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CRF Founder and CEO



CRF is led by Dr. Margaret Leinen, internationally known oceanographer, biogeochemist and paleoceanographer and science administrator. Dr. Leinen was the Assistant Director for Geosciences of the US National Science Foundation from 2000-2007, where she was responsible for earth, atmosphere, ocean and environmental science at the agency responsible for much of the academic research funding in these fields. In that position she chaired the US Global Change Research Program from 2000-2001 and was Vice-Chair of its successor, the US Climate Change Science Program from 2002-2007. This program coordinated all US federal climate science investment.

During her research career Dr. Leinen served as the Vice-Chair of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program; member of the US National Research Council Climate Research Committee, member of the Scientific Committee of the Ocean Drilling Program, President of the Oceanography Society, and in many other national and international positions.

Dr. Leinen was the Dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography, the Interim Dean of the College of Environment and Life Sciences, and the Vice-Provost for Marine and Environmental Programs of the University of Rhode Island.

Dr. Leinen is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the National Council for Science of the Environment (NCSE) and the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON, Inc.).  She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Geological Society of America (GSA).  She is the past Chair of the Atmospheric and Hydrologic Sciences Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a former President of The Oceanography Society.  She is also a member of the Board on Development of the American Geophysical Union.

Prior to joining CRF, Dr. Leinen was the Chief Science Officer of Climos, Inc.