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About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Bierbaum, Rosina M.
Location University of Michigan
Primary Field Human Environmental Sciences
Secondary Field Evolutionary Biology
 Election Citation
Bierbaum has chaired key domestic and international climate change assessments, including some of the earliest on the need for adaptation in communities and multilateral organizations.
 Research Interests
Rosina Bierbaum has been involved in science assessments for over 30 years. Her current research seeks to bridge the academic/practitioner divide to help communities and development agencies utilize 'best practices' and 'lessons learned' from implementing environmental projects in the face of climate change. She chairs the Science and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environmental Facility, which reviews projects designed to implement multilateral environmental agreements. Currently, STAP is designing climate-screening guidelines, reviewing criteria to ensure durability of project outcomes, and encouraging development of core indicators. Rosina is also a Science Adviser to the Global Commission on Adaptation. At the Office of Technology Assessment, she worked on nine environmental assessments to inform pending legislation and led the only Congressionally mandated analysis on climate adaptation Preparing for an Uncertain Climate. At OSTP, she oversaw the development of the First National Climate Assessment, and the first 10-year Global Change Research Plan. Subsequently, she chaired the Adaptation chapter of the Third National Climate Assessment, and PCAST reports on Environmental Capital, Drinking Water Safety, and Private Sector Adaptation. She co-chaired the World Development report Development and Climate Change, and Confronting Climate Change: Avoiding the Unmanageable and Managing the Unavoidable prepared at the request of the Commission on Sustainable Development. As Dean at the University of Michigan, she created five new dual degree MS programs, and designed interdisciplinary core curricula.

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