GMRI Scientist Appointed To National Leadership Role

Tidings | Oct 20, 2021

Dr. Kathy Mills will serve as a Chapter Lead for the Fifth National Climate Assessment — a comprehensive, congressionally mandated report that is collaboratively developed by the nation’s top scientists and researchers.

A portrait of Research Scientist Kathy Mills against a waterfront backdrop

In August, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) announced the appointment of Research Scientist Dr. Kathy Mills as a Chapter Lead for the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5).

Dr. Mills becomes the second GMRI scientist in a row selected to lead the NCA chapter covering oceans and marine resources. Former GMRI Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Andrew Pershing, led the development of the same chapter for the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4).

I'm incredibly honored to have been selected as the Chapter Lead for the Fifth National Climate Assessment’s oceans chapter. I'm looking forward to collaborating with some of the brightest minds in the field to characterize the climate risks to our oceans and marine resources, as well as opportunities and solutions to ameliorate those risks.

Kathy Mills, Ph.D. Research Scientist

The National Climate Assessment is a comprehensive, congressionally mandated report that is collaboratively developed by the nation’s top scientists and researchers. The report analyzes effects and trends of global change across a range of systems. The end product is a policy-neutral technical scientific assessment that supports informed decision-making.

The chapter covering oceans issues is one chapter of many in the report. Its ultimate scope will be informed by stakeholder engagement and expert input, but has historically covered topics such as climate-driven ecosystem disruption, impacts on fisheries, and the consequences of extreme events on marine resources.

Dr. Mills will lead this chapter's authorship with a diverse team of experienced scientists and practitioners. The goal is to help inform forward-looking adaptation, resilience, and mitigation strategies.

Dr. Mills leads the Integrated Systems Ecology Lab at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. She and her team distill complex ocean data to understand how a mix of variables affect marine ecosystems, fisheries, and fishing communities.

“Dr. Mills’ appointment to this prestigious position is an acknowledgment of the high standing she holds among her peers and resonance of her research across communities. By translating complex ecological changes in the marine environment into consequences and response options for coastal communities reliant on the blue economy, Dr. Mills’ work is providing a blueprint for waterfront economies to continue thriving in a warmer world,“ said Dr. Dave Reidmiller, Climate Center Director at GMRI and the Director of the previous NCA. “She’ll be joining hundreds of the nation’s leading experts in providing to the nation — and the world — the most up-to-date understanding of how climate change affects American well-being.”

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