Director, Climate and Environmental Sciences Division, US Department of Energy
With a budget of approximately $310M, he oversees DOE funding to research projects carried out by Universities and National Laboratories. In addition, he is the federal official responsible for two DOE scientific user facilities, i.e., the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) research facility and the Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory (EMSL).
Besides his DOE duties, Geernaert serves as ViceQChair of the US Global Change Research program and is DOE principal to three other NSTC Subcommittees.
Dr. Geernaert earned a B.S. degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of California, Davis; and he received a PhD degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington. Before joining DOE in 2010, Dr. Geernaert spent 8 years as Director, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL); prior to LANL, he spent 8 years as Director, Atmospheric Environment Department, Danish National Environmental Research Institute.
Geernaert’s other responsibilities have included national (Danish) representative to the Nordic Council of Ministers AirQSea Policy Group; President, Danish Atmospheric Research Society; and Program Manager at the US Office of Naval Research. As a practicing scientist, he conducted research at the US Naval Research Laboratory, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and Danish National Environmental Research Institute.
He has written and published 4 technical books and over 100 journal articles and reports throughout his career; and he is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.