Dr. Rosina Bierbaum is Dean Emerita of the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Weston Chair in Natural Economics at the University of Maryland. Bierbaum’s experience extends from climate science into foreign relations and international development. Rosina served for two decades in both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. Government, and ran the first Environment Division of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She chairs the Science and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility, and serves as an Adviser to the Global Adaptation Commission. Bierbaum is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Ecological Society of America, and Sigma Xi. She has lectured on every continent.
She chaired the World Bank’s first report on climate change, the first (and only) report Congress asked for on Adaptation, received the American Geophysical Union’s Waldo Smith award for ‘extraordinary service to Geoscience’ and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Protection Award. Bierbaum serves on the boards of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Federation of American Scientists, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, the Climate Reality Project, the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. She earned a BA in English, a BS in biology and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolution.