Project Background

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Advisory Council

Project Leaders

Susi Moser, Ph.D.

Susi is a geographer by training (Ph.D. 1997, Clark University), whose research foci for the last ten years have been the human dimensions of global change. She has focused on uncertainties in the human dimensions (causes, impacts, and responses) of global change, especially focused on coastal areas.

Susi then did a post-doc at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in the Global Environmental Assessment project, which examined the role and influence of science and assessments in policy- and decision-making. She also worked for the Heinz Center in Washington, DC on a congressionally mandated project on coastal erosion and management.

From there, Susi went for four years to the Union of Concerned Scientists, where she was the staff scientist for climate change, managing climate change impacts projects and working in the trenches of effective climate change communication and social mobilization for change. Since September 2003 she is back in the world of research, but continuing in the same thematic vein: to find ways to bridge the science-lay public and science-policy gaps so as to better inform the public debate and action agenda on our common future.

Lisa Dilling, Ph.D.

Lisa is a biological oceanographer by training (Ph.D. 1997, University of California, Santa Barbara), and has wide-ranging interests in the area of carbon cycle and climate science. She has studied the carbon cycle in the ocean, as well as the implications of carbon cycle science for policy formulation.

Lisa accepted a Knauss Sea Grant Fellowship to learn about climate policy directly in Washington, DC, and became interested in the application of research science results to better benefit society. She served for 5 years in the Office of Global Programs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she directed carbon cycle science programs in the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program.

While working at the national level, Lisa became increasingly interested to finding ways to bridge the science-society interface, or working to improve the connection of scientific research to societal needs. This interest brought her to the Environmental and Societal Impacts Group at the National Center for Atmospheric Research where she is now back on the research side of the issue, and working on application of carbon cycle science to policy issues in climate change.



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