Dennis Ojima has been active in global environmental change research and assessments for 30 years. His research involves application of social ecological system approaches to climate and land use changes on ecosystems, carbon accounting, food security, and adaptation and mitigation strategies to climate change.
He is University Director of the USGS North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center. He recently organized a training seminar for over 80 Young Fulbright Scholars on approaches to respond to climate change. He has been co-convener for the 1st and 3rd US National Climate Assessment dealing with issues in the Great Plains.
He has received recognition for his contributions to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005 Zayed International Prize for the Environment) and the 2007 Noble Peace Prize for efforts associated with the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In 2013 was honored as a Champion of the Environment by the Mongolian Minister of the Environment and Green Development.