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Agricultural Research Service

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Donald F. Boesch
President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Dr. Boesch is a Professor in and President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and also serves as Vice Chancellor for Environmental Sustainability for the University System of Maryland. He earned his BS from Tulane University and PhD from the College of William and Mary and held faculty positions in Virginia and Louisiana before coming to Maryland in 1990.

An oceanographer who has conducted research on coastal and continental shelf ecosystems through the United States and in China and Australia, Dr. Boesch has published two books and more than 90 papers. Don has served on numerous national scientific advisory boards and committees and is also a member of the Maryland Governor's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet. In recent years, he has worked to understand the potential impacts of climate change and how to adapt to them. He is a contributing author to the 2009 report Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States and the National Academies' America's Climate Choices report. Don chairs the Scientific and Technical Work Group of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change and let the production of its climate impacts assessment and new projections of sea-level rise for Maryland.


Last Modified: 1/8/2014
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