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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Environmental Change and Society
Board on Environmental Change and Society
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

BECS Members

BECS comprises expertise in:

  • Socio-ecological systems, including climate-ecosystem interactions and resilience of human communities;
  • Decision sciences, including both analysis and decision-support;
  • Theory, policy, and practice of national and international sustainable development;
  • Biophysical and biogeochemical processes, including climate dynamics and elemental cycles;
  • Economic policy and analysis, including economic drivers of land use change, valuation of ecosystem services, and costs of impacts of environmental change;
  • Energy, natural resource management, and public and environmental health policy; and
  • Environmental governance, institutions, and processes, including risk analysis and governance.

Richard H. Moss (Chair)
Joint Global Change Research Institute
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/University
    of Maryland

Joseph Arvai
School of Natural Resources and Environment,
Ross School of Business
University of Michigan

F. Stuart Chapin, III (NAS)
Institute of Arctic Biology
University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Ruth DeFries (NAS)
Department of Ecology, 
   Evolution & Environmental Biology
Columbia University

Hallie C. Eakin
School of Sustainability
Arizona State University

Lori M. Hunter
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder

Katharine Jacobs
Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions
  and Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental
University of Arizona

Michael Anthony Mendez
School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Yale University
 Richard Newell
Resources for the Future
Washington, DC

Mary D. Nichols
California Air Resources Board
Sacramento, CA

Jonathan Overpeck
Institute of the Environment
University of Arizona

Aseem Prakash
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Washington

J. Timmons Roberts
Center for Environmental Studies
Brown University

Maxine L. Savitz (NAE)
Technology/PartnershipsHoneywell Inc. (Retired)
Los Angeles, CA

Michael P. Vandenbergh
School of Law
Vanderbilt University

Jalonne White-Newsome
Kresge Foundation
Troy, MI

Robyn S. Wilson
School of Environment and Natural Resources
The Ohio State University







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