Parker studies changes in the climate system. He is currently a PhD student in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. His research interests broadly involve applied statistics and mathematical modeling for understanding the climate system.
Previously, he was Earth Systems Advisor at the Advanced Research Projects Agency -- Energy (ARPA-E) in the U.S. Department of Energy, where he was part of a team exploring potential advances in machine learning, distributed ledger, distributed IoT, and sensor technologies as applied to energy supply chains, as well as accelerated carbon sequestration in crop roots (i.e., taking carbon out of the atmosphere and storing it in soil) and developing the next generation of bioenergy crops.
Before joining ARPA-E, Parker was Policy Advisor for Natural Resources at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). At OSTP, he led a portfolio focused on domestic environmental, energy, agricultural, and life sciences. In this role, he co-led the work of several interagency scientific bodies under the National Science and Technology Council, including as Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Life Sciences and the Subcommittee on Food and Agriculture.
Parker has led expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic. In 2013, after three expeditions to the North Pole, Parker led the Willis Resilience Expedition, a climate change research expedition across Antarctica that broke the record for the fastest human-powered trek to the South Pole. He also became the youngest man to walk to the Pole at the time. In December 2013, he was named to TIME Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list of people changing the world.
Parker received a B.S. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University.