Amanda Staudt, Director
Phone: (202) 334-3512
Amanda Staudt directs the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) and the Polar Research Board (PRB) at the National Research Council. Amanda leads strategic planning, guides project development, and provides institutional oversight for both boards. From 2007-2013, Amanda was a Senior Climate Scientist at the National Wildlife Federation. In this role, she focused on communicating climate science and impacts with key decision makers and the general public, developing the intellectual and practical foundation for climate-informed conservation, and advancing climate change science education. She served on the steering committee for Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services: Technical Input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment, and was an editor of Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice, a 2014 guidance produced by an expert workgroup including representatives from government, nonprofits, and academia. Prior to her time at NWF, Amanda was a Senior Program Officer for BASC, where she directed the Climate Research Committee and a number of high-profile studies, including the fast-track review of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan, and studies on weather research for surface transportation and radiative forcing effects on climate. She also spear-headed the development of the Academy’s first booklet on climate change targeted to public audiences. Amanda received her B.A. cum laude in environmental science and engineering from Harvard College and her Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from Harvard University.
Laurie Geller, Senior Program Officer
Phone: (202) 334-1518
Laurie Geller is Senior Program Officer for the National Academies' Polar Research Board (PRB) and for the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC). She has more than a decade of experience with the National Academies, directing numerous activities addressing polar science, climate and global change, air pollution, sustainable development, and other related topics. In recent years this has included managing the Arctic Matters public engagement initiative, the Committee on Strategic Planning for the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research, the Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the joint NAS/UK Royal Society booklet Climate Change: Evidence and Causes, and the America's Climate Choices suite of studies. Outside of her National Academies role, she has served as an AAAS Science Policy Fellow (with the U.S. EPA), as a Program Officer at the International Council for Science (ISCU) secretariat in Paris, and as a visiting Professor at American University-Paris. She has a Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Lauren Everett, Program Officer
Phone: (202) 334-1753
Lauren Everett (née Brown) is a program officer with the Polar Research Board and the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, where she has been involved in a number of studies such The Arctic in the Anthropocene: Emerging Research Questions, Opportunities to Use Remote Sensing in Understanding Permafrost and Related Ecological Characteristics, and Future Science Opportunities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. She holds an MS in Marine Studies with a focus on physical ocean science and engineering and BA in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Delaware. Lauren joined the National Academies in 2009 as a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow and is interested in high-latitude environmental policy issues and the role of polar regions in global climate change.
April Melvin, Associate Program Officer
Phone: (202) 334-2684
April Melvin is an Associate Program Officer with the National Academy of Sciences Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) and Polar Research Board (PRB). Prior to joining BASC/PRB, April was a Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Climate Change Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In this role she coordinated research on climate change impacts in Alaska, primarily economic damages to public infrastructure and costs of responding to wildfire. She has also held positions as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Florida, where she studied the effects of increasing wildfire severity in Alaska’s boreal forests, and was a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow with BASC. April received her Ph.D. in ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry from Cornell University and holds a B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Rochester.
Rita Gaskins, Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (202) 334-2597
Rita Gaskins is the Administrative coordinator for BASC. She has been employed with the National Academies since 1998. Before joining BASC in 2008 she worked with the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Board on Health Care Services, Board on Population Health (formerly the Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention) and the Office of Human Resources.