Warren Washington is a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). He has published more than 150 papers in professional journals and co-authored a book entitled, “An Introduction to Three-Dimensional Climate Modeling.” He has served on the National Science Board (chair, 2002-2006), the NOAA Science Advisory Board, President’s National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere, several panels of the National Research Council, the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board, among others. Washington areas of research are in the development and use of climate models for climate change studies. He has also served as President of AMS and a member of the AAAS Board of Directors. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received many awards, including the Le Verrier Medal of the Societe Meteorologique de France, the National Weather Service Modernization Award, and the AMS Dr. Charles Anderson Award. He has honorary degrees from the Oregon State University and Bates College. In 2010, he was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Obama.
Kai Lee joined the David & Lucile Packard Foundation as a program officer in 2007, and leads the Science subprogram in Conservation & Science. The science subprogram provides support for science that informs decision making in the near term, advancing the strategies guiding the conservation activities of the Foundation. He also provides program support and liaison for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, the Center for Ocean Solutions, and the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program. From 1991-2007, Lee taught at Williams College and is the Rosenburg Professor of Environmental Studies, emeritus. From 1991-98 and 2001-02, he directed the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams, and from 1973-91 taught at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the author of Compass and Gyroscope (Island Press, 1993) and coauthor of Our Common Journey (National Research Council, 1999) and Humans in the Landscape (W.W. Norton, 2012). He is a National Associate of the National Research Council. Lee was a White House Fellow and represented the state of Washington as a member of the Northwest Power Planning Council. He was appointed in 2009 to the EPA Science Advisory Board and served until 2011, when he became vice-chair of the Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program at the National Research Council. Lee also served as vice-chair of the panel that wrote Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate (NRC, 2009). He holds a PhD in Physics from Princeton University.
Mark Abbott is Dean and Professor at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. He received his B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1974 and his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis, in 1978. He has been at OSU since 1988 and has been Dean of the College since 2001. He served on the National Science Board from
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.
Glen Daigger is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at CH2M HILL with responsibility for the technology function for the firm’s water businesses (water resources, water supply and treatment, wastewater). He is also the first Technical Fellow for the firm, an honor which recognizes the leadership that he provides for CH2M HILL and for the profession in the development and implementation of new wastewater treatment technology. Dr. Daigger has more than 30 years of experience in wastewater treatment plant evaluation, troubleshooting, and process design. His areas of expertise include biological wastewater treatment and treatment process design, in particular biological nutrient removal (both nitrogen and phosphorus), combined trickling filter and activated sludge systems, the use of biological selectors to control activated sludge bulking, and oxygen transfer. Between 1994 and 1996 he served as professor and head of the Environmental Systems Engineering Department at Clemson University. Dr.Daigger is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association, Association of Environmental Engineering, International Water Association, Water Environment, as well as numerous other professional societies. Dr. Daigger received his PhD in Environmental Engineering from Purdue University.
Evan DeLucia is the G. William Arends Professor of Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; he was the founding Director of the Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, served as the Head of the Department of Plant Biology, and currently he is the director of the School of Integrative Biology. DeLucia completed a PhD (1986) in plant ecology and physiology at Duke University. He joined the faculty at Illinois in 1986, where he was recognized as a University Scholar in 1997. In 1994, DeLucia was a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University and in 2002 he was a Fulbright Fellow at Landcare Research in New Zealand. DeLucia became a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2005. He is a member of the American Association of Plant Physiologists, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, the Ecological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was elected Chair of the Physiological Ecology Section of the Ecological Society (1996-98). He currently provides editorial services for several prominent journals, including Ecology, Oecologia, Tree Physiology, and Global Change Biology. The responses of forest and agro-ecosystems to elevated carbon dioxide and other elements of global change are at the center of DeLucia’s research interests. Using ecological, physiological and genomic approaches, DeLucia seeks to understand how global change affects the carbon cycle and the trophic dynamics between plants and insects. He has served in an advisory capacity to members of the US congress and the National Academy of Sciences.
