Scott Borg is the Deputy Assistant Director for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation. A member of the Career Senior Executive Service, he assists in leadership of the largest research directorate within the Foundation. The Geosciences Directorate includes the Divisions of Ocean Sciences, Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, and Earth Sciences, as well as the Office of Polar Programs.
Research and education activities supported by the Foundation are implemented through proposals submitted by investigators at universities and research organizations across the United States. Research supported by the Directorate for Geosciences spans all disciplines within the geosciences broadly and is carried out worldwide. Research in the polar regions also includes social sciences (in the Arctic), biological sciences, and astronomy/astrophysics (in Antarctica). Critical research infrastructure is also a major component of the Directorate and includes activities such as: support for the US Academic Research Fleet; support for the National Center for Atmospheric Research; support of facilities that enable research in seismology and geodesy; and management and oversight of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) in support of NSF’s role as lead agency for the U.S. presence in Antarctica. In supporting this broad research portfolio, the Directorate relies on strong interagency and international partnerships.
Dr. Borg’s honors include the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Senior Executive (2015), Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals – Career Achievement Finalist (2014), NSF Director’s Awards in program management (1997, 2000), NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship (1977), US Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate (Pomona College, 1977), and the Richard E. Strehle Geology Award (Pomona College, 1976).
Prior to his current role, Dr. Borg served at NSF as Section Head for Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (2016-2017), Acting Assistant Director of NSF for Geosciences (2017), Section Head/Division Director for Antarctic Sciences (2003-2016), Division Director (Acting) for Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (2014), and as Program Director for Antarctic Earth Sciences (1992-2003). Dr. Borg came to NSF from the US Department of Energy (DOE) where he managed activities associated with characterization of the Yucca Mountain site as a potential nuclear waste repository. Prior to DOE, Dr. Borg conducted research in isotope geochemistry and geology at the University of California (UCLA and Berkeley) to reveal the origin of granitic rocks in tectonically active continental margin processes. He also conducted studies in environmental geology as a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and as a consultant in private practice. Dr. Borg earned a BA degree in Geology from Pomona College, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Geology from Arizona State University. Dr. Borg holds licenses to practice geology in California and Oregon.