Kirsty Duncan is a former researcher and professor who taught post-secondary courses in climate change, climatology and environmental health. She consulted to Environment Canada on the health impacts of climate change, and served as lead author for two years with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She has written numerous articles on the need for government action to fight against climate change, water pollution, species loss and natural disasters, as well as the book Environment and Health: Protecting Our Common Future. A firm believer in the importance of cross-partisan collaboration to tackle climate change, she founded the first all-party climate change caucus in 2007. She was previously the Liberal Environment Critic, and now serves as Minister of Science.