Robert Dickinson, a Professor at The University of Texas, is a leader in dynamic meteorology and physical climatology. He first delineated the way planetary scale Rossby waves interact with the mean flow—a process central to understanding the general circulation of the atmosphere. He has also established the major role of foliage in climate dynamics and made major contributions to other problems. His areas of interest include the dynamics of atmospheric planetary waves, stratospheric dynamics, models of global structure and dynamics of terrestrial and planetary thermosphere, NLTE infrared radiative transfer in planetary mesopheres, global climate modeling and processes, the role of land processes in climate systems, the modeling role of vegetation in regional evapotranspiration, and the role of tropical forests in climate systems. His recent research has focused on how to model what land does as part of a climate system model. He earned a B.A. in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard University in 1961. He also holds a M.S. (1962) and Ph.D. (1966) in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Thomas Dietz is a Professor of Environmental Science and Policy (ESPP), Sociology and Animal Studies at Michigan State University. He is also Co-Director of the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment Center (glisa.msu.edu). He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of General Studies from Kent State University. At MSU he has served as Founding Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program and Associate Dean in the Colleges of Social Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources and Natural Science. At the National Research Council he has served as chair of the U.S. National Research Council Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change and the Panel on Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making, and as Vice Chair of the Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change of the America’s Climate Choices study. (americasclimatechoices.org). His research interests include the macro-comparative human ecology, environmental values and decision making, and the interplay of science and democracy in deliberative processes.
Durland Fish is a Professor in the Yale School of Public Health. He studies the ecology of vector-borne pathogens. Recent emphasis has been on tick-borne pathogens causing Lyme disease, human anaplasmosis and babesiosis, and on mosquito-borne West Nile virus and dengue fever. Current projects include experimental manipulation of natural transmission cycles, vaccination of wildlife reservoirs against vectors and vector-borne pathogens, interactions among multiple pathogens in vectors and hosts, vector competence for viral and bacterial pathogens, and pathogen population genetics. Spatial analysis of pathogen prevalence using satellite imagery and geographic information systems forms the basis for applied studies in landscape epidemiology. His laboratory maintains colonies of ticks and mosquitoes for experimental studies, and a network of field sites is available for ecological studies. Professor Fish is Director of the Yale Center for EcoEpidemiology, an interdisciplinary center that seeks to integrate environmental science and ecology with medical epidemiology. He is also on the Steering Committee of the Yale Climate and Energy Inst. where he coordinates campus wide research on climate and human health.
Debra Hernandez is a Professional Engineer and her background is in coastal management and engineering. Ms. Hernandez is currently the Executive Director of Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA). She was the President of Hernandez and Company and previously worked as Director of Program and Policy Development for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Ms. Hernandez’s expertise lies in federal and state coastal and environmental management laws, regulations, and policies. She served for six years on the Ocean Research Advisory Panel and the NRC Ocean Studies Board. Additionally, she chaired the Coastal States Organization (CSO) from 2002 to 2004. CSO represents the interests of 35 governors from coastal states on federal activities relating to coastal management. She also served on the Planning Commission and was elected to City Council for the Isle of Palms, SC.
Haroon Kheshgi is the Global Climate Change Science Program Leader at ExxonMobil’s corporate Strategic Research. He studied chemical engineering at the University of Illinois (Urbana, B.S. 1978) and the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Ph.D. 1983). He pursued research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1983-1986) before joining ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company in 1986. At ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Research his research addresses many aspects of global climate change including carbon cycle, detection and attribution of climate change, paleoclimate implications, and the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. He has contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) as lead author, contributing author, and review editor in the IPCC’s last three assessment reports and it’s Special Reports on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage, and on Land Use Change. Recent activities include participation in the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association’s Climate Change Working Group, the Engineering Founder Societies’ project on carbon management, the Society on Petroleum Engineering’s committee on carbon capture and storage, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Energy Advisory Board. He recently served as a member of the NRC’s Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC), and before that as a member of the BASC Climate Research Committee.
