Study of Environmental Arctic Change Program Announces New Executive Director
The Science Steering Committee (SSC) of the Study of Environmental
Arctic Change (SEARCH) program announced today the selection of Brendan
Kelly, PhD as its new Executive Director. Dr. Kelly will assume the
duties of his new role on 21 September 2015.
SEARCH is a U.S. program with a mission to provide a foundation of
Arctic change science through collaboration with the research community,
funding agencies, and other stakeholders.
As SEARCH Executive Director, Dr. Kelly will work with the SEARCH SSC to
provide leadership and strategic direction to the SEARCH program and to
forge strong cooperative relationships between academia, agencies, and
"Dr. Kelly has long been at the heart of U.S. efforts to strengthen the
role of science in understanding and responding to Arctic change," says
Uma Bhatt, chair of the SSC Executive Director search committee. "His
vision, research experience and well-established stakeholder
relationships have distinguished him as an important leader for the
Arctic research community. We are so pleased that he has agreed to
continue his Arctic leadership service as the new Executive Director of
Dr. Kelly's career in Arctic research and policy includes serving on the
faculty and administration of the University of Alaska, as a research
scientist with NOAA's National Marine Mammal Laboratory, Deputy Director
of Arctic Sciences at the National Science Foundation, Chief Scientist
of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Assistant Director for Polar Science
in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Currently,
he serves on the National Academy of Sciences' Polar Research Board and
as a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Blue Economy, Middlebury
Institute of International Studies.
Kelly earned his PhD from Purdue University, a Master of Science degree
from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Bachelor of Arts degree
from the University of California, all in biology. He lives on his boat
in Monterey, California where he will continue to reside upon assuming
his new duties with SEARCH.
"I am excited to be returning to the important work of Arctic research
and policy," Dr. Kelly said. "SEARCH continues to provide remarkable
leadership in bringing the best science to bear on critical issues in
the rapidly changing Arctic. It will be an honor to serve the many
scientists contributing to SEARCH's work."
SEARCH activities are supported by a collaborative grant from the
National Science Foundation Division of Polar Programs, Arctic Sciences
Section to the International Arctic Research Center (IARC; PLR-1331100 )
and the Arctic Research Consortium of the US (ARCUS; PLR-1331083).
Learn more about SEARCH at: www.arcus.org/search-program.
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