Director, National Academy of Sciences
Amanda Staudt directs the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) and the Polar Research Board (PRB) at the National Research Council. Amanda leads strategic planning, guides project development, and provides institutional oversight for both boards. From 2007-2013, Amanda was a senior climate scientist at the National Wildlife Federation. In that role, she focused on communicating climate science and impacts with key decision makers and the general public, developing the intellectual and practical foundation for climate-informed conservation, and advancing climate change science education. She served on the steering committee for Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services: Technical Input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment, and was an editor of Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice, a 2014 guidance produced by an expert workgroup including representatives from government, nonprofits, and academia. Prior to her time at NWF, Amanda was a senior program officer for BASC, where she directed the Climate Research Committee and a number of high-profile studies, including the fast-track review of the UD Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan, and studies on weather research for surface transportation and radiative forcing effects on climate. She also spearheaded the development of the Academy's first booklet on climate change targeted to public audiences. Amanda received her BA cum laude in environmental science and engineering from Harvard College and her PhD in atmospheric sciences from Harvard University.