About

US CLIVAR Project Office

The US CLIVAR Project Office, funded by NASA, NOAA, NSF, and DOE, and operated through the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS), provides the critical infrastructure to enable the planning, implementation, and communication of scientific research activities of the US CLIVAR Program. The Office is comprised principally of three individuals – a Director, a Program Specialist/Communications Manager, and a Meetings Manager in Washington, DC. Additional CPAESS staff in Boulder provide web development, information technology, budget, and grant management support.

 

Mike Patterson, Director

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202.787.1681
mpatterson"at"usclivar.org

Mike joined the US CLIVAR Project Office as Director in January 2011. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring all scientific and programmatic coordination activities are completed as guided by the US CLIVAR Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) and supported by the Inter-Agency Group (IAG) of program managers.  He engages agency managers and fosters interagency dialogue through monthly IAG meetings, which he chairs. He supports the SSC and its Panels in the development of a new US CLIVAR Science Plan to identify priority research questions and challenges for the post-2013 era.  Over the past two decades, Mike has worked to implement climate and global change research programs, having served as program manager in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Global Programs and Climate Program Office, managing the Pan American Climate Studies and CLIVAR Pacific programs, and launching the Climate Prediction Program for the Americas.  More recently, prior to joining the US CLIVAR Office, he has served as interim program director at the  National Science Foundation, Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Division, assisting in the management of the Climate Research Investment solicitation for Decadal and Regional Prediction Using Earth System Models.

 

Kristan Uhlenbrock, Program Specialist/Communications Manager

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202.787.1682
kuhlenbrock"at"usclivar.org

Kristan Uhlenbrock is the Communications Manager/Program Specialist for the US CLIVAR office. Her work focuses on managing the program’s communication and outreach activities and providing support to facilitate science planning, program implementation, and interagency coordination. Over the years, Kristan has focused on driving communication and outreach to advance ocean science and policy. Prior to joining US CLIVAR, she was the Associate Director for Ocean Communication at the Center for American Progress. And before that she worked at the American Geophysical Union, the Environmental Protection Agency in the oceans and coastal protection division, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality to develop and advance the National Ocean Policy. Kristan received an M.S. in marine science from the University of South Florida College of Marine Science, studying nutrient distributions and their impacts on coastal and estuarine systems, as well as their role in sustaining harmful algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico. She also received an M.A. science writing from Johns Hopkins University. She also holds a B.S. in chemistry.

 

Jeff Becker, Meetings Manager

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202.787.1683
jbecker"at"usclivar.org

Jeff brings over fifteen years of experience in managing meetings and events to the US CLIVAR team. Joining in June 2018, he serves as the Meeting and Event Planner for the office, handling all logistics and travel coordination, and working in concert with organizing committees and the UCAR team in Boulder. He has previously worked in event management for various trade associations including Airports Council International-North America, the National Recreation and Park Association, and the Maryland Association for Justice. Jeff holds a B.A. in theater production and design from the University of Maryland College Park and earned his Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in 2006.

 

Tania Sizer, Web Developer

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303.497.8684
tsizer"at"ucar.edu

Tania is the Web Developer for the Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS), which is part of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. Tania developed the US CLIVAR website and is maintaining it. Tania has been working in the field of web development for many years and has been with UCAR since 2006 and at CPAESS since February 2011. Previously she worked as a scientific computer programmer. She has two bachelor's degrees, the first in English from Binghamton University and the second is in Computer Science and Fine Art from the University of Colorado, Boulder.