missoula, or drumming with the local bagpipe band. Peter holds a BS in Physics from the University of Puget Sound, a MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford, and a MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. He identifies as a dog person.


BS Physics - University of Puget Sound

MS Civil and Environmental Engineering: Atmosphere and Energy

MS Environmental Studies

Courses Taught

CCS 103X Intro to Climate Change Science, Society, and Solutions

GLBD 194 Energy Controversy

GLBD 499 GLI Capstone Development

CCS 395 Climate Change Practicum

CCS 398 Climate Change Internship

HONR 120 Intro to Honors - Biomimicry

HONR 121 Ways of Knowing

ENST 391 Energy and Climate