Dr. Ball was also Chief Science Advisor of the International Climate Science Coalition and a Policy Advisor to The Heartland Institute. With a doctorate in climatology from the University of London, Queen Mary College, England, Dr. Ball’s comprehensive background in the field included a strong focus on the reconstruction of past climates and the impact of climate change on human history and the human condition.
Dr. Ball was a researcher/author of scientific papers on a range of environmental issues. He co-authored a paper for the scientific journal, Ecological Complexity, with Baliunas, Dyck, Soon, Baydack, Legates, and Hancock titled "Polar bears of western Hudson Bay and climate change: Are warming spring air temperatures the 'ultimate' survival control factor?" He was also co-author of the book Eighteenth Century Naturalists of Hudson Bay (2004 - McGill/Queens University Press) with Dr. Stuart Houston, one of the world’s leading authorities on arctic birds.
Dr. Ball was a leader in the current global warming debate and appeared regularly as a guest on radio and television. Dr. Ball was also published frequently in leading newspapers and magazines across Canada, the U.S., and abroad.