May 30–31, 2018 • Fairbanks, AK

Gary Geernaert

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.