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Jenkins Named Science Advisor to Vermont Climate Collaborative

By Jeffrey Wakefield Article published April 9, 2008

Jennifer Jenkins, research assistant professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, has been named science advisor to the Vermont Climate Collaborative.

The Vermont Climate Collaborative, a partnership of Vermont’s government, academic, and private sectors, was created in late 2007 at the recommendation of the Governor’s Commission on Climate Change, a group convened by Vermont governor Jim Douglas to develop strategies for reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The Climate Collaborative’s strategic partnership seeks to intensify the capacity for essential research, innovation, and technology transfer leading to an economically sound, socially desirable, and environmentally healthy future in Vermont and beyond.

Jenkins, who is a fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, program director for the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative, and co-director of the UVM Carbon Dynamics Lab, served on the Plenary Group for the Vermont Governor’s Commission on Climate Change. She is an accomplished ecosystem scientist whose research focuses on carbon cycling and carbon sequestration, particularly in forest and residential landscapes.

Jenkins came to UVM in 2002 and was nominated by the U.S. Government in that year to serve on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She was a lead author on two chapters for one of the group’s 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winning reports. She has authored or co-authored more than thirty peer-reviewed and technical papers since receiving her doctorate in 1998 and has received more than $1.3 million dollars in competitive grants for her research since coming to UVM.

Jenkins will provide assistance to the Climate Collaborative specifically with respect to its scientific agenda, by helping its members and working groups assemble and synthesize the scientific information required to make informed decisions.

“Jen Jenkins is just the person to provide the sound science the Climate Collaborative needs to be successful,” said John Hughes, UVM provost. “She is a highly productive scientist with internationally recognized expertise in just the area we are focusing our effort on in Vermont. We’re lucky to have her.”

The Agency of Natural Resources is spearheading the efforts of the state for the Climate Collaborative. Secretary George Crombie said the collaborative will flourish under Jenkins’ guidance.

“To have someone with the caliber of Dr. Jenkins’ expertise working so closely with the collaborative is inspiring. She understands the issues and is passionate about the science,” Crombie said.

“It’s a great honor to be asked to serve in the role of science advisor,” Jenkins said. “I’d like to see the work of the Climate Collaborative drive both a measurable reduction in Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions and a robust and thriving sustainable green economy in our state. I’m very excited to be part of the team.”

Jenkins officially began work with the Vermont Climate Collaborative on March 1.