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University of California, Irvine
Fred Kavli Chair and Professor
Department of Earth System Science


DR. MICHAEL PRATHER (Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine). Dr. Prather works in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research on global science and environmental issues, providing a link between the intelligence community and the policy bureaus. He has initiated and drafted assessments of the current state of knowledge on hurricanes, illegal logging, and climate change. In addition to his own scientific expertise in earth and environmental science, he has provided a link to university colleagues in emerging technologies such as genetic engineering. Dr. Prather will travel to the environmental hub offices in the embassies of Costa Rica and Brazil to work with the regional science and technology officers. He is planning a summer conference on the role of disaster risk management in a world of changing climate.