Addressing climate-related challenges and opportunities in the Pacific Islands including: extreme events and coastal hazards, water resources, coastal community planning and economic development, and public health and safety. Also exploring issues related to sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. Directing National Climatic Data Center programs in climate product development, societal applications and the delivery of climate information services to support decision-making in government, businesses and communities. Previously, founder and executive director of the Center for the Applications of Research on the Environment (Institute of Global Environment and Society, Inc. in Calverton, MD). Eighteen years of U.S. Federal Government service in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), including 10 years as the deputy director of the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program as well as experience in the NOAA Budget and Finance and Congressional Affairs offices. Bachelor’s degree in marine biology and masters work in environmental law and marine resource management. BA, marine biology, University of Delaware.
Speech Titles / Topics
Climate services; climate vulnerability and adaptation; climate assessment and forecast applications; Environmental science, assessment and public policy; Societal applications of climate research; Ocean and coastal resource management; Science for sustainable development.