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Renee D. Crain

(703) 292-4482
(703) 292-9082
W 7142
Acting Section Head

Program Responsibilities:
Arctic Research Opportunities
Ship-based Science Technical Support in the Arctic


Renee is the Acting Section Head, Polar Environment, Safety & Health since September 2019. She returned to NSF after a detail as Acting Director of the Arctic Research Program at NOAA Research. While at NOAA Renee led efforts in strategic planning and developing collaborations across NOAA on Arctic research. Renees home program is the National Science Foundation's Arctic Research Support and Logistics (RSL). The RSL program was created in 1999 to improve access, efficiency and safety of U.S. researchers in the Arctic. The RSL programs investments support field expeditions, research stations, aircraft, vessels, and other services to enable NSF-grantees to conduct cutting-edge research in the Arctic. Renee led efforts in improving risk management and environmental compliance, developing remote instrumentation, enhancing research capabilities of USCGC Healy, collaborating with Indigenous organizations, arctic community organizing, data visualization, and contract management. Renee organized education efforts during International Polar Year 2007-2009 and served on the Climate Change Education Working Group in 2011. She holds M.S. and B.A. degrees in biology and started in arctic research studying physiological and behavioral adaptations in arctic birds. Since joining NSF in 2002 and the RSL program in 2005, Renee has expanded partnerships with other U.S. agencies and international organizations to benefit research, education and outreach. From July-December 2016 Renee served a detail at the Office of Science and Technology Policy as Policy Adviser and Executive Secretary, Arctic Executive Steering Committee. She helped orchestrate the first Arctic Science Ministerial.