Robert W. Corell

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Assistant Director
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Dr. Corell is engaged in research on the science of global change as well as the interaction between science and public policy, particularly research activities focused on global and regional climate change and related environmental issues. He serves as chair of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, an international assessment of the impacts of climate variability and change in the Arctic. He also chairs an 18-country international planning effort to outline major Arctic research challenges. Before joining the Heinz Center, Dr. Corell served as a Senior Research Fellow in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Previously, he was Assistant Director for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation. During his tenure at NSF, Dr. Corell served as chair of the President's National Science and Technology Council's Committee, which oversees the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Throughout his career, he has served as chair and principal U.S. delegate to numerous international bodies focused on climate and global change research. NCSE Senior Scientist David Blockstein said, "If you follow the history of any global change research program in the U.S. -- and much of the world -- you will find Bob Corell's vision and guiding hand."