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Affiliation: 
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Title: 
Director
Department: 
Climate & Policy Assessment Div., OPPE

Biography

Dr. Joel D. Scheraga is the National Program Director for the Global Change Research Program and the Mercury Research Program in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development. He holds a federal Scientific and Professional level (ST) position. He is the EPA Principal Representative to the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP), which coordinates and integrates scientific research on climate and global change supported by the U.S. Government. Dr. Scheraga has participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He was a Lead Author of the 1997 IPCC North American Regional Assessment. In 1995, he was a Contributing Author to the Working Group II chapter on "Technical Guidelines for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations" that appeared in the IPCC Second Assessment Report. He also served as an Expert Reviewer of the Second Assessment Report. And he served as an Assisting Lead Author for the 1994 IPCC Technical Guidelines for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations. The Global Program also develops decision support tools to help resource managers cope with a changing climate. He directs a Mercury Program that studies the fate and transport of mercury in the environment, particularly in those areas where people harvest and eat fish that bioaccumulate the mercury. Dr. Scheraga was Chair of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's National Assessment Workgroup from 2000-2002 and Vice Chair from 1998-2000. The Workgroup was responsible for managing the U.S. National Assessment process which resulted in the report to Congress entitled, "Climate Change Impacts on the United States: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change." He was a co-editor and lead author of the book, Climate Change and Human Health: Risks and Responses, released by the World Health Organization in December 2003, and co-author of the 2003 WHO report, Methods of Assessing Human Vulnerability and Public Health Adaptation to Climate Change. He co-authored a white paper in 2003 on the effects of climate change on water quality in the Great Lakes Region for the US/Canada International Joint Commissionês Water Quality Board. Dr. Scheraga received an A.B. degree in geology-mathematics/physics from Brown University in 1976, an M.A. in economics from Brown University in 1979, and a Ph.D. in economics from Brown University in 1981. Prior to joining EPA, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Rutgers University from 1981-1987, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Princeton University from 1985-1986. He has published numerous articles on global climate change, environmental economics, public policy, the integration of science and policy in multidisciplinary programs, and applied microeconomics and microeconomic theory. Dr. Scheraga was named a Fellow of the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy in The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University in June 2008. He was also the recipient of the 2004 inaugural Horace Mann Distinguished Graduate School Alumni Award presented by Brown University. Dr. Scheraga was one of the 1,360 scientists from 95 countries honored with the 2005 Zayed Award for scientific and/or technological achievement in environment for their work on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He has also received six EPA Bronze Medals.