Rosina Bierbaum

Professor

Education: 

PhD, State University of New York (ecology and evolution)

BS, Boston College (biology)

BA, Boston College (english) 

Phone: 
(734) 763-8675
Office: 
4034 Dana

About: 

Professor Bierbaum, PhD, 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.  From 2001-2011, she served as Dean of SNRE and oversaw the creation of a new undergraduate program in the environment as well as five dual Master’s degrees across campus. In addition to serving President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), Bierbaum is an Adaptation Fellow at the World Bank, leads the Adaptation Chapter for the Congressionally-mandated U.S. National Climate assessment, and is review editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She has served in both the executive and legislative branches of Government for two decades--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.

Research: 
  • 2002-2010: U.S. Scientific Expert, Permanent Court of Arbitration Panel of Arbitrators for Arbitration of Disputes Relating to Natural Resources and/or the Environment.

  • 2005: Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, National Research Council, The National Academies (2002-2010) - Co-Chair, Committee on Earth-Atmosphere Interactions: Understanding and Responding to Multiple Environmental Stresses.

  • 2006-2010: Trustee, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), 2004-2010 - Executive Committee.

  • 2008-2009: Science Advisory Council, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

  • 2007-2009: Michigan Climate Action Council.

Accolades: 

Sustainable Development Award for Use of Social Media to bring Climate Science to a wider audience (2013). 

Michigan Environmental Council’s Helen & William Milliken Distinguished Service Award (2012).

Elected Fellow, the Ecological Society of America (2012).

Distinguished Service Citation for application of ecology in the public welfare, Ecological Society of America (2010).

Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2007).

Select publications: 

Service: 

U.S. National Climate Assessment - Member, Federal Advisory Committee, and Convening Lead Author of the Adaptation Chapter (2011-2014). 

Board Member, Alliance for Climate Protection (2012-present). 

(PCAST) President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (2009-present)