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Joe Aldy is a Fellow at Resources for the Future. His research focuses on climate change policy, mortality risk valuation, and energy policy and his work has been published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Land Economics, Energy Journal, and Environmental and Resource Economics. He is co-editing a book with Rob Stavins titled Architectures for Agreement: Addressing Global Climate Change in the Post-Kyoto World to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2007. Aldy served on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1997 to 2000 where he was responsible for climate change policy and other environmental issues. He served as lead author of the Administration July 1998 report “The Kyoto Protocol and the President’s Policies to Address Climate Change: Administration Economic Analysis.” Aldy participated in bi-lateral and multi-lateral workshops and meetings on climate change policy in Argentina, Bolivia, China, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Korea, Israel, Mexico, and Uzbekistan as well as at COP-4, COP-5, the OECD, and the International Energy Agency. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, a Master of Environmental Management degree from the Nicholas School of the Environment, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in water resources from Duke University.

Scott Barrett is Professor of Environmental Economics and International Political Economy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where he also directs the International Policy Program. He is the author of Environment and Statecraft: The Strategy of Environmental Treaty-Making (Oxford University Press 2005) and numerous research and policy papers on climate change. He has also advised a number of international bodies on the subject, including different agencies of the United Nations, the European Commission, the OECD and, most recently, the International Task Force on Global Public Goods. He was a lead author of the second assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was previously a member of the Academic Panel of Environmental Economists to the UK’s Department of Environment. He received his PhD in economics from the London School of Economics. His latest book, Why Cooperate? The Incentive to Supply Global Public Goods, will be published by Oxford University Press this summer.

Peter H. Gleick, Ph.D., is co-founder and President of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, California. His research and writing address the critical connections between water and human health, the hydrologic impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, privatization and globalization, and international conflicts over water resources.

Dr. Gleick is an internationally recognized water expert and was named a MacArthur Fellow in October 2003 for his work. In 2001, Gleick was dubbed a “visionary on the environment” by the British Broadcasting Corporation. In 1999, Gleick was elected an Academician of the International Water Academy, in Oslo, Norway and in 2006, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

Gleick received a B.S. from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the boards of numerous journals and organizations, and is the author of many scientific papers and five books, including the biennial water report, The World’s Water, published by Island Press (Washington, D.C.).

Paul Higgins is a Senior Policy Fellow at the American Meteorological Society. He develops and advances solutions to society’s climate change problem. As part of these efforts, he initiated the ClimatePolicy project. From 2005-2006 Paul was a Congressional Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). During his fellowship year, he analyzed climate policy in the office of Senator Mike DeWine. While there he developed provisions to encourage international cooperation and to broadly benefit a wide range of stakeholders. Paul’s scientific research examines the causes and consequences of global climate change. He received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University and was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of California. He is a former fellow of the Department of Energy’s Global Change Education Program.

Daniel M. Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL). Kammen is also the Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment.

Kammen received his undergraduate (Cornell A., B. ’84) and graduate (Harvard M. A. ’86, Ph.D. ’88) training is in physics After postdoctoral work at Caltech and Harvard, Kammen was professor and Chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 1993 – 1998. He then moved to UC Berkeley.

Through RAEL Kammen works with faculty colleagues, postdoctoral fellows, and roughly 20 doctoral students on a wide range of science, engineering, economics and policy projects related to energy science, engineering and the environment. The focus of Kammen’s work is on the science and policy of clean, renewable energy systems, energy efficiency, the role of energy in national energy policy, international climate debates, and the use and impacts of energy sources and technologies on development, particularly in Africa and Latin America. His work is interdisciplinary, and extends from theoretical studies to highly practical field projects and the design and development of specific policy initiatives and pieces of legislation. Kammen has published five books, over 200 journal articles and 30 research reports.

Daniel Kammen serves on the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, on the Technical Review Board of the Global Environment Facility is on the advisory board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and in 1998 was elected a Permanent Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences.

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Michael MacCracken is Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs with the Climate Institute in Washington DC. His activities focus on improving understanding of climate change and its impacts and outreach efforts focused on extending public understanding. Dr. MacCracken is president of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS) for the period 2003-2007 and on the executive committees of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics and the Scientific Committee for Oceanic Research. From 1968 to 1993, his research with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory focused on modeling the effects of natural and human-induced climate change and air pollution. From 1993-2002 he was on detail as the senior climate change scientist with the interagency Office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), where from 1993 to 1997 he served as the first executive director of the Office and from 1997-2001 as executive director of its National Assessment Coordination Office. Dr. MacCracken received his B.S. in Engineering degree from Princeton University in 1964 and his Ph.D. degree in Applied Science from the University of California Davis/Livermore in 1968. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a member of the American Meteorological Society, The Oceanography Society, the American Geophysical Union, and Sigma Xi.

Michael D. Mastrandrea, Ph.D., is a Research Associate at the Center for Environmental Science and Policy and a Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environment and Resources (IPER) at Stanford University, where his research focuses on scientific questions with political and societal implications and their accurate and effective translation for the general public and policy makers in particular. His research interests include modeling of the climate and economy as a tool for climate policy analysis; probabilistic analysis of the potential for “dangerous” climate change; analysis of the impacts of global climate change on human society and world ecosystems; and risk perception of climate change. Mastrandrea was the first graduate of IPER, where he was a Department of Energy Global Change Education Program Fellow. His publications include papers in Science Magazine and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He is also an author for Working Group II, Chapter 19 (Assessing Key Vulnerabilities and the Risk from Climate Change), and Working Group III, Chapter 3 (Issues Related to Mitigation in the Long-Term Context) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report due out this year.

Bryan K. Mignone is a Science and Technology Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program of the Brookings Institution. Working primarily at the intersection of climate, energy and technology policy, he has authored several articles about the global carbon cycle, the optimal timing of carbon mitigation, the international regulatory structure for greenhouse gases, and the role of carbon capture and storage in mitigating climate change. Most recently, he has been involved in an effort to assess the costs and benefits of global greenhouse gas mitigation, focusing on the role of emerging technology and energy efficiency, as well as on the implications for energy security policy. Dr. Mignone has previously held positions in the Applied Economics Practice of the Lewin Group, in the Materials Science Institute of the University of Oregon and at the Worldwatch Institute in Washington D.C. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Geosciences from Princeton University, a Certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and an A.B. in Physics and Philosophy from Cornell University.

Richard Rood is a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences at the University of Michigan where he teaches atmospheric science and climate dynamics. In 2006 he initiated a cross-discipline course, Climate Change: The Intersection of Science, Economics, and Policy, which has been expanded to address the broader issues of impacts and adaptation. As a member of the Senior Executive Service at NASA, he received recognition for his ability to lead both scientific and high performance computing activities. His scientific background is modeling tracer transport and chemistry in the atmosphere, and more recently, climate modeling. He shares recognition with S. J. Lin for developing the finite-volume dynamical core, the first new dynamical core to achieve wide adoption in atmospheric science in more than 40 years. As Head of the Data Assimilation Office (now GMAO) from 1992-1998, he pioneered the expansion of the scope of data assimilation from numerical weather prediction applications to more generalized Earth science, e.g. climate and chemistry. He is an expert in the quantitative analysis of model simulations with observational information. Currently he writes a regular blog for the Weather Underground.

Richard Rood is a Fellow of American Meteorological Society and a winner of the World Meteorological Organization’s Norbert Gerbier Award. He served on National Research Council’s Board on Competitiveness of U.S. Climate Modeling (2000) and was the lead author High-End Climate Science: Development of Modeling and Related Computing Capabilities, written while detailed to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. His full resume can be found here.

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