Tony (AJ) McMichael is Professor Emeritus (Population Health) at the Australian National University, Canberra. He has had broad experience in studying the social, behavioural and environmental causes of diseases, both infectious and non-communicable, and in working with international agencies in developing public health policies. Since returning to Australia from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2001 he has focused on developing a research program on health risks of climate change. He is an elected member of the US National Academies of Science and Honorary Professor of Climate Change and Health, University of Copenhagen. He has contributed substantively to scientific assessments by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); and chairs an expert group for WHO’s Tropical Diseases Research Program on interactions between environment, climate, agriculture and poverty in infectious disease emergence. Tony McMichael has published widely, including three single-authored books.