|Dr. Margaret Leinen Elected As Chair-Elect For AAAS Section On Atmospheric And Hydrospheric Sciences
SAN FRANCISCO, California (February 19, 2008) -- Dr. Margaret
Leinen, Chief Science Officer of Climos, a company focused on exploring
large mechanisms for mitigating climate change, and formerly the
Assistant Director of Geosciences for the US National Science
Foundation was elected the Chair-Elect for the AAAS Section on
Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences today at the close of the 2008
AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston. Leinen will hold this position until
assuming the Chair after the next annual meeting in Chicago in 2009.
The current AAAS Chair of Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences is
Dr. Anne Thompson, Professor of Meteorology at the Pennsylvania State
University. Dr. Thompson is an atmospheric scientist who atmospheric
chemistry, remote sensing of ozone, and global change, including the
simulation of future and pre-industrial troposphere.
Leinen left her position as the Director of Geosciences for the
National Science Foundation in February of 2007 to become Climos' Chief
Science Officer. At NSF she was responsible for the overall direction
and funding of the US geosciences research program. She was also Vice
Chair of the US Climate Change Science Program, a member of the US
delegation for the 3rd assessment of the IPCC report, and head of the
US delegation for the Interamerican Institute for Global Change
Research--a western hemisphere treaty organization of 19 countries.
Prior to her role at NSF she was Dean of the Graduate School of
Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. Leinen is a PhD
paleooceanographer and biogeochemist whose research focused in part on
the role of iron in past climate cycles.
Drafting was led by Michael Shuster, Partner in the Intellectual
Property Group and Co-Chair of the Life Sciences practice at Fenwick
& West in San Francisco. "Protecting intellectual property involved
in an ocean-based operation presented an interesting challenge. We
employed a systems approach to connect activity at sea with Climos
technology on land used to quantify, value, and market carbon credits
generated by ocean fertilization activities. I believe that these
aspects of the technology represent the critical path in the commercial
application of ocean fertilization."
Climos is a company dedicated to removing carbon from the
atmosphere. Founded in California's Silicon Valley by entrepreneurs Dan
Whaley and Richard Whilden, Climos scientific research is overseen by
Dr. Margaret Leinen, former Assistant Director of Geosciences at the
National Science Foundation (NSF). Climos is guided by a Scientific
Advisory Board that includes some of the world's experts in ocean,
earth and climate science.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Triple
A-S" (AAAS), is an international non-profit organization dedicated to
advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader,
spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing
membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as
many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs
that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.