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Deputy Director for Climate Adaptation and International Development, Institute of the Environment
MMA, Marine Resource Economics and Science Policy, University of Washington
Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Research Scientist, Office of Arid Lands Studies
James (Jim) Buizer's work focuses on climate adaptation, sustainability, and international development. He is leading an effort to establish a network of institutions dedicated to integrating research-based knowledge about climate impacts and options for adaptation into decisions, particularly aimed at sustainable development around the world.
Before joining the UA, Jim served as science policy advisor to the president at Arizona State University and led the design and establishment of the Global Institute of Sustainability and its School of Sustainability, where he continues to hold an appointment as senior sustainability scientist.
Prior to ASU, Jim spent 20 years at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), including serving as director of the Climate and Societal Interactions Office in Washington, D.C., where he designed and led NOAA's integrated, multidisciplinary climate research and applications programs. Jim also led the U.S. Government review of the Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Jim serves on the executive secretariat of the Federal Advisory Committee for the National Climate Assessment and on the boards of directors of the National Council for Science and the Environment and Second Nature, Inc. He is chairman of the Climate Adaptation Working Group for the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, an operating advisor at Pegasus Capital Advisors, LP, and an advisory board member for Planet Forward.