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Affiliation: 
University of Michigan
Department: 
School of Natural Resources and Environment
Expertise: 
Climate Knowledge and Adaptation

Biography

Maria Carmen Lemos is Professor of Natural Resources and Environment and co-director of the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Senior Policy Scholar at the Udall Center for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Arizona. During 2006-2007 she was a James Martin 21st Century School Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University. Her research focuses on environmental public policymaking in Latin America and the U.S., especially related to climate change (adaptation and adaptive capacity building); the co-production of science and policy and different means to narrow the gap between useful and usable knowledge; and the role of technoscientific knowledge in environmental governance. She is a co-founder of Icarus (Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences), which seeks foster collaboration and exchange between scholars focusing on vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. She was a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-AR5—Chapter 20) and has served in a number of the US National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences committees including Restructuring Federal Climate Research to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change (2009), America’s Climate Choice Science Panel (2010) and the Board on Environmental Change and Society (2008-present). She has MSc. and PhD degrees in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT.