Professor Jerry Melillo is Director Emeritus and Distinguished Scientist at The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA, and a Professor of Biology at Brown University. Professor Melillo studies the impacts of human activities on the biogeochemistry of ecological systems, using a combination of field studies and simulation modeling. His field studies have been in tropical, temperate and arctic ecosystems. Professor Melillo has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and two ecology textbooks. In 1996 and 1997, he served as the Associate Director for Environment in the U.S. President's Office of Science and Technology Policy. Professor Melillo has served terms as the President of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) and of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) and was a Vice-Chair of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP). He is an honorary Professor in the Institute of Geophysical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, a member of the American Philosophical Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served as a convening lead author in the 1990 and 1996 IPCC (WG1) Reports and has co-chaired the U.S. government's two climate-change assessments, the first in 2001 and the second in 2009. Professor Melillo holds B.A. and M.A.T degrees from Wesleyan University (CT) and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University.
Terese 'T.C.' Richmond is an attorney with the law firm of GordonDerr, LLP in Seattle. She has over 25 years' experience representing state and local governmental agencies in Washington and Arizona. Her practice focuses on environmental law, land use, water law, climate change, and governance, primarily representing governmental agencies and districts in the planning and management of water resources. T.C. has been a member of working groups at the state-level addressing climate change as part of the environmental review process. Prior to joining GordonDerr, T.C. was Senior Counsel for the Attorney General's Office University of Washington Division. There, she represented the University in the areas of health and safety, environmental law, land use, and all matters related to the planning and development at the University's campuses and facilities. As an AAG, T.C. also represented the Washington Department of Fish and Department of Wildlife and the Washington Department of Ecology in matters related to habitat, endangered species, tribal law, air pollution and hazardous materials. In addition to her AG experience, T.C. served as Chief Counsel to the Arizona Department of Water Resources where her practice included advising on interstate water compacts, water rights, Indian water rights settlements, and endangered species. She also served as Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for King County in the natural resources division and as a Special Assistant to the Governor Gardner on water rights issues and Congressional legislation in the Yakima Basin. She is a graduate of Whitman College in Walla Walla WA, with a degree in biology and Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane WA.
Gary Yohe is the Huffington Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, and received his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1975. He is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles, several books, and many contributions to media coverage of climate issues, espeically mitigation and adaptation/impacts. He is a senior member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He served as a Lead Author for four different chapters in the Third Assessment Report that was published in 2001 and as a Convening Lead Author in Working Group II of the Fourth Assessment Report. In that Assessment, he also worked with the Core Writing Team to prepare the overall Synthesis Report; currently he is serving as a Convening Lead Author for the chapter on Detection and Attribution in the Fifth Assessment Report. Dr. Yohe is also a member of the New York City Panel on Climate Change and the standing Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change of the National Academy of Sciences. He served on the Panel on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change Adaptation Panel for the National Academy of Sciences' initiative on America's Climate Choices and on the National Research Council Committee on Stabilization Targets for Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Concentrations. He is also, with Michael Oppenheimer since July of 2010, co-editor of Climatic Change.
James Buizer is Professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and Director for Climate Adaptation and International Development in the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona. Previously he served as Science Policy Advisor to the President at Arizona State University, where he continues to hold a position as Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Global Institute of Sustainability. From 2003-2007 he served as founding Executive Director of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives in the Office of the President, where he led the conceptualization, design and initiation of the GIOS and its School of Sustainability, launched fall 2006. Prior to ASU he was Director of the Climate and Societal Interactions Office at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where he was responsible for providing programmatic vision, design and leadership of NOAA's integrated, multidisciplinary research and applications grants program positioned at the climate and societal interface. Jim led the establishment of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) and the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (RISA) program. He recently served on the National Academy of Sciences panel on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change. Jim received his degrees in Oceanography, Marine Resource Economics and Science Policy from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington and is a native Spanish speaker.
id Gustafson is a Senior Fellow at Monsanto Company, where he serves as the Regulatory lead for Water Quality and Ag Sustainability. His academic training was at Stanford University and the University of Washington in Seattle, where he received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in chemical engineering. His research on the environmental challenges surrounding agricultural has now spanned nearly 30 years.
initial focus of his work was the development of new computer models for predicting the environmental behavior of crop chemicals, especially their potential impacts on water quality. Among the models he developed for this purpose is the GUS-Index, which is now used by regulatory agencies worldwide to determine the potential of pesticides to contaminate ground water supplies. In subsequent years, Dave developed new modeling approaches to pollen-mediated gene flow and the population genetics of insect and weed resistance.
