Curriculum Vitae

Susanne C. Moser, Ph.D.
Institute for the Study of Society and Environment
National Center for Atmospheric Research
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Selected Highlights from the Curriculum Vitae



Ph.D., Geography, Clark University, Worcester, MA


M.A., Geography, Clark University, Worcester, MA


Diploma, Applied Physical Geography, University of Trier, Germany
(Minors: Geology, Soil Science, Canadian Studies) (M.A. equivalent)


Certificate in Canadian Studies, University of Trier, Germany


Vordiplom, University of Trier, Germany (B.A. equivalent)

Selected Scholarships & Awards


Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellow


Selected fellow of the UCAR Leadership Academy


Global Environmental Assessment Fellowship and grant from the Heinz Foundation, Harvard University, J.F. Kennedy School of Government and The Heinz Center, Washington, DC


Global Environmental Assessment Fellowship, Harvard University, Center for Science and International Affairs, J.F. Kennedy School of Government


NSF Dissertation Award from the Decision, Risk, and Management Science Division for "Mapping the territory of uncertainty and ignorance: Broadening current assessment and policy approaches."

Main Professional Positions

July 2005-

Research Scientist II, ISSE, NCAR

Sept. 2003-
June 2005

Research Scientist I, Institute for the Study of Society and Environment/ Environmental & Societal Impacts Group, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)


Visiting Assistant Professor, Clark University


Staff Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists, Global Environment Program


Fellow, Global Environmental Assessment Project, KSG, Harvard University

Professional Organizations


Associate Member, IHDP Core Project on Global Environmental Change and Human Security (GECHS)


Member, American Geophysical Union


Member, National Council for Geographic Education


Member, Union of Concerned Scientists, Sound Science Initiative


Member, Verband der Geographen an Deutschen Hochschulen


Member, Association of American Geographers (AAG)

Selected Professional Services

Academic and Outreach Services, NCAR


Member, ISSE/NCAR Earth Day Planning Committee


Member, Advanced Studies Program (ASP) Advisory Council


Member, Synthesis Team, Northeast Climate Change Impacts Assessment (coordinated by the Union of Concerned Scientists)


Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Social Change and the Nascent Climate Movement.


Mentor, SOARS Program for underrepresented minority students in the sciences.



Service in Professional Organizations


Member, AAG Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Committee


Chair, AAG Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group


Secretary/Treasurer, AAG Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group


Member, Board of Directors, AAG Hazards Specialty Group


Member, Board of Directors, AAG Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group


Secretary/Treasurer, AAG Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group


Peer Review


Review of proposals and reports for National Research Council, National Science Foundation, U.S. Global Change Research Program, NOAA-Sea Grant, NOAA-Office of Global Programs (various programs, incl. RISA, SARP); Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (various); Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research; Review of global change research strategies of the EPA, U.S. Global Change Research Program, Climate Change Science Program; Review of journal manuscripts for the AAG Annals, Geoforum, Global Environmental Politics, ARCTIC, Physical Geography, Journal of the American Water Resources Association(JAWRA), Climatic Change, Regional Studies, Local Environment, Global Environmental Change, Environmental Science & Policy, Journal of Environmental Management, Geography Compass;

Review of book manuscripts for Arizona University Press, SCOPE/Springer


Editorial Services  


Member, Editorial Board ("Wissenschaftlicher Beirat"), Communication, Cooperation and Participation (E-Journal for Sustainable Societal Transformation Processes)




Member, City of ChicagoClimate Research Advisory Council, City of Chicago and Global Philanthropy Partnership.


Advisor to Mayor of Boulder, CO on developing a local climate change outreach strategy


Appointed member, Cambridge Climate Protection Task Force, Cambridge, MA

Recent Research Foci



NOAA-Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (RISA) Program. Evaluation of the RISA experience, with special emphasis on the science-practice interaction; Pilot projects with the Hawai'i/Pacific Island and Alaska RISA centers.


