Climate at the National Academies

Advisory Committee

David W. Titley (Chair) is a Professor of Practice in Meteorology and a Professor of International Affairs at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). He is the founding Director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather & Climate Risk. After graduating from Penn State, Dr. Titley served as a Naval Officer for 32 years and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral. Dr. Titley’s career included duties as Commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, as well as Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy. While serving at the Pentagon, Dr. Titley initiated and led the U.S. Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change. After retiring from the Navy, Dr. Titley served as the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Operations, the Chief Operating Officer position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Dr. Titley serves on numerous advisory boards and has served as a member of the National Academies’ Climate Intervention Committee, co-chaired the National Academies’ Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences, and chaired the National Academies’ Committee on Extreme Weather Events and Climate Change Attribution. Dr. Titley received his B.S. in meteorology from Penn State in 1980. From the Naval Postgraduate School, he earned his M.S. in meteorology and physical oceanography in 1992 and his Ph.D. in meteorology in 1998. He received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

Dominique Brossard is a Professor and the Chair in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin (UW)–Madison and an affiliate of the UW–Madison Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies, the UW–Madison Center for Global Studies, and the Morgridge Institute for Research. Her teaching responsibilities include courses in strategic communication theory and research, with a focus on science and risk communication. Dr. Brossard’s research agenda focuses on the intersection between science, media, and policy with the Science, Media and the Public (SCIMEP) research group, which she co-directs. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a former board member of the International Network of Public Communication of Science and Technology, Dr. Brossard is an internationally known expert in public opinion dynamics related to controversial scientific issues. She is particularly interested in understanding the role of values in shaping public attitudes and using cross-cultural analysis to understand these processes. SCIMEP’s recent work has focused on scientific discourse in online environments, such as Twitter. She has published more than 100 research articles in outlets such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science Communication, International Journal of Public Opinion, Public Understanding of Science, and Communication Research. Dr. Brossard earned her M.S. in plant biotechnology from the Ecole Nationale d’Agronomie de Toulouse (1987) and her M.P.S (1998) and Ph.D. (2002) in communication from Cornell University. Dr. Brossard served as a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experiene and Future Prospects (2014–2016) and the National Academies’ Committee on Science Literacy and Public Perception of Science (2015–2016).

Caitlin Choate has spent over a decade working for disruptive brands that are growing fast and changing industries. As the first-ever social media director for TOMS, an altruistic fashion company credited with the One for One business model, she led a creative, digital-first global team in building the TOMS tribe around the world. Making a shift to the tech industry in 2014, Caitlin led social and digital content for Nest, a smart home company acquired by Google, bringing cultural cache to thermostats and smoke alarms. Currently, Caitlin is a senior marketing manager at Airbnb, building world class brand marketing muscle for the Airbnb Experiences part of the business. She lives in San Francisco, CA with her husband.

Mariette DiChristina is the Executive Vice President of Editorial and Publishing for Magazines in the Magazines and Research Services division of Springer Nature, overseeing the global publishing and editorial teams for Nature magazine, Partnership & Custom Media, and Scientific American, for which she also serves as Editor-in-Chief. She was appointed as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011 and is on the executive board of Science Counts. She was honored as a “Corporate Visionary” in Folio’s 2014 Top Women in Digital Media. She is a past President of the National Association of Science Writers, past President of Science Writers in New York, and was an Adjunct Professor and Visiting Scholar in the Science, Health & Environmental Reporting graduate program at New York University for several years. Mariette received her Bachelor of Science in journalism from Boston University in 1986.

David Goldston became the Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) Washington Office in May 2017. In that role, he directs MIT’s federal relations and helps develop policy projects on campus. Prior to that, he was the Director of Government Affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental group, for 8 years, where he helped shape NRDC’s federal political strategy, policies, and communications. He came to NRDC after spending more than 20 years on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, working primarily on science policy and environmental policy. He was the Chief of Staff of the House Committee on Science from 2001 through 2006. After retiring from government service, Mr. Goldston was a visiting lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 2007 and at the Harvard University Center for the Environment in 2008 and 2009. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. From 2007 through November 2009, he wrote a monthly column for Nature on science policy titled “Party of One.” Mr. Goldston also was the project director for the Bipartisan Policy Center report Improving the Use of Science in Regulatory Policy, which was released in August 2009. He authored a chapter in The Science of Science Policy: A Handbook (Stanford University Press, 2011). He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Academies’ Division on Earth and Life Studies and has served on numerous panels of the National Academies and other science policy organizations. He holds a B.A. (1978) from Cornell University and completed the course work for a Ph.D. in American history at the University of Pennsylvania.

William K. Hallman is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Human Ecology and is a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Psychology, the Department of Nutritional Sciences, and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at The State University of New Jersey. He is also a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, a member of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute at Rutgers, and a core member of Rutgers Global Health Institute. An expert in risk perception and risk communication, Dr. Hallman has written extensively on public perceptions of controversial issues concerning food, technology, health, and the environment. He currently serves as a member of the National Academies’ Standing Committee on Advancing Science Communication Research and Practice. He has also served as a member of the National Academies’ Committee on the Science of Science Communication: A Research Agenda, which authored the report Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda. He has served as a member of several National Academies’ committees focused on food safety, as Director of the Rutgers Food Policy Institute, and as the Chair of the Risk Communication Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He recently co-authored a handbook on risk communication applied to food safety for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization. Dr. Hallman holds a B.S. (biology, psychology) from Juniata College (1983) and received a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of South Carolina in 1989.

David D. Herring is Chief of the Communication, Education and Engagement Division within NOAA's Climate Program Office, where he also serves as Program Manager for both NOAA Climate.gov and the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. After earning his Masters Degree in Technical Communication from East Carolina University in 1992, he has worked for 26 years as a science communicator and program / project manager for the federal government (at NOAA from 2008-present, and at NASA from 1992-2008). Over that span, David has initiated and led a number of successful communications and web development projects aimed at promoting public science literacy and greater civic engagement in policy-relevant science topics. Throughout his career, David has consistently followed “best practices” in information design, data visualization, storytelling, and audience engagement while also innovating new practices and building new, broad-based alliances across and beyond the federal government. David has received numerous awards for his work and is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Matt Krehbiel is the Science Director at Achieve and coordinates their work to use implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as a lever to improve science education for all students. He previously served as the State Science Supervisor in the Kansas State Department of Education, leading Kansas’ participation as a lead state in developing the NGSS. Mr. Krehbiel also served on the Board and later as President of the Council of State Science Supervisors, an organization that serves to coordinate and support efforts of the state science supervisors of all states. He is a member of the Board on Science Education for the National Research Council and, in that role, was on the committee that wrote the Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards. Mr. Krehbiel began his career in science education as a high school science teacher in Kansas, where he taught a wide range of high school science courses over ten years. He earned his B.A. in biology and natural sciences and his secondary teacher certification in general science, biology, and physics from Bethel College. He earned his M.S. in curriculum and instruction with a focus in science education from Kansas State University.

Maureen Lichtveld, a member of the National Academy of Medicine, has more than 35 years of experience in environmental public health and is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She holds an endowed chair in environmental policy. Her research focuses on environmentally-induced disease, health disparities, environmental health policy, disaster preparedness, public health systems, and community resilience. Dr. Lichtveld’s track record in community-based participatory research includes the impact of chemical and non-chemical stressors on communities facing environmental health threats, disasters, and health disparities. As the Director of the Center for Gulf Coast Environmental Health Research, Leadership, and Strategic Initiatives, she serves as the Principal Investigator of several Gulf Coast–associated environmental health research and capacity-building projects. Dr. Lichtveld is a member of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council of the NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the NAS Board on Global Health, the NAS Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine, the NAS Committee on Measuring Community Resilience Consensus Study, and the Advisory Committee for the NASEM-wide Climate Communications Initiative. She served on the U.S. EPA Scientific Advisory Board, chaired the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Public Health, and is past President of the Hispanic Serving Health Professional Schools.

