Mark Essig

Mark Essig

National Climate Assessment Editor Phone: 828-271-4475 Email:


Mark Essig joined NCICS in 2022 as a Scientific Technical Editor with the Assessments Technical Support Unit (TSU).

He previously worked as a writer and editor for NOAA NCEI, Spatial Informatics Group, World Agroforestry, and Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. A former newspaper editor, he has written two books of his own—Lesser Beasts (Basic Books, 2015) and Edison & the Electric Chair (Walker & Co., 2003)—and collaborated on book projects and technical reports with research scientists, medical doctors, business professors, and video-game designers. Mr. Essig holds a PhD in history from Cornell and a bachelor's in English from the University of Virginia.



Grade, A.M., A.R. Crimmins, S. Basile, M.R. Essig, L. Goldsmith, A.R. Lustig, T.K. Maycock, A. McCarrick, and A. Scheetz, 2023: Appendix 5. Glossary. In: Fifth National Climate Assessment. Crimmins, A.R., C.W. Avery, D.R. Easterling, K.E. Kunkel, B.C. Stewart, and T.K. Maycock, Eds. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA.