Martha A. Krebs
California Energy Commission
MARTHA KREBS is Deputy Director for R&D, Public Interest Energy Research Program, the California Energy Commission. The Division is responsible for the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program, which conducts research that seeks to improve the quality of life for California citizens by developing environmentally sound, reliable, and affordable electricity and natural gas services and products. Prior to this she was President of Science Strategies, an analysis and consulting firm that works with public and private organizations to identify critical issues and opportunities in science and technology. Before establishing Science Strategies, she was an Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California at Los Angeles. She came to UCLA as the founding Institute Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), where she was responsible for establishing the initial leadership, strategic direction, and administration of the Institute. The Institute is focused on the understanding and design of nanostructures and their integration into complex systems with new properties beyond those already found in nature. Earlier, she was a senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analysis, where she led studies in R&D management, planning, and budgeting. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the Association of Women in Science. She is a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Energy and Environmental Systems and its Board on Chemical Science and Technology. She is also a Trustee of the Institute for Defense Analyses. She received her B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the Catholic University of America.
Robert J. Lempert
The RAND Corporation
ROBERT LEMPERT is a Senior Scientist at RAND and an internationally recognized expert on decision-making under conditions of deep uncertainty. Dr. Lempert has led studies on climate change policy, the environment, energy, counter-terrorism and national security strategies, and on science and technology investment strategies. Clients for his research include the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and several multinational firms. A Professor of Policy analysis in the Pardee RAND Graduate School, Dr. Lempert is an author of the recent book Shaping the Next One Hundred Years: New Methods for Quantitative, Longer-Term Policy Analysis. Dr. Lempert is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Climate Research Committee, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University.
MACK MCFARLAND is a Principal Scientist of Environmental Programs at DuPont Fluoroproducts. Dr. McFarland planned, conducted, and interpreted field experiments designed to probe the cycles that control atmospheric ozone concentrations. These studies included measurements of gases and processes important to the global climate change issue. In late 1983 he joined the DuPont Company. His primary responsibilities have been in the areas of coordination of research programs and assessment and interpretation of scientific information on stratospheric ozone depletion and global climate change. During 1995 and 1996 he was on loan to the Atmosphere Unit of the United Nations Environment Programme, and in 1997 he was on loan to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II Technical Support Unit. The value of his contributions to DuPont has been recognized through a C&P Flagship Award, Environmental Respect Awards, and Environmental Excellence Awards. In 1999 he was awarded an individual Climate Protection Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for his contributions in providing understandable and reliable information to decision makers. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Colorado.
Susanne C. Moser
National Center for Atmospheric Research
SUSANNE C. MOSER is a Research Scientist at the Institute for the Study of Society and Environment at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. She previously served as a staff scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a visiting assistant professor at Clark University, and a fellow in the Global Environmental Assessment Project at Harvard University. Her research interests include the impacts of environmental change on people and ecosystems, societal responses to coastal hazards, responses to uncertainty related to environmental and social change, and the use of science to support policy- and decision-making. Current work includes a study of climate change communication and a study of climate change impacts on human health in California. She received a Vordiplom and a diploma in Applied Physical Geography from the University of Trier and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Geography from Clark University.
Jonathan A. Patz
University of Wisconsin-Madison
JONATHAN A. PATZ is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Population Health Sciences, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has a joint appointment with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences. He was formerly Director of the Program on Health Effects of Global Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research activities are focused on the effects of climate change on head waves, air pollution and water- and vectorborne diseases, and the link between deforestation and resurgent diseases in the Amazon. He was cochair for the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Variability and Change health sector expert panel and convening lead author for the United Nations/World Bank Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He holds joint facility appointments with the department of epidemiology, international health, microbiology, medicine, and earth and planetary sciences, and he is an affiliate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. His has a M.D. degree from Case Western University and a M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University.
