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October 2006

New deputy director for ISSE

Paty Romero-Lankao
Paty Romero-Lankao. Photo by Carlye Calvin, UCAR.

Paty Romero-Lankao, ISSE's new deputy director, arrived in Boulder in July and has settled in at Foothills Lab.

Paty comes to NCAR from Mexico City, where she was a professor in the department of social and political sciences at Autonomous Metropolitan University, teaching courses on environmental and development issues.

"When I saw the position open in ISSE, I thought, 'This is what I would like to do. It's a window for me to develop what I'm really interested in,'" says Paty. She was first introduced to NCAR in 2003, when she spent three weeks here as a participant in the Advanced Institute on Urbanization, Emission, and the Global Carbon Cycle.

As deputy director, Paty hopes to foster more collaboration among ISSE researchers and build a strong group dynamic. She also wants to enhance the group's interactions with other NCAR programs and the broader international research community.

"My goal is for ISSE to be not just a group of very good individuals, but that we develop working groups on issues related to NCAR science and we become known for working together on issues relevant to global environmental change," she says.

Paty is a sociologist by training. She holds two Ph.D.s, one in regional development from Autonomous Metropolitan University, and the other in agricultural sciences and environmental policy from the University of Bonn in Germany. She is a member of the scientific steering committee of the Global Carbon Project, which is sponsored by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program and the World Climate Research Program.

Paty's research has covered many topics, including global, national, and regional drivers of land and energy use in megacities and their impacts on the carbon cycle; linkages between global, national, and regional drivers of environmental change and production strategies among farmers and industrial enterprises; the relationship between climate change, structural and state reforms, and adaptation strategies among water users; implications of global change and urban-rural water linkages on local water management and usage; and social perception and response to environmental change by farmers and enterprises.

One of Paty's first moves as deputy director was to co-chair an international conference, "Carbon Management at Urban and Regional Levels: Connecting Development Decisions to Global Issues," which took place September 4-8 in Mexico City. Approximately 25 early-career scientists from around the world met to talk about how to incorporate cities into Earth system models. For more information, see "On the Web."

• by Nicole Gordon

On the Web

Paty Romero-Lankao's Home Page
Carbon Management at Urban and Regional Levels

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Andrew Crook memorial bench unveiled on weather trail

New deputy director for ISSE

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