SAB Members

Dr. Susan Avery

President Emeritus

Susan K. Avery, PhD

Susan Avery became the ninth President and Director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in February 2008 and is the first female leader of the institution. Avery has used her unique position as an atmospheric scientist in charge of a world-renowned oceanographic research institution to underscore the importance of the interactions between the ocean, atmosphere, terrestrial, and human systems in efforts to understand Earth as a whole. Her previous jobs include interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Colorado Boulder, as well as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. From 1994-2004, she served as director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. Dr. Avery earned her Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois in 1978 and her research interests include studies of atmospheric circulation and precipitation, the development of new radar techniques and instruments for observing the atmosphere, and the role of climate science in decision support.

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