Anne R. Kapuscinski

UCS Board Chair

The fourth chair of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Board of Directors and the first woman to hold the position, Anne R. Kapuscinski shares a systems approach to problem-solving with UCS staff scientists and analysts. Dr. Kapuscinski’s research addresses sustainability challenges by integrating across ecological, social, and economic domains.

Her current research examines how integrated food-energy systems address the food-water-energy nexus in ways that support climate change mitigation and adaptation, including projects examining integrated food-energy systems on dairy farms, and using microalgae to develop more sustainable feeds for aquaculture, the world’s fastest growing food sector. Dr. Kapuscinski has also studied the impacts of technologies—from dams and hatcheries to aquaculture and genetic engineering—on fish conservation.

Dr. Kapuscinski prioritizes active participation in the science-policy interface, presently serving on the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s Committee on Fisheries Advisory Working Group on Aquatic Genetic Resources and Technologies. She has also been a scientific advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under three administrations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the World Health Organization, the Global Environment Facility, the European Union Food Safety Agency, and the state of Minnesota. She has served on four U.S. National Academy of Science committees addressing salmon conservation and risk analyses of genetically modified organisms. She previously served on the Board of Trustees of the WorldFish Center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.

Dr. Kapuscinski is the director of the Coastal Science and Policy Program—a graduate program training future leaders in coastal resource sustainability—and a professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining the University of California, Santa Cruz, her teaching and advisory duties as professor of environmental studies and Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Sustainability Science at Dartmouth College included leading the establishment of an undergraduate sustainability minor. In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Kapuscinski serves as the inaugural editor-in-chief of Sustainability Transitions, a domain of the online journal Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. She also taught and co-founded several interdisciplinary programs at the University of Minnesota and was a professor in its Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology.

Dr. Kapuscinski was awarded an Honor Award from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for environmental protection (1997), a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation (2001), the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology (2008), and the Rachel Carson Environmental Award from the Natural Products Association (2014).

Last revised date: August 1, 2018