2007, Dave served as an inaugural member and theme lead for the Monsanto Fellows Climate Change Panel, which reported back to the company on the degree of scientific certainty in global climate modeling, and how it is likely to impact agriculture around the world. He now serves on various Monsanto teams looking at the new imperatives and constraints placed on agriculture by man-made global warming, hypoxia, and other environmental challenges
Dr. Sharon L. Hays is Vice President, Office of Science and Engineering, at CSC. Dr. Hays leads a team focused on developing and executing strategies aimed at making CSC a leader in the emerging climate change, energy and sustainability market. Before joining CSC, Dr. Hays served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where, after confirmation by the U.S. Senate, she served as a deputy to the President's Science Advisor. In this role, she led the strategic direction for all OSTP activities related to a range of science initiatives and advised senior White House officials on environmental and security policies. In 2007, Dr. Hays led the U.S. delegation to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Earlier in her career, she worked on Capitol Hill, serving in several senior staff positions in the House of Representatives. Dr. Hays received her PhD in Biochemistry from Stanford University, where she studied in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Paul Berg. She also holds a BA in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Thomas Karl currently serves as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Global Change Research and is the Director of National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Karl is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and has recently completed his term as President. He is also a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, serves on the World Climate Research Programme's Joint Scientific Committee, and on the steering committee of the World Meteorological Society's Global Climate Observing System. Karl has received extensive recognition for his significant contributions in climate science and services, including two Presidential Rank Awards, five Gold Medals and two Bronze Medals from the Department of Commerce, the American Meteorological Society's Suomi Award, National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, the NOAA Administrator's Award, and several others. Karl has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and several books as Editor and Contributor. He has been the Convening and Lead Author and Review Editor of all the major IPCC assessments since 1990, which were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He served as Editor of the Journal of Climate from 1997 to 2000. He was Co-Chair of the U.S. National Assessment in 2009, Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, and a number of other assessments produced by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Karl was born and raised in Evergreen Park, Illinois. He received his B.S. degree in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois in 1973, his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1974, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from North Carolina State University in 2002.
Dr. Jo-Ann C. Leong is the Director of the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) and Professor in the School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology at the University of Hawai'i at M?noa. She received her doctoral degree in 1971 from the University of California at San Francisco, School of Medicine. Dr. Leong was a Distinguished Professor, former Chairman of the Department of Microbiology, and the Emile Pernot Endowed Professor at Oregon State University. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Microbiology. She now serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Center of Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture, is President Elect of the National Association of Marine Laboratories, is Co-Chair of the Ecosystem Science and Management Working Group for the NOAA Scientific Advisory Board, and is on the National Committee of the Census of Marine Life. Dr. Leong has published over 100 refereed research papers resulting from the work of her 18 doctoral and 6 M.S. students. Dr. Leong has focused HIMB's research efforts on determining the effects of climate change on Pacific island marine ecosystems based on faculty expertise in coral reef ecosystem health, marine vertebrate and invertebrate evolution, connectivity and biogeography.
Susanne Moser is Director and Principal Researcher of Susanne Moser Research & Consulting in Santa Cruz, California. She also serves as a Social Science Research Fellow at Stanford University, and as a Research Associate at the University of California-Santa Cruz. Her work focuses on adaptation to climate change, resilience, decision support, and effective climate change communication in support of social change. Previously she served as a Research Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. She has worked for the Heinz Center on a congressionally mandated project on coastal erosion and management, and for the Union of Concerned Scientists as their staff scientist for climate change. Dr. Moser is a geographer by training (Ph.D. 1997, Clark University), whose research foci for the last 15 years have been the human dimensions of global change, and how they play out in coastal areas, human health, and forest-reliant rural as well as urban areas. Dr. Moser is co-editor of the anthology Creating a Climate for Change: Communicating Climate Change and Facilitating Social Change (2007). Dr. Moser contributed to Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report, is a Review Editor for the IPCC's Special Report on Extreme Events, and again a contributing author for the IPCC Fifth Assessment. Her work has been recognized through fellowships in the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, the UCAR Leadership Academy, and others.
Richard H. Moss is Senior Research Scientist with the Joint Global Change Research Institute of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Visiting Senior Research Scientist at the University of Maryland. He served as Director of the Office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program/Climate Change Science Program (2000-06), Vice President and Managing Director for Climate Change at the World Wildlife Fund-U.S. (2007-09), and Senior Director of the U.N. Foundation Energy and Climate Program (2006-2007). He directed the Technical Support Unit of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) impacts, adaptation, and mitigation working group (1993-1999) and served on the faculty of Princeton University (1989-91).
He has been a lead author and editor of a number of assessments, reports, and research papers. Moss chairs the U.S. National Academy of Science's committee on the human dimensions of global environmental change. He currently co-chairs the IPCC Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis. He was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2006, a Distinguished Associate of the U.S. Department of Energy in 2004, and a fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program in 2001. He received an M.P.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University (Public and International Affairs) and a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. Moss' research interests include development and use of scenarios, characterization and communication of uncertainty, and assessment of adaptive capacity and vulnerability to climate change.
Lindene Patton is Chief Climate Product Officer for Zurich Financial Services (Zurich). She is responsible for product development and risk management related to climate change. She is a project Board Member for the World Economic Forum Low Carbon Finance Initiative and the Forest Carbon Finance Initiative. She is an advisory board member for the University of California at Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. She is a member of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) for Sustainable Governments Adaptation Experts Advisory Committee. Ms. Patton serves as the Vice-Chair of the Climate Change and Tort Liability Sub-Committee of the Geneva Association. Ms. Patton also serves on numerous government and non-governmental advisory boards, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Financial Advisory Board, the Bureau of National Affairs' monthly publication, the Environmental Due Diligence Guide, and the US EPA Environmental Technology Verification Program. Ms. Patton is an attorney licensed in California and the District of Columbia and an American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certified Industrial Hygienist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis, a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Dr. Andrew Rosenberg is director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists and a Professor in the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at the University of New Hampshire where, prior to April 2004, he was dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. Prior to UCS, Dr. Rosenberg was Senior Vice President for Science and Knowledge at Conservation International. From 2001-2004, he was a member of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and continues to work with the U.S. Joint Ocean Commissions Initiative. Dr. Rosenberg was the Deputy Director of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service from 1998-2000, the senior career position in the agency, and prior to that he was the NMFS Northeast Regional Administrator.
Donald Wuebbles is the Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Illinois. He is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences as well as an affiliate professor in both the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was also the first Director of the School of Earth, Society, and Environment, and was Head of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences from 1994 until 2006. He spent many years as a research scientist and group leader at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory before returning to the University of Illinois in 1994. Dr. Wuebbles is an expert in developing and applying numerical models of the Earth system. He is the author of over 400 peer-reviewed scientific articles, most of which relate to atmospheric chemistry and climate science issues. He has been a lead author on a number of national and international assessments related to concerns about climate change. He has also been a lead author on national and international assessments relating to atmospheric chemistry and the effects of human activities on stratospheric and tropospheric ozone. Dr. Wuebbles received the 2005 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has been honored by being selected a Fellow of two major professional science societies, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union. He shares in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his previous work with the international Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He was a member of a federal advisory committee that assessed and in 2009 published a report on the potential impacts of climate change on the United States. Professor Wuebbles is a Coordinating Lead Author for the next major international IPCC assessment of climate change. He earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of California, Davis.
Dr. Rosenberg's scientific work is in the field of population dynamics, resource assessment and resource management policy. He holds a B.S. in Fisheries Biology from the University of Massachusetts, an M.S. in Oceanography from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in Biology from Dalhousie University.
Daniel R. Abbasi is Managing Director of GameChange Capital LLC, a private equity investment firm he founded in collaboration with Chris Cooper-Hohn and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation to provide startup and growth capital to companies offering scalable and profitable solutions to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. As an investor-entrepreneur, Dan is also an executive at GameChange portfolio company Flowcastings, an aviation manufacturing company that produces efficiency-enhancing components to reduce emissions from jet engines. Dan is also executive producer of "Years of Living Dangerously", a multi-part Showtime TV series that will explore the impacts of climate change on the U.S., and spotlight compelling solutions.
Dan has long worked with federal policy-makers to design a stable, long-term policy framework to accelerate the deployment of low-carbon solutions, including through testimony to multiple committees and caucuses in the U.S. Congress. Dan is a former Associate Dean at Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he convened high-level meetings on climate change and authored the influential book "Americans and Climate Change: Closing the Gap Between Science and Action." He has served in strategy, M&A and operating roles for subsidiaries of the Washington Post Company and Time Warner.
Dan was previously a Senior Advisor in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Policy, during which he co-chaired the Strategy Committee for the U.S. Environmental Technology Initiative and worked with the White House to produce the first U.S. National Action Plan on Climate Change. Previously, while on staff at the World Resources Institute, he advised Fortune 500 companies on environmental cost accounting. Dan earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard College, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Dr. T. M. Bull Bennett (Mi'kmaq), studied field and range ecology earning a BS in Biology from Black Hills State University. He completed his MS in Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming where he studied captive propagation of black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes) as part of the National Black-Footed Ferret Conservation Center recovery program in conjunction with the US Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit. Following his MS program, Dr. Bennett worked for Tribal Colleges in South Dakota, first at Oglala Lakota College (Pine Ridge Reservation), then Si Tanka College (Cheyenne River Reservation), before returning to graduate school. Dr. Bennett earned his PhD at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he studied bison impacts on shortgrass /shrub steppe prairie utilizing geospatial technologies and biophysical parameter measurements. After completing his PhD, Dr. Bennett worked for the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges, first as the Science Coordinator and then as President and CEO. In 2008, Dr. Bennett was appointed by the Secretary of Interior as a charter member of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee. He began Kiksapa Consulting, LLC in 2009 and continues to work with Tribes and Tribal Colleges providing science education, research opportunities and investigating climate impacts on habitats and marginal populations. Dr. Bennett, his wife and three children reside near Mandan, ND.
In October 2001, Rosina Bierbaum became Dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. Previously, she served in environmental science policy leadership positions in both the legislative and executive branches of United States government, culminating as director of the Environment Division of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, a Senate-confirmed position. In April 2008, Dr. Bierbaum was selected by the World Bank to co-direct the World Development Report 2010, an annual publication that focuses on a different topic each year and aims both to consolidate existing knowledge on a particular aspect of development and to stimulate debate on new directions for development policy. Dr. Bierbaum has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was named by President Barack Obama to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. She co-chaired the National Climate Adaptation Summit in May 2010. She currently is on the boards of the Federation of American Scientists; the Environmental and Energy Study Institute; the Energy Foundation; and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. She is also a member of the Executive Committee for the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. Dr. Bierbaum received her B.S. in Biology and B.A. in English from Boston College, and earned her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.
