Rosina Bierbaum

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Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Roy F. Westin Chair in Natural Economics, University of Maryland

Rosina Bierbaum focuses her research on the interface of science and policy–principally on issues related to climate change adaptation and mitigation at the national and international levels. She is a Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan; from 2001-2011, she served as Dean and oversaw the creation of a new undergraduate program in the environment as well as five dual Master’s degrees across campus. As well, she is the Roy F. Westin Chair in Natural Economics at the University of Maryland.  Bierbaum is the Chair of the Science and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility. She served on President Obama’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST), as an Adaptation Fellow at the World Bank, led the Adaptation Chapter for the Congressionally-mandated U.S. National Climate assessment, and was a review editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Rosina has served in both the Executive and Legislative branches of the U.S. Government–as the Senate-confirmed director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Environment Division, and in multiple capacities at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.

Bierbaum is on the board of the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Federation of American Scientists, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, and the Gordon E. and Betty I. Moore Foundation (among others).  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Ecological Society of America.  Bierbaum received the American Geophysical Union’s Waldo Smith award for ‘extraordinary service to Geosciences’, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Climate Protection Award”.