Sabrina McCormick is a sociologist and filmmaker whose work focuses on climate change. She has investigated how climate change affects human health, social movement tactics to affect climate outcomes, including engagement with the judicial system, and what motivates politically and geographically diverse audiences to act in response to stories about climate. She was a Lead Author on the Nobel Prize–winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and under the Obama Administration served on several committees for the Office of Science Technology & Policy. She also advised members of Congress and the U.S. Department of State. She served as an expert for the National Academies’ review of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s report Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. Dr. McCormick produces media to convey climate change issues. Among other projects, Dr. McCormick’s film work includes her current feature fiction film, Tribe, set in the Brazilian Amazon; After the Cap, an interactive documentary on the Deepwater Horizon spill; and The Years of Living Dangerously, which won the Emmy for Best Documentary Series. She is the author of two books and more than 50 articles and book chapters. Dr. McCormick’s work is regularly featured in the media, including NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio, Time Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and many other media outlets. She is an Associate Professor at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University, and she was a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tancred Miller is the Coastal and Ocean Policy Manager for the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management within the Department of Environmental Quality, where he manages the division’s strategic planning and program enhancement functions. He has been with the Division of Coastal Management for 16 years and is the program lead for the coastal hazards and sea-level rise resilience program areas. He has been the division’s sea-level rise program lead for 10 years, coordinating two scientific assessment reports about relative sea-level rise in North Carolina. He has made numerous conference presentations about sea-level rise within the United States and participated in a climate change working group in Germany. He is frequently called on to speak with state and local government agencies, academia, and the private sector. He sits on the Advisory Committee to the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program and the Core Management Team for the North Carolina Sentinel Sites Cooperative. He is a former board member of the Bald Head Island Conservancy and the Duke University Marine Lab Advisory Board. Mr. Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Morehouse College in 1996 and a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University in 1999, with a concentration in coastal environmental management.

Philip Mote is Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at Oregon State University and remains active as part of the NOAA-funded Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) for the Northwest. He has served as a lead author for the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, on three US National Climate Assessments, and on nine committees of the National Academies, including chair of the Review of the Climate Science Special Report. He is the President of the Global Environmental Change Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and serves on AGU’s Council. He was founding director (2009-19) of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, and holds a faculty appointment in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. He has given more than 800 public talks about climate change, testified more than 12 times before committees of the U.S. Congress and the legislatures of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and has given hundreds of media interviews, appearing in Time Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Fox News, National Public Radio, The Seattle Times, Seattle Magazine, and many more. He earned a B.A. in physics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington.

Louis (Lou) Schick is a Partner and the Chief Technology Officer of NewWorld Capital Group, co-founded in June 2009. He does consulting with investment firms and companies to help with diligence, deal execution, project and portfolio company operations and asset management. Earlier, he was a Managing Director at Ritchie Capital Management, a hedge fund, where he oversaw a legacy portfolio of environmental businesses. Mr. Schick spent 8 years at General Electric, mainly in Corporate Research. He began as a Product Service Engineer supporting the installation and repair of gas turbine power plants worldwide. Subsequently, his senior roles included leading the evaluation of Disruptive Technologies for GE Energy. He functioned as a developer and head of GE’s solid oxide fuel cell program and Master Black Belt focusing on low-carbon technologies. In his role as head of the solid oxide fuel cell program, he led a team of more than 100 scientists and researchers in 5 facilities and participated in strategic partnership negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, and government relations. Mr. Schick graduated cum laude with a B.S. in physics and membership in Phi Beta Kappa from Union College and holds an M.S. in physics from Cornell University.

Susan Tierney, a Senior Advisor at Analysis Group, is an expert on energy economics, regulation, and policy, particularly in the electric and gas industries. She has consulted with businesses, government agencies, foundations, tribes, environmental groups, and other organizations on energy markets, economic and environmental regulation and strategy, and climate-related energy policies. She has participated as an expert in civil litigation cases, regulatory proceedings before state and federal agencies, and business consulting engagements. Previously, she served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, and was the Secretary for Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Council. She co-authored the energy chapter of the National Climate Assessment, and serves on the boards of ClimateWorks Foundation, Barr Foundation, Energy Foundation, Resources for the Future, and World Resources Institute. She taught at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the University of California, Irvine, and has lectured at Harvard University, Yale University, New York University, Tufts University, Northwestern University, and the University of Michigan. She earned her Ph.D. and Masters in regional planning at Cornell University and her B.A. at Scripps College.