Rosina Bierbaum

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Rosina M. Bierbaum
Dean Rosina M. Bierbaum.jpg
Acting Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy
In office
January 21, 2001 – September 30, 2001
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byNeal F. Lane
Succeeded byClifford Gabriel
Personal details
Born (1952-09-30) September 30, 1952 (age 66)
Alma materStony Brook, Ph.D. Ecology and Evolution, 1985 Boston College B.S. Biology, 1974, B.A. English, 1974
OccupationUniversity administrator
AwardsThe Waldo E. Smith Medal of the American Geophysical Union (2000)

The "Climate Protection Award" from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (1999.
Scientific career
FieldsEnvironmental Science
ThesisThe physiological consequences of harboring a symbiont: the effect of Pea crabs (Pinnotheres maculatus) on mussels (Mytilus edulis) (1985)

Rosina M. Bierbaum is currently the Roy F. Westin Chair in Natural Economics and Research Professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy.[1] She is also a professor and former dean at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE). She was hired in October 2001, by then-University of Michigan President, Lee Bollinger.[2]

Prominent roles[edit]

Obama administration[edit]

In April 2009, President Obama named her to the United States President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).[3] PCAST consists of 20 scientists and engineers. Its members advise the President and Vice President to help the administration formulate policy in the many areas where understanding of science, technology and innovation is key to forming policy.

International agencies[edit]

In April 2008, the World Bank Group named Bierbaum to co-author and co-direct its World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change.[4] The report focused on climate change and development. The report was released in October 2009.[5] Her co-author was Marianne Fay.

She also serves as the U.S. Scientific Expert, Permanent Court of Arbitration of Disputes Relating to Natural Resources and/or the Environment, in the Hague.

Clinton administration[edit]

She worked closely with President Clinton's National Science and Technology Council and co-chaired the council's Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources, which coordinated the $5 billion federal research and development efforts in this area, including the (then) $2 billion U.S. Global Change Research Program.

She led the U.S. government reviews of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change second and third assessment reports in 1995 and 2000. She also led the US delegations to the IPCC Plenary in Shanghai in 2001; Montreal in 1999; Costa Rica in 1998; and as alternate head in Mexico City in 1996. She headed the U.S. Delegation for the U.S./China bilateral on Climate Science in 2000.

She served as the Clinton Administration's senior scientific adviser on environmental research and development, with responsibilities for scientific input and guidance on a range of national and international environmental issues, including global change, air and water quality, biodiversity and ecosystem management.

Academic career[edit]

Bierbaum matriculated from Boston College in 1974 with a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in English. She earned her Ph.D. in ecology and evolution from the State University of New York, Stony Brook in 1985.[6]

Bierbaum was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007.[7] She is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In 2000, she received the Waldo E. Smith Medal of the American Geophysical Union; in 1999, she received the "Climate Protection Award" from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Bierbaum is a trustee of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR); and a board member for the Federation of American Scientists, The Energy Foundation, the Gordon E. and Betty I. Moore Foundation and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute.

She is a member of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Science Advisory Council, the International Advisory Board for the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, the National Research Council's Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, the Design Committee for The Heinz Center's The State of the Nation's Ecosystems project, and the Executive Committee for the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.

At the University of Michigan, she co-chaired its Sustainability Task Force[8] and the Deans' Council of the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute. In 2007, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed her to serve on the Michigan Climate Action Council.

Earlier in Washington[edit]

Before joining the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE, University of Michigan), Bierbaum was acting director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

Preceding that, she directed the Environment Division at OSTP. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Associate Director for Environment of OSTP on July 30, 1998.

Her career in Washington began in 1980 with a Congressional Fellowship. She continued working in the Office of Technology Assessment on a range of environmental issues, working with various Congressional committees to address science and policy concerns posed in such areas as acid rain, marine pollution and ozone depletion.

Research work[edit]

She co-authored Confronting Climate Change: Avoiding the Unmanageable and Managing the Unavoidable, a report prepared at the request of the Commission on Sustainable Development (2007). She is also the primary author of Changing By Degrees: Steps to Reduce Greenhouse Gases. This report (1991) identified a series of technical options to reduce U.S. and worldwide emissions. In 1993, she directed and was the primary author of the two-volume study, Preparing for an Uncertain Climate, which outlines a sustainable development strategy for the United States.

Bierbaum's doctoral work focused on understanding how multiple environmental stresses affect physiological parameters of growth, reproduction and glycogen storage in shellfish and their symbiotic organisms (pea crabs).


  1. ^ "Rosina Bierbaum | School of Public Policy". Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  2. ^ Senior White House science adviser named dean of SNRE
  3. ^ President Obama Announces Members of Science and Technology Advisory Council Archived 2011-02-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Co-Directors Selected For 2010 World Development Report On Climate Change
  5. ^ 'Climate Smart' World Within Reach, says World Bank
  6. ^ Bierbaum, Rosina Marie (1985). The physiological consequences of harboring a symbiont: The effect of Pea crabs (Pinnotheres maculatus) on mussels (Mytilus edulis) (Ph.D.). State University of New York at Stony Brook. OCLC 15812618 – via ProQuest. (Subscription required (help)).
  7. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 25, 2011.
  8. ^ Task force report recommends eight key areas for U-M to monitor for environmental sustainability

External links[edit]