Maria Blair rejoined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2010, and as a Managing Director, she provides leadership and strategic direction for select Foundation initiatives. Ms. Blair was the deputy associate director for climate change adaptation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. While there she helped to lead an interagency effort to develop federal recommendations for adapting to climate change impacts both domestically and internationally. The effort included developing a federal mechanism to make information and scientific data about the impact of climate change available to the public and helping agencies to better understand the risks of climate change; Ms. Blair remains an advisor to CEQ on climate change policy issues. During her previous tenure at the Rockefeller Foundation (2005-2009) she helped to develop the strategic direction of the Foundation, and managed initiatives. Ms. Blair developed and led the Building Climate Change Resilience initiative, a multi-year, $70 million project to catalyze attention, funding, and action in building climate change resilience for poor and vulnerable people globally. She also developed and led the Accelerating Innovation initiative, which seeks to test the use and scaling of new innovation tools and methods. Ms. Blair is an Aspen Institute Catto Fellow, and is active on several non-profit boards. She was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University's Balliol College, where she earned a master's degree in politics, economics and philosophy and has her undergraduate degree from Harvard University.
Lynne Carter is Associate Director, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) -a stakeholder-driven program focusing on serving the climate information needs of the south-central U.S. and Associate Director for the Coastal Sustainability Studio at LSU, an effort to bring together designers (architects and landscape architects) with engineers and coastal scientists to rethink what might work along the coast. Dr. Carter is also the Director of the Adaptation Network, a non-profit, established (2006) to assist U.S. communities to build resilience and reduce vulnerabilities to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. She has worked on a wide range of climate change issues since 1988 and has organized conferences and workshops on various aspects of climate change, including around natural resource adaptations for the New England Governors/ Eastern Canadian Premiers. She was the Regional Liaison to the 19 regions for the first U.S. National Assessment. She has developed and taught semester long and short courses, delivered more than 60 public presentations on climate change, written and contributed to articles and reports on climate change for a variety of audiences, including the most recent U.S. National Assessment - Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States (June, 2009). Dr. Carter earned an M.S. from the University of Connecticut in Marine Ecology and Ichthyology, an M.M.A. from the University of Rhode Island in Marine Affairs/Marine Policy, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wales in Maritime Studies/Climate Change Education.
F. Stuart 'Terry' Chapin, III is a Professor of Ecology in the Department of Biology and Wildlife at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he joined the faculty in 1973. Most of his research is about the effects of changes in climate and wildfire on Alaskan ecology and rural communities. He is especially interested in ways that communities and agencies can develop options that increase sustainability of ecosystems and human communities over the long term in spite of rapid climatic and social changes. Through his research, he tries to determine how climate, ecology, and subsistence resources are likely to change in the future. This information should enable people to make more informed choices about options for long-term sustainability. Terry teaches classes at the university and directs the interdisciplinary (IGERT) program in Resilience and Adaptation. He earned his Ph.D. in biology from Stanford University.
Camille E. Coley, J.D., is Assistant Vice President and Associate Director for the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Florida Atlantic University. As the Assistant Vice President for Research, Ms. Coley provides oversight to the pre-award and post-award functions of the University. In 2008, she served as a Member of the Governor's Action Team on Energy and Climate Change. Currently, she is a member of the Florida Atlantic University's Integrative Collaborative on Climate Change, which is a cross-university program that works with partners within both governmental and non-governmental organizations. As Associate Director for the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center, Ms. Coley is responsible for the policy and environmental regulatory activities associated with deployment of ocean current turbines in the Florida Gulf Stream. Ms. Coley is also a trustee member of the Southeastern Universities Research Association Coastal and Environmental Research Committee. Prior to working at FAU, Ms. Coley was a Project Manager for the University of Rhode Island's Coastal Resources Center where she supported the development of coastal management capacity in East Africa. Ms. Coley has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland - School of Law. She received her bachelor's degree from Towson State University in Maryland.
Ms. Dell leads Supply Chain Sustainability at ConocoPhillips. She is a registered chemical engineer (M.S. University of California, Berkeley) with over 25 years of experience extending across more than 40 countries including China, Canada, the Mid East, Australia and other regions with energy resources and water supply constraints.
Ms. Dell has worked with global companies in the oil and gas, power, chemical, manufacturing, food, beverage, footwear, apparel, and entertainment industries to develop major projects and implement sustainable business and climate resiliency practices in their business operations, their communities and their supply chains. Ms. Dell has led numerous collaborative business and energy industry initiatives on adaptation to the projected impacts of climate change.
In 2007, Ms. Dell led the creation of the WBCSD Global Water Tool which has since been used by hundreds of companies to measure their water usage and map their risks on a global level. In 2011, Ms. Dell led the creation of the GEMI Local Water Tool with the collaboration of 45 global companies. The Local Water Tool helps companies identify and manage the external impacts, business risks, and opportunities related to water use and discharge at a specific site or operation. Ms. Dell has written numerous technical papers and has spoken at multi-sector, multi-stakeholder forums on global energy-water-climate issues.
Placido dos Santos is a consultant with WestLand Resources, Inc. He has over 27 years of experience in water resources and environmental management. Much of his career has been focused on issues along the U.S.-Mexico border. Placido served in senior positions with the Arizona Water Institute (AWI), the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) and the Central Arizona Project (CAP).
He recently was an Analyst with the University of Arizona's Water Resources Research Center (WRRC.) He has served on several federal advisory bodies including the National Environmental Conflict Resolution Advisory Committee (NECRAC), the U.S. Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) regarding North American environmental issues and the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB) which advises the President and Congress on U.S.-Mexico border environmental issues.
He was chairman of the GNEB and the GAC. In 2000, Placido received the U.S. EPA Region 9 Earth Day Award for environmental excellence and in 2004 he received the Achievement Award from the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC). Before entering public service he was a mining exploration geologist in Chile's Atacama Desert and he served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. Placido earned a Bachelor's Degree in geology from the University of Colorado and performed graduate studies in geosciences at the University of Arizona.
Paul Fleming is the Manager of the Climate and Sustainability Group for the Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). Paul directs SPU's climate change program and is responsible for leading SPU's assessment efforts, developing SPU's climate adaptation and mitigation strategies and research agenda, and establishing collaborative partnerships with other utilities and research organizations in the U.S. and abroad. SPU provides a reliable drinking water supply to 1.3 million people in the Seattle metropolitan area and provides essential sewer, drainage and solid waste services to City of Seattle customers. Paul is active in the Water Utility Climate Alliance and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, and served on the Water Research Foundation's Climate Change Strategic Initiative's Expert Panel. He was Co-chair of EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities Working Group and has testified before the US House of Representatives on climate services legislation. Paul is particularly interested in ensuring that the knowledge, emerging capacity and climate assessment work of the water sector and local government is reflected in the NCA. Paul has a BA in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Washington. He is a Scott M. Johnson Fellow of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program and a participant in the U.S. Spain Council's Young Leaders Program.
Guido Franco is the technical co-director of the Energy Commission's California Climate Change Center which is dedicated to complement national and international climate change research efforts to produce studies tailored to inform policy in California. His main role for the Center involves the design of its overall research strategy and the coordination and integration of the research involving the University of California and other scientific entities in the state. Guido leads the preparation of periodic impacts and adaptation studies (Assessments) for California prepared for the Governor and the Legislature. These Assessments have been very influential. The first Assessment released in 2006 contributed to the passage of a law limiting 2020 greenhouse gas emissions in California to 1990 levels. The 2009 Assessment provided the scientific foundation for the first statewide adaptation strategy. Currently he is leading the preparation of the third assessment for California focusing on vulnerability and adaptation at the regional and local levels. Guido also acts as the main liaison between the scientists associated with the Center and local, regional, and state agencies to ensure that the Center's climate change research is practical and useful for long-term planning. He earned a master's degree in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
Mary Gade is currently the President of Gade Environmental Group, LLC, an international consulting firm that provides strategic advice on energy, climate and environmental issues. From October 2006 until June 2008, Ms. Gade served as the Region V Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to her Presidential appointment, she was a Partner in the environmental practice group of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal LLP in Chicago.
Previously, Ms. Gade was the Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency under Governor Jim Edgar. During her eight years there, she was a co-founder of the Environmental Council of the States. Ms. Gade has also held other senior management positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in key areas such as emergency response, Superfund cleanup and air quality. She served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator of U.S. EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response in Washington, D.C. In 2008, Ms. Gade was awarded the prestigious Richard Beatty Mellon Environmental Stewardship Award by the Air and Waste Management Association. Ms. Gade has a J.D. from Washington University School of Law.
Dr. Aris P. Georgakakos holds a civil engineering Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and master's and Ph.D. degrees in water resources from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Georgakakos is currently a Professor at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech, Head of the Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Water Resources Program, and Director of the Georgia Water Resources Institute. Dr. Georgakakos' research and technology transfer activities aim to develop and implement prototypical information and decision-support systems for integrated and sustainable water resources development and management. These systems combine data from conventional and remote sources, GIS, and models from various scientific and engineering disciplines (including climate, hydrology, agricultural science, water resources, wetland and river ecology, hydro-thermal power systems, economics, statistics, and operations research). Dr. Georgakakos has been involved in several world regions and his decision-support systems are currently used for river basin planning and management in Georgia and the southeastern U.S., California, East Africa, Brazil, Jordan, Greece, and China. His research has been sponsored by U.S. and foreign organizations including the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Bank, U.S. and European International Development Agencies, and several domestic and foreign electrical utilities. Dr. Georgakakos has published extensively and serves as an Associate Editor for the Advances in Water Resources Journal and the Journal of Hydrology.
David F. Hales has been president of College of the Atlantic since 2006. In 2007, College of the Atlantic became the first institution of higher education in the U.S. to become a 'NetZero' emitter of greenhouse gases, and was a founding member of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment. Before accepting the presidency of COA, he held numerous positions promoting sustainability nationally and internationally. In the 1990's, he directed environmental and sustainability programs of the United States Agency for International Development. He has also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks at the United States Interior Department, as Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and as the Samuel Dana Chair at the University of Michigan. Hales has represented the United States in various multilateral negotiations, including the Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Biodiversity, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, Rio Plus 5 and Habitat II and has served as chair or moderator of international conferences, including the Washington and Bonn International Conferences on Renewable Energy and the Hague Conference on Energy for Development. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Hales holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor's degree in political science from Hardin-Simmons University.
Dr. Mark Howden is a Chief Research Scientist with CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Canberra, Australia. He is also the Theme Leader of the 'Adaptive primary industries, enterprises and communities' theme in the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship and is an Honorary Professor at Melbourne University, School of Land and Food. Mark's work has focused on the impacts of climate on Australian ecosystems and urban systems dealing with, amongst other things, the dynamics of grazed and cropped ecosystems, development of innovative and sustainable farming systems, biodiversity, energy systems and water use. He has also developed the national (NGGI) and international (IPCC/OECD) greenhouse gas inventories for the agricultural sector and assessed sustainable methods of reducing greenhouse emissions from agriculture. Mark has worked on climate change issues for over 22 years in partnership with farmers, farmer groups, catchment groups, industry bodies, agribusiness, urban utilities and various policy agencies. He has been a major contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Assessment reports, the IPCC Regional Impacts Report and the IPCC Special Report on 'Land use, land use change and forestry' that addressed issues of carbon sequestration and the Kyoto Protocol, sharing the 2007 Peace Prize with other IPCC participants and Al Gore. Mark was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, for his research on tropical grazing systems.
Dr. Anthony Janetos is the Director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute, a joint venture between the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Maryland. He is also a Laboratory Fellow of PNNL. Dr. Janetos has many years of experience in managing scientific and policy research programs on a variety of ecological and environmental topics, including air pollution effects on forests, climate change impacts, land-use change, ecosystem modeling, and the global carbon cycle. He was also a co-convening lead author of the Climate Change Science Program's Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.3, Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity, and has participated in or led several national and international scientific assessments on climate and global change topics. With many collaborators, Dr. Janetos has written and spoken about the need to understand the scientific, environmental, economic, and policy linkages among the major global environmental issues, and the need to keep basic human needs in the forefront of the thinking of the environmental science and policy communities. Dr. Janetos graduated Magna cum Laude from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in biology and earned a master's degree and a Ph.D. in biology from Princeton University.
Peter Kareiva is Chief Scientist and Vice President for The Nature Conservancy. Prior to joining The Conservancy's staff, Peter spent more than 20 years in academics (primarily University of Washington and Brown University) and worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he directed the Northwest Fisheries Science Center Conservation Biology Division. Peter combines mathematical modeling with close attention to empirical data, and has published in the areas of mathematical biology, fisheries science, risk analysis, genetically engineered organisms, agricultural ecology, landscape ecology and global climate change. Peter believes that general communications and writing are essential in science, and has written (with Dr. Michelle Marvier of Santa Clara University) the conservation textbook Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature (Roberts & Company 2010). In 2007, Peter was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Peter also cofounded (with Gretchen Daily and Taylor Ricketts) the Natural Capital Project, a pioneering partnership among The Nature Conservancy, Stanford University and WWF to develop credible tools that allow routine consideration of nature's assets (or ecosystem services). Peter received his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University and his bachelor's degree in Zoology from Duke University.
Rattan Lal, Ph.D., is a professor of soil physics in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center at the Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus, OH. He holds adjunct professorship at the University of Iceland. He earned his B.Sc. (1963) from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India, and his M.Sc. (1965) from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India, and Ph.D. (1968) from OSU. Professor Lal worked at the University of Sydney, Australia as Senior Research Fellow (1968-69), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria as Soil Physicist (1970-1987), and at OSU since 1987. He conducts research on soils and climate change, soil quality, and soil restoration and management in relation to global food security. He teaches two graduate classes entitled "Soils and Climate" and "Environmental Soil Physics". He has been academic advisor to about 100 graduate students, 45 postdoctoral researchers and 60 visiting scholars. He is a member of the American Association for Advancement of Sciences, Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, and Soil and Water Conservation Society. He has authored and coauthored about 600 refereed journal articles and 13 books, and edited or co-edited 45 reference books. He was president of the Soil Science Society of America, and member of the U.S. National Committee of Soil Science of the NAS.
Arthur Lee is a Chevron Fellow and Principal Advisor of Environment and Climate Change at Chevron Services Company. He advises management on the business aspects of global climate change and technology deployment issues. Arthur is a team leader on deployment issues in the CO2 Capture Project, which is the global joint industry-governments project to develop the next generation of CO2 capture and storage technology. He is serving a 3-year term in the National Academy of Sciences (National Research Council) Board on Atmospheric Science and Climate. Since 2003, Arthur continues to participate in the stakeholders panels of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum policy group meetings. Arthur was a participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment processes, including in IPCC's Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (2005). He also participates in the International Energy Agency's activities on carbon capture and storage deployment and renewable energy technology assessments. From 2005-2007, he served as the chairman of the Climate Change Working Group of the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association, which has an official observer role at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations. Prior to joining Texaco in 1993, Arthur was a regulator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Acid Rain Division. He obtained his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1987 and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985.
Professor Diana Liverman is the co-director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona and professor of Geography and Development. She is also affiliated with Oxford University as visiting professor and senior research fellow in the Environmental Change Institute. Her degrees are from University College London (B.A.), University of Toronto (M.A.) and UCLA (Ph.D.). Her research interests include the human and social dimensions of environmental issues including vulnerability and adaptation to natural hazards and climate variability, environmental change and food security, and environmental problems and policy in the developing world especially Latin America. She is author of 6 books and more than 100 research articles, chapters and major reports. Her awards include the Founders Gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society and distinguished honors of the Association of American Geographers. Her service to national and international advisory committees includes leadership as chair of the USNRC committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change and of the U.S. National Academies panel on Informing America's Climate Choices. Internationally she chairs the scientific advisory committee international Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) program and has advised the Inter American Institute and the UK Climate Impacts Programme.
Dr. Rezaul Mahmood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Geology at Western Kentucky University. He is also Associate Director of the Kentucky Climate Center and the Kentucky Mesonet. In addition, Rezaul serves as the Editor of Earth Interactions, an academic journal jointly published by the American Geophysical Society, the American Meteorological Society, and the Association of American Geographers. He has received his PhD. in Geography from the University of Oklahoma with specialization in Climate Science. Subsequently, he has completed Post-doctoral research work from the University of Nebraska focusing on land surface-atmosphere interactions. He also has a BSc. and MSc. in Geography from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and an MA in Geography (with specialization in Climate Science) from the State University of New York at Albany. Currently, his teaching and research is focused on meteorological and climate monitoring, atmospheric modeling, impacts of land use land cover change on weather and climate. Rezaul played a key role in the development of strategic vision and design of the Kentucky Mesonet. He works very closely with the state climate office and spends significant time in service and outreach as they relate to weather and climate. In this capacity he is totally aware of the challenges related to assessing impacts of climate change on natural and socio-economic systems and also communicating our current understanding to citizens and policy makers.
Edward Maibach is director of George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication. Drawing on considerable experience as a researcher and practitioner of public health communication and social marketing, his work focuses on how to mobilize populations to adopt behaviors and support public policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to unavoidable consequences of climate change. Ed previously served as Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute, Worldwide Director of Social Marketing at Porter Novelli, and Board Chair at Kidsave International. He earned his doctoral degree at Stanford University and MPH at San Diego State University.
Michael McGeehin is a senior environmental health epidemiologist at the Research Triangle Institute with a PhD in environmental health sciences. His work focuses on investigating the associations between global climate change and human health outcomes, population vulnerability assessments, health impact assessments, and qualitative and quantitative integrated climate change and human health assessments. Prior to joining RTI, he enjoyed a long career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he spent the final 11 years of his career as Director of the Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects. Under his direction, CDC's Climate Change Program has funded intramural and extramural research on the health impacts of weather and ecologic changes associated with climate change and worked with state and city agencies to assess and respond to public health vulnerabilities to climate variability and change. Dr. McGeehin served as the co-chair of the Health Sector of the First U.S. National Assessment of Climate Change, working with a committee representing a wide range of disciplines and opinions on climate change to successfully assess the public health threats posed to the nation by a changing climate. He has received numerous HHS and CDC Distinguished Service Awards during his career. Dr. McGeehin received his BS in Biology from the University of Scranton, his MSPH from the University of Colorado, and his PhD from Colorado State University.
Philip W. Mote is a professor in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (occri.net) for the Oregon University System, and director of Oregon Climate Services (state climate office). Dr. Mote's current research interests include scenario development, regional climate modeling with a super-ensemble generated by volunteers' personal computers, and adaptation to climate change. He is the co-leader of the NOAA-funded Climate Decision Support Consortium for the Northwest, and also of the DOI-funded Climate Science Center for the Northwest. He led the Pacific Northwest contribution to the first U.S. National Assessment and has served on numerous author teams for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the National Research Council (NRC), and others, including the NRC Panel on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change. He earned a B.A. in physics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington.
Jayantha Obeysekera is the Director of the Hydrologic & Environmental Systems Modeling Department at the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). Dr. Obeysekera holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Sri Lanka, M. Eng. from University of Roorkee, India, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. Prior to joining SFWMD in 1987, he worked as an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University. During his career, Dr. Obeysekera has published nearly 40 research articles in refereed journals and over 50 others in the field of water resources. He has taught short courses in the countries of Dominican Republic, Colombia, Spain, Sri Lanka, and U.S. He has served as a member of National Research Council (NRC) committee on Klamath River and as an advisory team member to review the computer modeling of the New Orleans area in the aftermath of the hurricane Katrina. He was a co-principal investigator for a US NSF funded project on the investigation of the tsunami impacts in Sri Lanka. He is currently serving as a member of two NRC committees on California Bay-Delta. His group has been instrumental in the application of climate outlook and projections for planning and operations of the south Florida water resources system. Presently, he is the technical lead for climate change and climate variability investigations at SFWMD.
