Iqbal Pittalwala worked at UC Irvine on the journal Geophysical Research Letters before he came to UC Riverside in 2001 as a senior public information officer. From 2003 to 2005 he worked as the assistant director for media relations at UC Irvine and then came back as UCR's principal science communications officer in 2005. He holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa. He is a published short story author.