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Mines alumnus lead author on national climate assessment
Release Date Monday, May 19, 2014
Mines alumnus Timothy M. Bull Bennett was a lead author on the Third National Climate Assessment, briefing the nation's leaders in Washington, D.C. Bennett earned his Ph.D. in Atmospheric, Environmental and Water Resources in 2005, the university’s first Native American doctoral student.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (May 19, 2014) – Timothy M. Bull Bennett, a South Dakota School of Mines & Technology alumnus, recently briefed the nation’s leaders in Washington as a lead author on the Third National Climate Assessment.

Bennett earned his Ph.D. in Atmospheric, Environmental and Water Resources in 2005, the university’s first Native American doctoral student.

He was joined with fellow co-convening lead authors on May 6 at the White House and on May 7 at both houses of the U.S. Congress to brief the nation’s leadership on the assessment’s official release.

The 841-page document is the effort of multiple agencies to assess the impacts of climate change on the regional, environmental and economic sectors of the country. It includes input from more than 300 contributors from federal, state and regional government, as well as academic, tribal and private sources. 

“Climate change is happening now. It is impacting all sectors of society, but we cannot lose hope. As a society we have opportunities to reduce future impacts by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for changes that are already happening,” Bennett said.

At Mines, Bennett’s dissertation examined monitoring and assessing sustainable bison management practices. Since earning his Ph.D., Bennett worked at the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges as the science programs coordinator and then as the president and CEO. He is currently president and CEO of Kiksapa Consulting, LLC, providing professional consultation in climate impacts, environmental science, natural resource management, technology and education, and emergency response.

The assessment can be read at http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/report, a website published by the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

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