Climate Center Names First Director

Tidings | Sep 14, 2020

Dr. David Reidmiller joined us in August as director of our new climate center. In his role, Dr. Reidmiller will leverage nearly two decades of experience in the climate science and policy arenas.

Dr. David Reidmiller stands outside the Gulf of Maine Research Institute lab on Commercial St. in Portland, Maine.

In August, we concluded a national search with the hire of Dr. David Reidmiller as the first director of our new interdisciplinary climate center, which is focused on solutions to local, regional, and global challenges related to climate change.

“As a region, we have an opportunity to be global leaders, because the things we learn here are relevant around a warming planet,” said Dr. Reidmiller. “For example, what we learn about heatwaves in the Gulf of Maine is critical to our understanding of similar warming events and their impacts in other places.”

Dr. Reidmiller brings nearly two decades advancing climate science and policy at a national and international scale. Throughout his career, Dr. Reidmiller has:

  • Served as Acting Director of the Northeast and Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC) with the U.S. Geological Survey, investing in user-driven science to understand how climate change affects ecosystems.
  • Delivered the congressionally mandated Fourth National Climate Assessment — the nation's most authoritative scientific report on the impacts of climate change in the U.S. — during the Trump Administration as a member of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
  • Served as the Chief Climate Scientist for the U.S. Department of State under the Obama Administration, forging consensus among the 197 member states of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to deliver the science and technology components of the Paris Agreement.

At GMRI, Dr. Reidmiller’s work will build on our ongoing climate science efforts and leverage the experience of other GMRI programs delivering high-impact education programs and convening diverse groups of marine stakeholders to solve complex problems.

We need to deliver climate science and data to people who can use it, whether that’s school-age kids, policymakers at all levels of government, seafood supply chain businesses, or fishermen. I’m excited to join an organization that helps people understand, prepare for, and respond to climate-related change — including both risks and emerging opportunities.”

David Reidmiller, Ph.D. Director, Climate Center
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David Reidmiller, Ph.D. Director, Climate Center

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