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Vassar alumnus Steven Hamburg ’75, chief scientist of the Environmental Defense Fund, discusses the science behind environmental policy on April 15, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Vassar alumnus Steven Hamburg ’75, chief scientist of the Environmental Defense Fund, will discuss the discuss the science behind environmental policy on Thursday, April 15. Sponsored by the Office of the President and the Department of Environmental Studies, his lecture, “Getting the Science Right in a Highly Politicized World: Bioenergy, Carbon Offsets, Geoengineering, and Anthropogenic N” is free and open to the public and will begin at 5:30pm in Sanders Hall, Spitzer Auditorium (room 212).
 
Steven Hamburg is the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) public voice for its commitment to science-based advocacy and is responsible for the scientific integrity of EDF’s positions and programs. Prior to coming to EDF he was on the faculty of Brown University, where he founded and directed the Global Environment Program at the Watson Institute for International Studies and taught environmental science and ecosystem ecology. At Brown he also headed a research group that focused on the effects of human disturbance on the biogeochemistry of the northern hardwood forests of Central New Hampshire. He started his academic career at the University of Kansas, where he served as both the director of the Environmental Studies Program and as Environmental Ombudsman.
 
Hamburg has published widely on diverse of topics (e.g., C biogeochemistry, climate change impacts on forests, land-use history) in such journals as Nature and Science and has served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He was twice awarded an Environmental Merit Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for his climate change–related activities and spent a year at Harvard as a Bullard Fellow. Hamburg served for several years as the vice-chair of the International Long-Term Ecological Research Network as well as on the boards of directors of several environmental organizations. He holds degrees from Yale University (Ph.D. and M.F.S.) and Vassar College (B.A. in Biology 1975).

This program is sponsored by the Office of the President and the Department of Environmental Studies at Vassar College.
 
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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, April 8, 2010