Senior Scientist, Land & Wildlife Program and Director, Nuclear Program
Areas of Focus
Nuclear weapons – arms control and non-proliferation, nuclear power, geography of conservation and energy resources, Department of Defense.
Matthew McKinzie holds a PhD in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Pennsylvania. As a graduate student performing research at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Matthew first became interested in finding solutions to the problems posed by nuclear weapons. Before joining NRDC's Nuclear Program in 1997, Matthew was a postdoctoral associate at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University where he was first introduced to public policy work. At NRDC, Matthew has focused his advocacy in the areas of nuclear power and the consequences of nuclear accidents, non-proliferation and arms control. His first major project for NRDC was to perform computer simulations of the US nuclear war plan--research that introduced him to Geographic Information Systems or GIS. Since 2005 Matthew has also been on the staff of NRDC's Lands and Wildlife Program where he has applied GIS to NRDC's work on the impacts of oil and gas extraction on wilderness and wildlife in the Rocky Mountain region and utility-scale renewable energy siting in the US West. Matthew is married to Dr. Esther Schwartz-McKinzie and they have two children, Noah and Sarah.