Environmental science and policy collide in upcoming Iowa State lecture

AMES, Iowa – Rosina Bierbaum is at the forefront of examining how environmental science and policy intersect over climate change. This month, Bierbaum is coming to Iowa State University to discuss her research and career. 

Rosina Bierbaum

Rosina Bierbaum. Photo courtesy
of University of Michigan

Bierbaum, professor of natural resources and environment at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability, will deliver a lecture, “Science and Environmental Decision-Making: From the Lab to the White House and Beyond,” at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Bierbaum’s work in academia and the public sector has focused on climate change adaptation and mitigation. She served as dean of UM’s School of Natural Resources and Environment from 2001 to 2011. She also holds the Roy F. Weston Chair in Natural Economics at the University of Maryland.

She currently chairs the scientific and technical advisory panel of the Global Environment Facility, an international partnership working to tackle the most pressing environmental problems. Bierbaum served on former President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, ran the first environment division in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and served in multiple capacities at the former Office of Technology Assessment. She was previously an adaptation fellow at The World Bank and served as a review editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Bierbaum has a Ph.D. in ecology and evolution from the State University of New York, as well as bachelor’s degrees in biology and English from Boston College.

This lecture is part of the national affairs series, titled “When American Values Are in Conflict.” It is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, national affairs committee, Office of the Vice President for Research and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by Student Government.

Find more information about ISU lectures online or by calling 515-294-9935.