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David J. Verardo

(703) 292-4695
(703) 292-9022
W 8241
Program Director

Program Responsibilities:
Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2)


Since joining the National Science Foundation (NSF) in October 2000, Dr. Verardo has led the Paleoclimate Program, served as the Head of the Atmosphere Section in the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, and has been involved in a number of cross-divisional and cross-directorate research activities at the NSF including, most recently, the annual competition in Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2).  Dr. Verardo has also served in the NSF Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (OEOP).  In 2008, Dr. Verardo received the NSF Director's Award for Collaborative Integration.

Dr. Verardo joined the NSF after serving as deputy to Dr. Robert Watson, Chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), for the Special Report on Land Use, Land Use Change, and Forestry. Dr. Verardo also served as a Congressional Science Fellow in the Office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon working on science-based carbon sequestration strategies and nuclear waste contamination and disposal issues.  The fellowship was organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and sponsored by from the Geological Society of America (GSA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Dr. Verardo has served on the faculties of the University of Virginia, Long Island University, and Hofstra University as well as the technical staff of the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.  He served six years in the U.S. Coast Guard as a Boatswains Mate Third Class and Coxswain in charge of search and rescue vessels.

Dr. Verardo holds a Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, J.D. from Concord Law School, and B.A. in Geology from C.W. Post College of Long Island University.