Marie O'Neill's research interests include health effects of air pollution, temperature extremes and climate change (mortality, asthma, hospital admissions, and cardiovascular endpoints); environmental exposure assessment; and socio-economic influences on health. She has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Pan American Health Organization, in Mexico at the National Institute of Public Health and the National Center for Environmental Health as a Fulbright Scholar, and as a Research Fellow in Environmental Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at University of Michigan from 2004 to 2006. O'Neill earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies/Hispanic Literature and Culture from Brown University in 1990, an M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences from Harvard University in 1997, and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina in 2000.
John Posey has served in state and local government for more than 15 years, and is currently the Director of Research for the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the St. Louis region. Formerly he was Director of Policy for the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development, the state's public welfare agency. He holds a Ph.D. from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Research interests include adaptive capacity, vulnerable populations and urban systems. Published research has appeared in the journals Global Environmental Change and Public Works Management and Policy, among other places.
Sara C Pryor is Provost Professor of Atmospheric Science at Indiana University. Her primary fields of research are climate variability, downscaling methodologies and regional manifestations of climate change. She has published nearly 100 journal articles in the field of climate research, and has been PI on a number of grants from the National Science Foundation and other agencies for regional climate analyses (e.g. Climate change impacts on regional wind climates). Sara is editor of the book 'Understanding climate change: Climate variability, predictability and change in the Midwestern United States' (published in 2009) and for the forthcoming book; 'Understanding climate change: Climate change impacts, risks, vulnerability and adaptation in the Midwest'. Sara has collaborated on a number of North American and European projects on the topic of climate change/variability and the energy sector, and holds a guest appointment at the Danish Technical University and the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Sara is a contributing author on the forthcoming IPCC report: Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) (Chapter 'Wind Energy'), serves as Editor of the American Geophysical Union journal; Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, and is currently engaged by the International Atomic Energy Authority under a special services contract for analyses of climate change extremes and critical energy infrastructure. She received a Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia.
Richard Schmalensee is the Howard W. Johnson Professor of Economics and Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a member of the MIT Energy Council, and Director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. He served as the John C Head III Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management from 1998 through 2007. He was the Member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers with primary responsibility for energy and environmental policy from 1989 through 1991. In that capacity, he was involved in the design of the tradable allowance program to deal with acid rain and in the development of climate policy. Professor Schmalensee has published 11 books and more than 110 articles; his work focuses on industrial organization economics and its applications to environmental, energy, antitrust, and regulatory policy. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has served on the National Commission on Energy Policy and the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association. He is a Director of Resources for the Future and a member of the National Academies Committee on America's Climate Choices. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1970.
Dr. Schwartz is an internationally recognized leader in environmental and civil engineering. Now an independent consultant, he spent the most of his career with the Sverdrup Corporation (now Jacobs Engineering) where he became President and later Chairman of Sverdrup/Jacobs Civil, one of the nation's largest, most respected civil engineering firms. He is President Emeritus of the American Society of Civil Engineers, served as President of the Water Environment Federation, and was the founding Chairman of the Water Environment Research Foundation. In recent years, he has become an expert on adaptation to climate change especially as it relates to the nation's transportation system. Dr. Schwartz chaired the NRC Committee on Climate Change and U.S. Transportation, served on the Federal Advisory Committee for the Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, and on the Adaptation Panel for the NRC report, America's Climate Choices. Dr. Schwartz received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology, his BS and MS from Washington University in St. Louis. He also attended Princeton University and Columbia University's Business Program. Recipient of many awards, Dr. Schwartz was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 1997 and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the California Institute of Technology in 2004.
Joel B. Smith, a Principal with Stratus Consulting, has been analyzing climate change impacts and adaptation issues for over 20 years. He is and has been a coordinating lead author or lead author on the Third, Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Mr. Smith was a member of the National Academy of Sciences "Panel on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change." He has provided technical advice, guidance, and training on assessing climate change impacts and adaptation to people around the world and to international organizations, the U.S. government, states, municipalities, and the non-profit and private sectors. Mr. Smith worked for the U.S. EPA from 1984 to 1992, where he was the deputy director of Climate Change Division. He joined Hagler Bailly in 1992 and Stratus Consulting in 1998. He was a coeditor of The Potential Effects of Global Climate Change on the United States (1989), As Climate Changes: International Impacts and Implications (1995), Adaptation to Climate Change: Assessments and Issues (1996), Climate Change, Adaptive Capacity, and Development (2003), and The Impact of Climate Change on Regional Systems: A Comprehensive Analysis of California (2006). He has published more than thirty articles and chapters on climate change impacts and adaptation in peer-reviewed journals and books and has edited a number of books. Mr. Smith received a B.A. (magna cum laude) from Williams College in 1979, and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan in 1982.