Biography of Rosina Bierbaum

Dr. Rosina Bierbaum joined the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President in November 1993.  Her responsibilities include international environmental issues such as global change and biodiversity, as well as domestic natural resource issues.  Since joining OSTP, she has worked extensively with the President's National Science and Technology Council to develop a coordinated Federal Environmental Research plan across all agencies.  She works on issues related to the U.S. Global Change Program, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, the White House Ecosystem Initiative, Endocrine Disruptors, Ecological Monitoring, the Climate Treaty, and Energy.  Rosina is a member of the Department of Defense's Scientific Advisory Board of the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, the Interagency Assistant Secretaries Group on Climate Change, and serves as the OSTP Point of Contact to the National Ocean Research Leadership Council.  She has also organized a series of technical breakfast briefings for Vice President Gore on various aspects of climate change.

From 1980 to 1993, Rosina worked at the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) on several environmental issues for Congress, including acid rain, ozone depletion, pollution of marine resources, sustainable development, energy supply and demand, and global warming.  In 1980, she was awarded a one-year Congressional Fellowship at OTA, leading to a position as Assistant Project Director for Acid Rain in 1982, then Senior Analyst in 1985, and Project Director for Climate Change in 1988. In 1991, she was awarded OTA's highest honor -- Senior Associate.

Dr. Bierbaum is the primary author of Changing By Degrees: Steps to Reduce Greenhouse Gases, released by OTA in February 1991.  The report identified a series of technical options to significantly reduce both U.S. and world-wide emissions.  In 1993 she completed the two volume report, Preparing for an Uncertain Climate, which outlines a sustainable development strategy for the United States.  This report was the foundation for the United States? formal submissions on Adaptation to the International Conference of Parties on Climate Change in 1995 and 1997.

Rosina has contributed to nine assessments published by OTA on environmental issues and she has co-authored and published many articles in technical and popular journals based on her work at OTA and OSTP.  She has testified before both House and Senate Committees on environmental issues, and has lectured widely on the science of climate change.  She is a reviewer of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and serves on the Editorial Board of Consequences, a journal focused on the nature and implications of environmental change.

Dr. Bierbaum received a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in English from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from the State University of New York, Stony Brook. This past year, she was awarded the 1996 Alumni of the Year Award from SUNY, Stony Brook.

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