Anthony C. Janetos has been named Director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute as of October, 2006.
Dr. Janetos previously served as vice president of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment in Washington, D.C., where he directed the center's Global Change Program. He has written and spoken widely to policy, business, and scientific audiences on the need for scientific input and scientific assessment in the policymaking process and about the need to understand the scientific, environmental, economic, and policy linkages among the major global environmental issues.
“Climate change and other global environmental changes remain among the most serious and difficult environmental issues,” Janetos noted recently. “The consequences of global change are far-reaching, ranging from impacts on agriculture and ecosystems to potential concerns for human health and long-term sustainable development. Strategies for addressing global change involve technological and economic choices that will themselves affect societies for decades. The technological, scientific, and economic research questions raised by different strategies to deal with the causes and consequences of global change are the foundation for the work of the Joint Global Change Research Institute.“
Dr. Janetos has served on several national and international study teams, including working as a co-chair of the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change. He also was an author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Land-Use Change and Forestry, the Global Biodiversity Assessment, and a coordinating lead author in the recently published Millennium Ecosystem Assessment . He currently serves as a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space. Dr. Janetos graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in biology and earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in biology from Princeton University.