Expert Advisory Council

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The CLEO Advisory Council has been established to provide guidance and support to the staff and to the Institute as we grow.

The council is composed of top climate scientists, environmentalists, teachers, and government officials.


Ricardo Alvarez- President & Director, MITIGAT.com. Specialties: vulnerability assessment & mitigation

Maribel Balbin- President at Public Affairs Concepts and Voter Services Chair for League of Women Voters.

Henry O. Briceño, Ph.D.- Professor at Southeast Environmental Research Center & Department of Earth and Environment at Florida International University.

Julie Dick- Environmental lawyer who is a relentless advocate for hurricane and sea level rise preparedness, conservation of coastal resources, and responsible planning.  

Maribeth Gidley, Ph.D.- Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division (NOAA) CIMAS

Jane Gilbert - Chief Resilience Officer, City of Miami

Brian Haus, Ph.D.- A Professor in the Ocean Sciences Department at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. 

Ben Kirtman Ph.D.- Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences; Director, Cooperative Institute for Marine & Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS); Director; Center for Computational Science Climate and Environmental Hazards Program UM RSMAS.

Amy Knowles- Deputy Resiliency Officer for the City of Miami Beach

Cindy Lerner- The former Mayor of the Village of Pinecrest and former President of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities.

Nancy Gassman, Ph.D.-Assistant Public Works Director - Sustainability, City of Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Michael E. Mann, Ph.D.- Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC).

Camilo Mejia- Network Director for Catalyst,  and author of an Iraq war memoir that details his journey from enthusiastic infantryman to conscientious objector.

David Nadeau- Marine educator and ecologist, captain, and nature photographer

Jayantha Obeysekera Ph.D.- Director and Research Professor in the Sea Level Solutions Center, Florida International University

John(Jack) Parker Ph.D.- Professor Emeritus, Smithsonian Environmental Science and Chemistry

Brian Soden Ph.D.- Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, UM RSMAS - Specialization: Tropical Climate Change, Climate Modeling, Remote Sensing

Philip K. Stoddard, Ph. D.- Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, FIU; Mayor, City of South Miami, and appointed by the White House in 2015 to the Governance Coordinating Committee of the National Ocean Council where he developed national policy for sea level rise. 

Tiffany G. Troxler, Ph. D.- Research Associate Professor, Southeast Environmental Research Center, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University