Andrew Rosenberg


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Andrew A. Rosenberg is a senior science advisor to the Union of Concerned Scientists, advising the organization on scientific policy, strategy, and connecting science to public policy. He has more than 35 years of experience in government service, academic and non-profit leadership, and is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection between science and public policy. He is the author of over a hundred peer-reviewed studies and reports on science policy, marine ecosystems, fisheries, and ocean management.

Dr. Rosenberg served as the inaugural director of the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS from 2012 to 2022. Previously, he was senior vice president for science and knowledge at Conservation International, and as the northeast regional administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In this position, he negotiated recovery plans for New England and mid-Atlantic fishery resources, endangered species protections, and habitat conservation programs. He later became deputy director of the service.

Dr. Rosenberg was also the convening lead author of the oceans chapter of the US Climate Impacts Advisory Panel and of the UN World Ocean Assessment. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Ocean Studies Board and the US Commission on Ocean Policy. He was a professor of natural resources and the environment at the University of New Hampshire, where he previously served as dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.

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

Selected publications

Goldman, G. T,, E. Berman, M. Halpern, C. Johnson, Y. Kothari, G. Reed and A. A. Rosenberg. 2017. Ensuring scientific integrity in the age of Trump. Science 355: 696-698.

J. Sullivan, E. Cerny-Chipman, A. A. Rosenberg and J. Lubchenco. 2017. Strategies for bridging the science-policy interface for adaptive solutions in the anthropocene. In Levin, P. and M. Poe. Conservation in the anthropocene ocean. Academic Press, New York. 504pp.

Saavedra-Diaz, L. M., R. Pomeroy and A.A. Rosenberg. 2016. Managing small-scale fisheries in Colombia. Maritime Studies 15:15 DOI 10.1186/s40152-016-0054-0

Beever, E.A., J. O’Leary, C. Mengelt, J.M.West, S. Julius, N. Green, D. Magness, L. Petes, B. Stein, A. B. Nicotra, J. J Hellmann, A. L. Robertson, M. D Staudinger, A.A. Rosenberg, E. Babij, J. Brennan, G. W. Schuurman, and G. E Hofmann. 2015. Improving conservation outcomes with a new paradigm for understanding species’ fundamental and realized adaptive capacity. Conservation Letters DOI:10.1111/conl.12190

Rosenberg, A. A., L. M. Branscomb, V. Eady , P. C. Frumhoff, G. T. Goldman, M. Halpern, K. Kimmell, Y. Kothari, L. D. Kramer, N. F. Lane, J. J. McCarthy, P. Phartiyal, K. Rest, R. Sims, C. Wexler 2015. Congress's attacks on science-based rules. Science Vol. 348 no. 6238, pp. 964-966.

Halpern, B. S., C. Longo, JS Stewart Lowndes, B. D. Best, M. Frazier, S. K. Katona, K. M. Kleisner, A. A. Rosenberg, C. Scarborough, and E. R. Selig. 2015. Patterns and emerging trends in global ocean health. PloS one 10 (3): e0117863.

Rosenberg, A.A. 2015. Uncertainty inevitable but not an excuse for inaction. The Environmental Forum 32(2): 53.