Goddard Institute for Space Studies
CYNTHIA E. ROSENZWEIG is a Research Scientist at the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Institute for Space Studies, where she is the leader of the Climate Impacts Group. The mission of the group is to investigate the interactions of climate with systems and sectors important to ecological and human well-being. She is currently leading the Metropolitan East Coast Region for the U.S. National Assessment of Climate Variability and Change. She is also an adjunct research scientist at the Columbia University Earth Institute, and an adjunct professor at Barnard College, with degrees from Rutgers University and the University of Massachusetts. Her research focuses on the impacts of environmental change, including increasing carbon dioxide, global warming, and El Niño, on regional, national, and global scales. She received her M.S. in Soils and Crops from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences from the University of Massachusetts.
Miami-Dade County, Florida
HARVEY RUVIN is County Clerk for Miami-Dade County. He has held this elected seat since 1992, managing 1400 employees and a $65 million budget. He has been a public servant for most of the last four decades. He has been Mayor of the City of North Bay Village, and served five consecutive four-year terms on the Metro Dade County Commission. As President of the National Association of Counties, he chaired task forces on immigration, environment and energy, and liability insurance. He is a past chairman and current member of the Urban Consortium of Public Technology, which is the technology arm of the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties and the International City/County Management Association, seeking to apply emerging technologies to local government needs. In 1990 he helped form the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, which started the
Cities for Climate Protection initiative, reducing GHGs in 14 communities around the world. He was recently appointed Co-Chair of the Miami-Dade County Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, which has 25 appointed members, and committees focused on steering, science, intergovernmental affairs, natural systems adaptation, built environment/property/infrastructure, GHG reduction, and economic/social/health. He has also served on advisory panels to Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton covering areas such as energy and sustainability. He holds an Engineering degree from the University of Florida and a J.D. from the University of Miami.
University of California, Irvine
SOROOSH SOROOSHIAN is Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on surface hydrology, primarily in the area of rainfall-runoff modeling. He has devoted much of his effort to model identification and calibration issues and has developed special estimation criteria to account for the uncertainties of calibration data. Other research interests include the application of remote sensing data for characterization of hydrologic parameters and fluxes and the implication of climate variability and change in water resources. He also consults on problems related to surface hydrology and flood forecasting. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and has been a member of several NRC committees. He is presently chair of the Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment Panel. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering form California Polytechnic State University and an M.S. in Operations Research. He has a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.
American International Group, Inc.
RICHARD THOMAS is the Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer for the Domestic Brokerage Group of American International Group. He has held a number of positions at AIG, including President of its Risk Management’s Industry Specialties Group, and oversight of its strategic planning and implementation for casualty underwriting worldwide. He worked previously with Aetna Life & Casualty, The Hartford Group, INA/CIGNA, Reliance Insurance Companies, and the American Home and National Union Insurance Companies. He serves on the M-200, an association of risk managers of multi-national corporations, and the Board of the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute, which he has also chaired. He has served on the Boards of the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Illinois Insurance Exchange, New York Medical Malpractice Insurance Association, Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association, United States Aviation Insurance Group and Industrial Risk Insurers. He has testified before the United States Treasury Department on insurance issues related to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and “Super Fund” act, and before U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on insurance programs for large construction projects. He holds a B.A. from Hiram College.
Kathleen J. Tierney
University of Colorado at Boulder
KATHLEEN J. TIERNEY is Professor of Sociology and Director of Natural Hazards Research and Applications at the University of Colorado. Prior to this she was professor of sociology and director of the disaster research center at the University of Delaware. With more than 25 years of experience in the disaster field, she has been involved in research on the social aspects and impacts of major earthquakes in California and Japan, floods in the Midwest, Hurricanes Hugo and Andrew, and many other natural and technological disaster events. Since September 2001, she has been directing a study on the organizational and community response in New York following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. She is the author of many articles, book chapters, and technical reports on the social aspects of hazards, disasters, and risk. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Ohio State University.