Associate Director, Climate and Land Use Change, US Geological Survey ( USGS), Acting Chair, Subcommittee on Global Change Research
Virginia Burkett is the Chief Scientist for Climate and Land Use Change at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). She is Co-chair of the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the alternate U.S. Principal to the international Group on Earth Observations (GEO). She has served at the USGS as Chief of the Wetlands Ecology Branch at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center, Deputy Regional Chief Biologist and, more recently, as the Associate Director for the Climate and Land Use Change Mission Area. Burkett was Secretary/Director of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, where she had served as Deputy Director. She has directed the Louisiana Coastal Zone Management Program and was Assistant Director of the Louisiana Geological Survey. She served on Louisiana’s Science and Engineering Board for the state’s first comprehensive coastal restoration Master Plan.