Research on Adaptation Opportunities and Barriers in the U.S. Northeast as part of a large multi-collaborator climate change impacts assessment for the Northeast (NECIA). Also member of the synthesis team for the entire assessment.


National Research Council. Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making. Invited Study Participant; focus on the First U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change.


Climate Change Communication and Social Change – Project funded by the MacArthur Foundation; included an interdisciplinary workshop in June 2004 and the preparation of an edited volume (with Lisa Dilling, CIRES/University of Colorado ).


Research on Coping Capacity and Adaptation to Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Erosion in California­ Project partially funded by CalEPA and CEC (with John Tribbia, Amy Luers).


Development of a Screening Tool for Uncertainty in Decision-Making; contribution to the Weather and Climate Impacts Assessment Science Program, ISSE/NCAR.


Recent Fund Raising Experience


Internal Proposal to NCAR's Weather & Climate Impacts Assessment Science Program, research related to decision-making under uncertainty, the NCAR-RISA collaboration, and science-policy interaction in the context of adaptation in coastal regions ($80,000).


“Information Needs to Deal with the Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on Coastal California ” and “Indices of Coping Capacity in California ”, California Environmental Protection Agency and California Energy Commission ($ 26,262 ).


“Toward Successful NCAR–RISA Collaboration: An Exploratory Workshop.” NOAA-OGP ($4,000); NCAR Weather and Climate Impacts Assessment Science Initiative ($5,000).


“Climate Change Communication and Social Change Project” – funds raised from NSF ($5,000), Walter Orr Roberts Institute/NCAR ($6,500), and the Environmental and Societal Impacts Group ($5,000); additional (unsolicited) funds from The MacArthur Foundation ($25,000).


Contributed to various successful proposals to private foundations (e.g., Packard, Turner, Oak, Luce, MacArthur, Marbrook and others for climate change-related projects) while at the Union of Concerned Scientists

Recent Teaching, Curriculum Development and Advising Experience


Invited mid-career mentor, DISCCRS Symposium, see

2006, 2007

Invited faculty staff for the Geography Faculty Development Alliance summer workshop for early career faculty in geography, University of Colorado, Boulder.


Mentor, research advisor for graduate student John Tribbia, CU-Boulder; ongoing mentoring of students elsewhere


SOARS Program Mentor for Clarence Mann ( Morehouse College ), NCAR

Selected Publications

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Selected Presentations

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Recent Workshops and Conferences (co/organized, co/chaired, recorded)


Exploring the Boundaries of Nature: An Interactive Dialogue on the Environment, Aspen, CO, August 13-19 (co-organizer with Jeffrey Kiehl, Steve Bennett, Galin McGowan, Stephen Foster, Donald Williams).

2005, 2006

Toward Successful NCAR–RISA Collaboration: An Exploratory Workshop. Organizing/brainstorming meeting, Tuscon, AZ, March 20 and November 15, Arlington, VA (organizer and co-leader with Linda Mearns)


Climate Scenarios and Projections: The Known, the Unknown and the Unknowable – Applied to California. Aspen Global Change Institute - Workshop Co-chairs: Steve Schneider and Richard Moss, March 2004 (session recorder and synthesizer).


Communicating Urgency – Facilitating Social Change. Three-day workshop on climate change communication and social change, NCAR, June 8-11 (co-organizer, co-chair with Lisa Dilling).



Recent Panels (Contributed, Co-Chaired, or Co-Organized)


Bringing Geography to the World. Panel organizer and chair, AAG Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 17-21.


Getting to the Heart of the Science-Practice Interaction. Panel contribution at the ARCUS 18 th Annual Meeting and Arctic Forum, Washington, DC, May 26.


Work at the Science-Practice Interface. Invited panelist in a session on the Science-Practice Interface, organized by Coleen Vogel, at the Sixth Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Change Community, Bonn, October 11, 2005.


Coastal Futures – High and Dry. Chair and panel co-organizer. 101 st Annual Meeting of the AAG. Denver, CO, April 5-9 (co-organizer and co-chair with Diane Horn, Birkbeck College, London )



Media Work

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Other Outreach

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