James Buizer

James Buizer
Job Title(s)
Interim Director, Arizona Institutes for Resilience
Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Research Scientist, Arid Lands Resource Sciences Program
Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Global Change Faculty

James Buizer is Senior Strategy Advisor to the Office of Research, Innovation and Impact (RII), and Professor of Climate Adaptation in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. He also serves as Associate Director of the UArizona Aegis Consortium for a Pandemic Free Future, and as Professor in the Arid Lands Resources Sciences, and the Global Change GIDPs.  He is Founding Director Emeritus of the Arizona Institute for Resilient Environments and Societies (AIRES) and Past Director of the Climate Adaptation and International Development Program and Deputy Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona. He currently serves on the UArizona Presidential Implementation Commission for the Future of Agriculture and Food Production in a Drying Climate, as Senior Advisor to the UA/RII Faculty Foresight Council, on the Biosphere 2 Board of Directors, on the Humanitarian Assistance Technical Support (HATS) Advisory Board, and on the Steering Committee of the France-Arizona Institute for Global Grand Challenges.  He serves as Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee at the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES), Bangkok, Thailand, on the Council of Advisors to Planet Forward, on the Thomas Lovejoy Amazon Biodiversity Center Board of Directors, and as a Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University.  He has also served as Chairman of the Boards of Directors of Second Nature, Inc., and the Global Council for Science and the Environment.  From 2003-2011, Jim was Senior Advisor for Institutional Transformation to the President at Arizona State University, where he led the establishment of the Global Institute of Sustainability and its degree-granting School of Sustainability. Prior, Jim was Director of the Climate and Societal Interactions Division at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, D.C. Jim’s research focuses on integrating climate information into decision processes for regional climate resilience in developing countries.  His degrees are in Oceanography and Marine Economics & Policy from the University of Washington.  He is fluent in Spanish, his native tongue.

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