James Buizer

Past Chair, NCSE Board of Directors
Professor of Climate Adaptation & International Development, University of Arizona

James (Jim) Buizer is Professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment and
Director of the Climate Adaptation and International Development Program in the Institute of the
Environment at the University of Arizona. He is also a Member of the Faculties of Arid Lands
Studies, and the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Global Change. Jim’s research interests are
in sustainability science, adaptation to impacts of climate variability and change, institutional design
and transformation, and boundary spanning organizations.

Prior to joining the University of Arizona, Jim was Senior Advisor to Arizona State University (ASU)
President Michael Crow, and Executive Director for Strategic Institutional Transformation in the
Office of the President. Upon arriving at ASU in September 2003 until July 2007 Professor Buizer
served as founding Executive Director of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives in the Office of the
President, where he led the conceptualization, design, and implementation of the University-wide
Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) and its School of Sustainability, launched fall 2006, as the
first of its kind in the world. He maintains an appointment as Senior Sustainability Scientist at ASU.

Until 2003, Jim served as Director of the Climate and Societal Interactions Office at the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for
designing and leading the Agency’s integrated, multidisciplinary research and applications program
positioned at the climate and societal interface. In his personal capacity, he has served on
numerous Boards. He is immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Council
for Science and the Environment, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Second
Nature, Inc. He also serves on the Council of Advisors for Planet Forward, the Board on Global
Strategies for the American Meteorological Society, and chairs the Senior Advisory Council of the
Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia based in Bangkok,

Buizer has published extensively on institutionalizing the science-to-action interface, integrating
climate information into development decision processes, and climate assessments. He received
his degrees in Oceanography, Marine Resource Economics, and Science Policy from the University
of Washington, Seattle, Washington.