Specialties: Climate Change, Climate Change Adaptation, Coastal and Nearshore Environment, Science Communication
Susanne Moser heads a research and consulting firm in Santa Cruz, CA, is a social science research fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, and a research associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz Institute for Marine Sciences. Previously, she served as a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado; served as staff scientist for climate change at the Union of Concerned Scientists; was a research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and at the Heinz Center in Washington, DC.
Susi's work focuses on adaptation to climate change, vulnerability, resilience, climate change communication, social change, decision support and the interaction between scientists, policy-makers and the public. She is a geographer by training (Ph.D. 1997, Clark University) with an interests in how social science can inform society's responses to this global challenge. She has worked coastal areas, urban and rural communities, with forest-reliant communities, and on human health issues.
Susi contributed to Working Group II of the Nobel prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report, and currently serves as review editor on the IPCC’s Special Report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.” She has advised the Obama Administration on communication of climate change, evaluated former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Project on climate change communication, and is a frequent advisor to policy-makers and managers at all levels of government. She is a co-editor with Lisa Dilling (University of Colorado-Boulder) on a ground-breaking 2007 anthology on climate change communication, called Creating a Climate for Change: Communicating Climate Change and Facilitating Social Change (Cambridge University Press). Her work has been recognized through fellowships in the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, the UCAR Leadership Academy, Kavli Frontiers of Science Program, and the Donella Meadows Leadership Program.