NRC Names New Director of Climate and Polar Boards

The National Research Council is pleased to announce that Amanda Staudt, Senior Climate Scientist at the National Wildlife Federation and former Senior Program Officer in the National Research Council’s Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC), has been selected as the next Board Director of BASC and the Polar Research Board (PRB). Amanda’s first day in the position will be September 30, 2013.

During her six years at the National Wildlife Federation, Amanda demonstrated her strong skills in communicating climate science and impacts with key decision makers and the general public, developing the intellectual and practical foundation for climate-informed conservation, and advancing climate change science education. During her six years at the NRC, Amanda directed the Climate Research Committee and produced a number of high-profile studies, including the fast-track review of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan, and studies on weather research for surface transportation and the radiative forcing effects on climate.

Amanda will succeed Chris Elfring, who served as Director of PRB for 18 years and concurrently as Director of BASC for 11 years before being tapped to head the Academy’s new Gulf of Mexico Program.