Robin Leichenko is Associate Professor in Geography and Director of the Initiative on Climate and Society at Rutgers University. Her current research focuses on the economic and social dimensions of climate change impacts, vulnerabilities, and adaptation in U.S. coastal cities and regions. She has also conducted research on the impacts of climate change on urban areas and agricultural regions in Pakistan, India, and southern Africa. Her 2008 book, entitled, Environmental Change and Globalization: Double Exposures (Oxford University Press), received the Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contribution in Geography from the Association of American Geographers. She is currently serving as a Review Editor for Working Group II of the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). She also served on the NRC/BECS Committee on Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Social and Political Stresses. She has an M.A. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Geography from Penn State University.
Maria Carmen Lemos is Professor of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Senior Policy Scholar at the Udall Center for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Arizona. During 2006-2007 she was a James Martin 21st Century School Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University. Her research focuses on environmental public policymaking in Latin America and the U.S., especially related to the human dimensions of climate change (adaptation and adaptive capacity building); the co-production of science and policy and different means to narrow the gap between useful and usable knowledge; and the role of technoscientific knowledge and environmental governance in building adaptive capacity to climate variability and change response. She is a co-founder of Icarus (Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences), which seeks foster collaboration and exchange between scholars focusing on vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. She is a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-AR5) and has served in a number of the US National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences committees including Restructuring Federal Climate Research to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change (2009), America Climate Choice Science Panel (2010) and the Board on Environmental Change and Society (2008-present). She has MSc and PhD degrees in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT.
Ian Noble is an independent consultant and Chief Scientist at the Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN). Recently he retired from the World Bank where he was a Senior Advisor responsible for leading the Bank’s activities in adaptation to climate change. At the Bank he also worked with the Carbon Finance Unit on the design of the BioCarbon Fund and on emissions reductions through reduced deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). Before going to the Bank in 2002 he was Professor of Global Change Research in the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Australian National University. He has had senior roles in the IPCC process, including the current assessment, and in international cooperative research on climate change as
part of the IGBP (International Geosphere Biosphere Program) including chairing the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE) project for six years. In Australia he participated in the public and policy debate over responses to climate change and served as a Commissioner in an inquiry for the Prime Minister into the future of the Australian forests and forest industries. Ian Noble is an ecologist by training with research interests covering animal behaviour, vegetation and biodiversity management, ecosystem modeling, climate impacts and the science-policy interface. In 1999 he was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
Camille Parmesan is a Professor in Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin (USA) and holds the National Aquarium Chair in the Public Understanding of Oceans and Human Health in the Marine Institute, Plymouth University (UK). Dr. Parmesan’s research focuses on the current impacts of climate change on wildlife, from field-based work on American and European butterflies to synthetic analyses of global impacts on a broad range of species across terrestrial and marine biomes. This work has had high impact, leading to Parmesan being ranked the second most highly cited author in the field of Climate Change from 1999-2009 by Thomas Reuters Web of Science. Her analyses documenting the global extent and pervasiveness of the effects of anthropogenic climate change on biodiversity have helped support arguments in policy sectors for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. She works actively with governmental agencies and NGOs to help develop conservation assessment and planning tools aimed at preserving biodiversity in the face of climate change. She was awarded the Conservation Achievement Award in Science by the National Wildlife Federation, named “Outstanding Woman Working on Climate Change,” by IUCN, and named as a “Who’s Who of Women and the Environment” by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Dr. Parmesan has worked with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for more than 15 years, and is a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to IPCC in 2007. Dr. Parmesan is a Professor in Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin (USA) and holds the National Aquarium Chair in the Public Understanding of Oceans and Human Health in the Marine Institute, Plymouth University (UK).
Connie Roser-Renouf has been at the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication since its inception in 2007. Her research focuses on understanding how diverse publics use, interpret and respond to information on the issue of climate change. The guiding objective of her work is the identification of effective communication strategies that inform and engage audiences. Dr. Roser-Renouf earned her PhD in Communication Research at Stanford University in 1986. Prior to joining the Center at George Mason, she taught and conducted research at the University of California at Santa Barbara; the University of Denver; the University of Pittsburgh; and Humboldt State University.
Kathleen Segerson is a Professor of Economics at the University of Connecticut. She was the Head of the Department of Economics from 2001-2005. Dr. Segerson specializes in natural resource economics, and in particular, the economics of environmental regulation. She is currently a member of both the Chartered Executive Board of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board, and the Vice Chair of the Advisory Board’s Committee on Valuing the Protection of Ecological Services and Systems. She was a member of the U.S. General Accounting Office’s Expert Panel on Climate Change Economics from 20072008 and frequently serves on external review committees for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has also served on three National Research Council study committees: the Committee on Assessing and Valuing the Services of Aquatic and Related Terrestrial Ecosystems (2002-2004), the Committee on the Causes and Management of Coastal Eutrophication (1998-2000), and the Committee on Improving Principles and
Guidelines for Waste Resources Planning by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (2008- present). In 2008, she was named a Fellow by both the American Agricultural Economics Association and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Dr. Segerson earned a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1984. She currently serves as a member of the NRC’s Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR).
Karen Seto is Professor of the Urban Environment at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. Professor Seto studies the human transformation of land and the links between urbanization, global change, and sustainability. A geographer by training, her research includes understanding urbanization dynamics, forecasting urban growth, and examining the environmental consequences of land-use change and urban expansion. She is an expert in satellite remote sensing analysis and has pioneered methods to reconstruct historical land-use and to develop empirical models to explain and forecast the expansion of urban areas. Professor Seto is Co-Chair of the IHDP (International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change) Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Project (UGEC), and a Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. She also serves on the U.S. Carbon Cycle Scientific Steering Group, the NRC Geographical Sciences Committee, and the NRC Committee on Needs and Requirements for Land-Change Modeling. She is the Executive Producer of “10,000 Shovels: Rapid Urban Growth in China,” a documentary film that integrates satellite imagery, historical photographs, and contemporary film footage to highlight the urban changes occurring in China. Professor Seto is an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow and recipient of a NASA New Investigator Program Award, a NSF Career Award, and a National Geographic Research Grant. She has a Ph.D. in Geography from Boston University.
Kathleen Tierney is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center at the University of Colorado. The Hazards Center is housed in the Institute of Behavioral Science, where Prof. Tierney holds a joint appointment. Dr. Tierney’s research focuses on the social dimensions of hazards and disasters, including natural, technological, and human-induced extreme events. With collaborators Michael Lindell and Ronald Perry, she recently published Facing the Unexpected: Disaster Preparedness and Response in the United States (Joseph Henry Press, 2001). This influential compilation presents a wealth of information derived from theory and research on disasters over the past 25 years. Among Dr. Tierney’s current and recent research projects are studies on the organizational response to the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center disaster, risk perception and risk communication, the use of new technologies in disaster management, and the impacts of disasters on businesses.
Charles Vorosmarty is a Professor of Civil Engineering, a Distinguished Scientist with NOAA-Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology Center and Director of The City University of New York’s Environmental Crossroads Initiative at The City College of New York. His research focuses on the development of computer models and geospatial data sets used in synthesis studies of the interactions among the water cycle, climate, biogeochemistry and anthropogenic activities. His studies are built around local, regional and continental to global-scale modeling of water balance, discharge, constituent fluxes in river systems and the analysis of the impacts of large-scale water engineering on the terrestrial water cycle. He is a founding member of the Global Water System Project under ICSU’s Global Environmental Change Programs. He is spearheading efforts to develop global-scale indicators of water stress, to develop and apply databases of reservoir construction worldwide and to analyze coastal zone risks associated with water diversion. He also is on several national and international panels, including the U.S. Arctic Research
Commission, the NASA Earth Science Subcommittee, the NRC Committee on Hydrologic Science, the NSF’s Arctic System Science Program Committee and the Arctic HYDRA International Polar Year Planning Team. He also was on an NRC panel that reviewed NASA’s polar geophysical data sets, the decadal study on earth observations, and is Co-Chair of the NSF’s Arctic CHAMP hydrology initiative. He has assembled regional and continental-scale hydro-meteorological data compendia, including the largest single collection, Arctic-RIMS (covering northern Eurasia and North America).