Assistant Director of Geosciences, National Science Foundation
Dr. William E. Easterling, III was appointed Assistant Director of Geosciences at the National Science Foundation on June 1, 2017. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he was the dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, unding director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, founding director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment and professor of geography and earth system science at Penn State. He held posts at the Illinois State Water Survey, Resources for the Future, Inc., and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is an internationally recognized expert on how climate change likely will affect the Earth’s food supply and was nominated by the White House to serve as a convening lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment’s Chapter on Food, Fibre, Forestry, and Fisheries. The lead authors of the IPCC Assessment Report were co-awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore.