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July 26, 2012 

Andrew A. Rosenberg to Lead New Center for Science and Democracy at UCS

WASHINGTON (July 26, 2012) -- Andrew Rosenberg is joining the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) to serve as director of its new Center for Science and Democracy.

The new Center is working to restore the role science plays in informing public policy decisions, dispel misinformation and help scientists communicate their work to policymakers and the public. Rosenberg comes to UCS from Conservation International, where he has served for two years as the organization’s senior vice president for Science and Knowledge.

“Andy is a first-class scientist who understands how we all benefit when science is a valued and essential input in public decision-making – and what is endangered when it is not,” said UCS President Kevin Knobloch. "He brings strong scientific credibility through extensive experience in the application of science in addressing problems, and is known as a leader who effectively pulls people together to tackle challenges and deliver results.’’

Rosenberg has years of experience in government, academia and nonprofit organizations. He is the author of several peer-reviewed studies and reports on fisheries and ocean management and has published on the intersection between science and policymaking.

“This is an exciting opportunity,” Rosenberg said. “The Union of Concerned Scientists has deep experience at the science and policy intersection and is well-suited to help the country overcome the ideological rancor that is preventing us from basing policy on real, evidence-based information.”

Previously, Rosenberg served as the Northeast regional administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service, where he negotiated recovery plans for New England and Mid-Atlantic fishery resources, endangered species protections, and habit conservation programs. He later became NMFS’s deputy director. Rosenberg said his experience as both a federal scientist and a policymaker taught him the value of independent, high quality scientific processes and information.

Rosenberg is also the convening lead author of the oceans chapter of the U.S. Climate Impacts Advisory Panel. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Ocean Studies Board and the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. He holds a professorship at the University of New Hampshire, where he previously served as Dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.

Rosenberg received his Ph.D. in biology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, and studied oceanography at Oregon State University and fisheries biology at the University of Massachusetts. 

UCS’s Center for Science and Democracy recently hosted two launch events where scientists, policymakers and journalists discussed the increasingly rocky intersection between science and policymaking.


The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

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