Geernaert photoGary Geernaert

Director, Climate and Environment Sciences Division

U.S. Department of Energy






Gerald (“Gary”) Geernaert is currently director, Climate and Environmental Sciences Division, at the US Department of Energy.  In addition, he is the Vice Chair of the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), and the DOE principal to the US Interagency Arctic Research Policy Group.  In previous appointments, Geernaert was director, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Los Alamos National Laboratory (2002-2010); director of the Department of Atmospheric Environment, National Environmental Research Institute, Denmark (1994-2002); program manager, Office of Naval Research (1989 – 1994), and staff scientist and strategic planner at the US Naval Research Laboratory (1985-1990).    In addition, Gerald Geernaert held several affiliate appointments, including national representative to the environmental policy group, Nordic Council of Ministers.  With a background in meteorology and oceanography, he has produced more than 100 research articles, and he has edited four books.   In addition, he developed numerous initiatives, supported by the Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy, and the European Union, related to air-sea interactions, marine meteorology, space-based remote sensing, environmental economics, infrastructure security, and climate change.  Geernaert received his BS degree from University of California (Davis) in 1977, and the PhD from the University of Washington in 1983.