Doering named director of Purdue Climate Change Research Center

October 13, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Longtime Purdue agricultural economics professor Otto Doering has been named director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, the university's interdisciplinary effort focusing on research and education in global climate change.

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Doering has years of experience working on the economic analysis of environmental issues and was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on climate change. 

His appointment is effective immediately. Doering had been serving as the center's interim director since October 2009 after succeeding Noah Diffenbaugh, who was named a fellow and professor of the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.

"Director Doering will provide excellent leadership and guidance for the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, fostering global collaborations with the Energy Center and the Center for the Environment to enhance the Global Sustainability Initiative," said Alan H. Rebar, director of Discovery Park and senior associate vice president of research at Purdue. 

Fifty-four Purdue faculty members and research staff are collaborating in the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, which was established in 2004 to support and promote research and education on global climate change and to examine its impact on agriculture, natural ecosystems and society. The center has generated more than $20 million in research funding since its inception.

Doering has served in numerous capacities offering direction on policy issues in agriculture, resources, energy, and the environment. He was director of Purdue's Energy Policy Research and Information Program, and the first director of Indiana's State Utility Forecasting Group. 

He served in advisory positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the 1977, 1990, and 1996 farm bills and has worked with the USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service on the design and implementation of conservation programs. In 1999, he was team leader for economic analysis of the White House's National Hypoxia Assessment focused on the Gulf of Mexico.

Doering also is a member of the Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board and chairs the federal agency's Integrated Nitrogen Committee. He is a member of the National Academy of Science's Water Science and Technology Board and serves on committees working to restore and protect water quality in the Mississippi River.

His publications include books on the 1996 Farm Act and on the effects of climate change and variability on agricultural production systems. He received bachelor's and doctorate degrees from Cornell University, and his master's degree from the London School of Economics.

Discovery Park is the heart of large-scale interdisciplinary research and innovation at Purdue, building on the university's strengths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Writer: Phillip Fiorini, 765-496-3133,                 

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