2006 until 2013. Dr. Abbott’s research focuses on the interaction of biological and physical processes in the upper ocean and relies on both remote sensing and field observations. Dr. Abbott is a pioneer in the use of satellite ocean color data to study coupled physical/biological processes. He has also advised the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation on ocean information infrastructure. He is currently president of The Oceanography Society and chairs the Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space for the NRC.
Doug Arent is Executive Director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He specializes in strategic planning and financial analysis competencies; clean energy technologies and energy and water issues; and international and governmental policies. In addition to his NREL responsibilities, Dr. Arent is Sr. Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Dr. Arent was appointed as a Coordinating Lead Author for the 5th Assessment Report of the Nobel Prize Winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and serves on the National Research Council Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program. He is a member of Policy Subcommittee of the National Petroleum Council Study on Prudent Development of North America Natural Gas and Oil Resources, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Steering Committee on Social Science and the Alternative Energy Future. Dr. Arent is a Member of the Keystone Energy Board and serves on the Advisory Council of the Smart Cities Council. Dr. Arent served from 2008 to 2010 on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change, and also served on the Executive Council of the U.S. Association of Energy Economists. Prior to coming to his current position, Dr. Arent was Director of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at NREL from 2006-1010. Prior to joining NREL, he was a management consultant to clean energy companies, providing strategy, development and market counsel. Dr. Arent has a Ph.D. from Princeton University, an MBA from Regis University, and a bachelor’s of science from Harvey Mudd College in California.
Susan Avery is President and Director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI). She holds a Doctorate in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois. Prior to WHOI she was on the faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder (UCB) for 26 years, most recently holding the academic rank of professor of electrical and computer engineering and Fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). She served as director of CIRES from 1994 to 2004, where she facilitated interdisciplinary research spanning the geosciences and social sciences, established a Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, and a K-12 outreach program. Her research interests include studies of atmospheric circulation and precipitation, the development of new radar techniques and instruments for observing the atmosphere, and the role of climate science in decision support. She is the author or co-author of more than 80 peer-reviewed articles. She also served in interim positions at UCB as Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, as well as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Avery is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of the American Meteorological Society, for which she also served as president. She currently serves on the US Advisory Committee to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission; NRC Board on Higher Education and Workforce; the NOAA Science Advisory Board; the Consortium of Ocean Leadership Board; and the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Advisory Committee. She is active in professional societies and serves on academic and research program review committees.